Study Programme

Earth Structure and Dynamics is a two-year Master’s programme taught in English that includes both taught courses and research awarding a total of 120 points in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

Detailed information about courses



The first year is devoted to course work, while the second year is primarily spent conducting independent research and/or a traineeship.

Independent research (Master's thesis)

During your independent research you work on an individual project. This includes reading relevant literature to formulate research questions and hypotheses, planning and performing the research, and presenting the work in an Master’s thesis and an oral presentation.

Traineeship/guided research

Next to your independent research project, you will choose one of the following options:

  • Traineeship: a traineeship offers on-site training at another research institute, an industry, consultancy firm or governmental organisation. As such, the traineeship prepares you for your career after graduation.
  • Guided research: this can include various research and learning activities such as small research projects, as well as attending summer schools, seminars, workshops and complementary courses. 


  • Lectures 
  • Field research
  • Independent research
  • Traineeship/guided research


In most courses, examinations are used to evaluate the achievement of the teaching goals. In addition, the assessment of oral presentations, homework, reports, essays or other assignments can contribute to the course grading. Traineeships, research projects and the Master’s project are evaluated based on the final report/thesis and your performance during these activities.