Knowledge of the past, is the key to the future
Understanding how planet Earth works is important for everyone. That is what Earth Sciences is all about. VU Amsterdam offers you a wide range of specializations that will help you ecome a geoscientist who is aware of how crucial it is to learn about the intriguing interrelations of System Earth.
International in scope
Many staff members and students involved in Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam come from abroad, making it a truly international Masters programme. Furthermore, it is a programme in which the whole world is your field of study.
VU Amsterdam is renowned for combining all Earth Sciences specializations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences at our university is closely linked to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Why limit yourself to being just a geologist or a geographer? Become a true Earth Scientist, with far-reaching background knowledge that allows you to really make the most of your future. How exactly do ice ages, life, plate tectonics and CO2 cycles in the Earths crust and oceans interact? What is the relationship between landscape and fault movements in the dating of rocks or in processes like uplift and erosion?
The programmes excellent reputation is partly due to the fact that it is small enough to facilitate personal contact between all participants but large enough to encompass the full range of pecializations. In that sense, Amsterdam and the programme are much alike: impressive but small enough to make you feel right at home.
The programme in a nutshell
Earth Sciences is a general Masters programme which differs from the specialized Masters we offer. The programme gives you the opportunity to choose a specialization, but selecting one does not mean that you are restricted to just that one subject. You have the option of exploring every aspect of one specific area in great detail if you want to, but you are also free to choose your own subjects for up to a quarter of the required credits.
Earth Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers you these excellent, English-taught specializations:
- Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records
- Geology and Geochemistry
After the doctoral or master degree programmes, there are opportunities to continue your educational career in a number of PhD programmes at the Vrije Universiteit, organised within a number of research schools:
- Inter University Centre for Geo-ecological Research (ICG);
- Netherlands Research School for the Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE);
- Research School Sedimentary Geology (NSG);
- Integrated Solid Earth Sciences (ISES).
The PhD programme always consists of carrying out a research project, leading to a PhD thesis/dissertation, and of several compulsory or elective course modules.
Studying at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university is located in the vibrant city of Amsterdam, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with the largest concentration of students in the Netherlands and where English is the second language spoken. The campus is surrounded by one of the most dynamic and fast-growing business districts in the Netherlands hosting over 700 companies.
With more than 23,000 students, of which 3300 are international, the university conducts cutting-edge research into problems of major societal and scientific importance. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes reflecting a strong level of involvement in current societal issues: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, to engage with society and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world. In addition Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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