''Studying Earth Surface and Water at Utrecht University offers you the opportunity to learn from and contribute to a broad field of academic and high-level research''
After my Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences, I started the Master’s programme in Earth Surface and Water. Because I am fascinated by the key role of water in many physical processes and socio-economic issues, during my Master’s I specialised in hydrology and hydrogeology. After a year of in-depth courses, I completed my Master’s thesis at the research institute Deltares. My subject was land subsidence around New Orleans induced by deep groundwater extractions. Currently I am doing an internship at Witteveen+Bos. This is a large engineering and consultancy firm, where I am studying the effects of a flood bypass on the local groundwater regime. In my experience, studying Earth Surface and Water at Utrecht University offers you the opportunity to learn from and contribute to a broad field of academic and high-level research.
''Here I can study at a research hub with global connections and a diverse student and teacher community''
After a year exploring the high mountains of Peru and Chile, I decided to continue my earth science education at Utrecht University. I wanted to study at a research hub with global connections and a diverse student and teacher community. During my Master in Earth Surface and Water, I have developed my skills in laboratory experimentation. I also learnt to model different land surface processes in a wide and flexible curriculum that I have been able to tailor to my interests. In the coming year I will complete my thesis about conduction flume experiments to quantify debris flow entrainment under different conditions. This project will build on the work I did previously on mountainous environments and will give me a taste of the work a researcher in this field will do.
''The programme gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizon by following a course on Arctic glaciers at the University Centre in Svalbard''
I am currently finishing my Master’s degree in Earth Surface and Water specialising in Coastal Dynamics and Fluvial Systems. The programme allowed me to specialise in the topics I am interested in. This was possible by following certain courses, being able to choose my own topic for my thesis and designing my own research for my internship at Deltares. Furthermore, the programme gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizon by following a course on Arctic glaciers at the University Centre in Svalbard. And, of course, through the interaction with staff and fellow students, which made studying this programme even more fun.