The Earth Structure and Dynamics programme at Utrecht University combines geology, geophysics, mathematics, physics, chemistry and field studies to address how the solid Earth works. It allows you to specialise in virtually any aspect of solid Earth science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry. Many students choose a combined geology-geophysics focus.
Core areas of teaching and research
The main subject areas you will study consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, sedimentary basin evolution, properties of Earth materials, including their relevance for sustainable, unconventional and conventional geo-resources.
You will examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes - such as mantle convection, plate tectonics and mountain building - to those having an impact on human time scales.
These include active crustal deformation, seismicity and volcanism, as well as subsidence, uplift and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production, geological storage of CO2 and geothermal energy as well as applied and environmental mineral physics topics.
You will work at scales ranging from satellite imagery and field observations to laboratory experiments and petrographic studies, and from global seismic tomography to electron microscopy.
Observational data are linked to the Earth’s internal structure and to geodynamic processes through modelling, using the latest theoretical, physical, experimental and computational methods.
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 Solid Earth Specialist, Geologist, and Geophysicist.
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.
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- Structure and Composition of the Earth's Interior
- Stable Isotopes In Earth Sciences
- Earth Materials: From The Atomic To Planetary Scale
- Mechanisms Of Deformation And Transport In Rocks
- Structural Analysis Of Deformed Rocks
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- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
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DisciplinesEarth Sciences Geology Environmental Sciences View 50 other Masters in Environmental Sciences in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- The programme Earth Structure and Dynamics is open to students with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject (e.g. earth sciences, natural sciences, physics, physical geography, civil engineering, applied mathematics).
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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.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.