Wide spectrum of disciplines

As a student in Utrecht University’s Master in Earth Surface and Water programme, you will gain exposure to a wide spectrum of disciplines within the Earth Sciences. After starting the programme, you will select one of four 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 microscopic to global in scale, and concerning past, contemporary, and future dynamics of continental and coastal systems. You have the opportunity to approach your research in a truly integrated fashion with field research, laboratory experiments, remote sensing, and process-based numerical modelling.

State of the art facilities

You will receive excellent support from technical and electronic engineers and use state-of-the art laboratory facilities and field instrumentation. You will also have access to excellent computational tools for hydrological and coastal-river morphodynamic modelling, either developed in-house or provided by third parties such as Deltares.

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, the Royal Netherlands Institute of Meteorology (KNMI), and the Royal Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)  are situated on campus or in the nearby area. The close proximity stimulates collaboration and strengthens the quality of our research and education.