Testimonials

  • ''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''

    Manon Verberne

    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’’

    Frenk Out

    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."