Utrecht University

Earth, Life and Climate, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
Utrecht's University Master of Science in Earth, Life and Climate provides students with essential understanding of climate change, as well as its impact upon the environment. Students learn about the sedimentary systems, the evolution of organism, from molecular to vertebrates and notions of biogeochemistry, all of them in a medium which combines theoretical and practical research.

About

Utrecht's University Master of Science in Earth, Life, and Climate will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. This two-year programme will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The main topics you will study include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction.

You can choose one of four tracks based on your specific interests:

  • Integrated Stratigraphy & Sedimentary Systems

Dynamics of marine and continental sedimentary systems

  • Climate Reconstruction

The reconstruction of climate change through Earth's history

  • Biogeosciences & Evolution

The evolution and response of biota to perturbations in the environments

  • Biogeochemistry

Processes that control the elemental cycles at the Earth’s surface

Societal And Scientific Challenges

On this programme, you will learn state-of-the-art reconstruction methods, modelling techniques, and laboratory experiments used in a wide range of earth and beta science disciplines. These disciplines include biogeology, palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry, organic geochemistry, hydrology, physical geography, geology, biology, climate dynamics, and palaeoceanography. You will utilise these skills in your own research project or on the traineeships you can take in preparation for an international career in applied or fundamental research.

The programme focuses on the following societal and scientific questions:

  • How does the Earth’s climate system respond to higher levels of atmospheric CO2?
  • How fast do ice sheets respond to global warming?
  • How are regional patterns of precipitation controlled by changes in monsoon strength or El Niño?
  • How resilient is the ocean to chemical perturbations?
  • How sensitive are ecosystems and biodiversity to environmental change?
  • How and when did life originate on Earth?
  • How are resources, such as fossil fuels and metal deposits, formed?
Career

Many of our graduates go on to find employment in research. Depending on your personal interests and ambitions, you will be equipped to work in both fundamental and applied research. You can pursue a career in applied research in government institutes, consulting firms, or various industries.

Knowledge of large-scale and long-term processes provides you with a good basis for managing major environmental issues. The numerous global-change issues currently facing us mean you can pursue a variety of employment opportunities in divers sectors.

Possible prospects

Typical professional profiles of our graduates include Geologist, Sedimentologist, Biogeologist, Physical Geographer, Geochemist and Hydrologist.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dynamics Of Sedimentary Systems
  • Organic Geochemistry
  • Evolutionary Paleobiology And Proxies
  • Aquatic And Environmental Chemistry
  • Vertebrate Evolution (Tetrapods)
  • Microbes And Biogeochemistry
  • Field Research Instruction Geology
  • Reconstructing Quaternary Environments
  • Field Research Instruction Geochemistry
  • Kinetic Processes
  • Microbes and Biogeochemistry
  • Reactive Transport in the Hydrosphere
For more information please visit the programme website.

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

  • Besides TOEFL, IELTS and CAE, also Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE - at least Grade C) is accepted as a proof of English Proficiency.
  • The programme Earth, Life and Climate is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. earth sciences, natural sciences, physics, chemistry, physical geography, civil or environmental engineering, applied mathematics).
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written text, as evidenced by your motivation letter and/or writing sample, and the interview that is part of the selection procedure.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18690 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18690 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university.  You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below, which contains some of the scholarships and loans available to international students:

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarships
  • Orange Tulip Scholarships
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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