Explore process affecting the Earth's life and its environment
This two-year Earth, Life and Climate programme at Utrecht University 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 SystemsDynamics of marine and continental sedimentary systems
Climate ReconstructionThe reconstruction of climate change through Earth's history
Biogeosciences & EvolutionThe evolution and response of biota to perturbations in the environments
BiogeochemistryProcesses that control the elemental cycles at the Earth’s surface
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. Typical professional profiles of our graduates include Geologist, Sedimentologist, Biogeologist, Physical Geographer, Geochemist and Hydrologist.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.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
- Microbes And Biogeochemistry
- Astronomical Climate Forcing And Time Scales
- Field Research Instruction Geology
- Field Research Instruction Geochemistry
- Masters Excursion Earth Surface And Water
- Aquatic And Environmental Chemistry
- Vertebrate Evolution (Tetrapods)
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
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DisciplinesEarth Sciences Biology Climate Studies & Meteorology View 12 other Masters in Climate Studies & Meteorology in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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).
International20750 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20750 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2209 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.