Wide spectrum of disciplines

As a student in Utrecht University’s Master in Earth Structure and Dynamics programme, you will gain exposure to a wide spectrum of disciplines within the Earth Sciences. After starting the programme, you will select one of three tracks to suit your specific interests. Each track offers a well-balanced mixture of theoretical and applied courses, independent research, and an (optional) traineeship at a research institute, company, or governmental organisation.

Relevant research

Research topics at Utrecht University form part of larger research efforts to help find innovative, sustainable solutions to threats and opportunities arising from natural and human-induced climate and environmental change. Consequently, the programme prepares you in an optimal way for a future career in academics, industry, or elsewhere.

Excellent research staff

All lecturers are active researchers with excellent reputations and international standing. They are also highly successful in the acquisition of grants from national and European funds. The resulting high quality and challenging educational program will expose you to the most recent scientific insights, allowing you to perform research projects at the forefront of international scientific developments.

Choice of topics

You can choose from a wide variety of research topics, ranging from deep Earth to (near-)surface in focus, microscopic to large scale reconstructions in scale, and from pure theoretical to applied or societal-relevant in nature. You have the opportunity to approach your research from field-oriented to numerical and analogue modelling, a wide range of laboratory studies, or work in collaboration with applied institutions or companies affiliated to the programme.

State of the art facilities

You will receive access to state of the art laboratory facilities and field techniques. You will receive support from excellent technical staff in using advanced instrumentation. You will also have access to top computational tools for numerical or analogue modelling available at Utrecht Universities or its major international partners.

National focal point of Earth Sciences

Utrecht is the national focal point of Earth Sciences in the Netherlands. At Utrecht University, research groups of both the Department of Physical Geography and the Department of Earth Sciences study different aspects of the physical Earth. Applied research institutions, such as TNO Built Environment, Royal Netherlands Institute of Meteorology, or the Netherlands Institute for Space Research are situated on campus or in the nearby area. The close proximity stimulates collaboration and strengthens the quality of our research and education. The national focal point is strengthened by a number of key extraordinary professors and guest teaching staff that provide a critical link to national and international companies and institutions.