''What I like is that you get assignments and small research projects that help you get a grasp of research in Earth Science''
I followed Earth Science at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. To increase and broaden my knowledge of geoscientific topics and because it matched what I tend to find most interesting in geosciences, I chose the Master’s degree programme Earth, Structure and Dynamics. I like the fact that the Master’s programme offers opportunities to select your own path and decide what you want to do and achieve within Earth Science.
What I like about the courses and programme is that you get assignments and small research projects that help you get a grasp of research in Earth Science. Along the way you also pick up practical skills, which I consider very important – what you learn about programming or data processing, for example, can be very useful later on.
"We often are given feedback, which helps you improve very important skills for future jobs, and gives you a big advantage’’
Since I was little, I have been interested in what drives processes we observe on Earth and in outer space: the magnetic field that is driven by the fluid outer core, oceanic plates that sink into the mantle, and the generation of hotspots all the way from the core-mantle boundary. How does this all work? Because I like these subjects and am really fond of maths and physics, I chose to do the Master’s programme Earth, Structure and Dynamics, and more specifically the Physics of the Deep Earth and Planets track.
What I really like about my Master’s programme is that you have a free choice of the courses that interest you the most. What I also appreciate is that we often have oral presentations and reports, on which we are given feedback. This helps you improve very important skills for future jobs, and gives you a big advantage.
"It’s really fascinating how one can look inside the Earth using information from earthquakes"
Alumna Ingrid Mulders, PGS Petroleum Geo-services
"During my bachelor in Earth sciences I was very interested in the large-scale processes occurring in the Earth, but I also really enjoyed the physics and mathematics behind it. The Earth Structure and Dynamics Master's programme brought that perfectly together and the variety of the programme was a great motivation for me as well.
Besides the geophysical courses, we learned practical skills such as programming and data processing. I specialised in seismology; it’s really fascinating how one can look inside the Earth using information from earthquakes! For my Master's thesis, I used such data to calculate the depth of the Moho beneath the Netherlands. Then, during my traineeship, I processed sonar data to search for naval mines. Currently, I'm working for PGS, an oil and gas service company in London, where I process seismic data."