Orientation for a career in a more applied direction can be gained from study profiles focusing on management/society (M-profile). The M-profiles are a supplement to the track chosen within the Master's programme and may also include components outside the Utrecht University Earth Sciences programmes.
A Master's programme with M-profile is concluded with an earth science research project and an obligatory traineeship focusing on the chosen profile. You can choose one of three M-profiles:
- Earth and Sustainability
The M-profile Geo-Resources is made up of a coherent series of courses focusing on knowledge, techniques, and problems regarding the extraction of natural resources including oil and gas. The courses are given by specialists from the non-academic sector (e.g. Shell, TNO, EBN) and by lecturers of Utrecht University and the Free University of Amsterdam. The courses are directed towards many aspects of geology and geophysics that are essential for the successful exploration of geo-resources such as oil and gas.
The following courses have all been labelled as making part of the M-profile Geo-Resources:
- Reflection Seismology & Petroleum Systems
- Geology and Petroleum Geology of the North Sea
- Earth Resources
- Sustainable and Unconventional Geo-Resources
- Subsurface Evaluation for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development
- Elective courses offered outside the Earth Sciences programmes
M-profile Earth and Sustainability
The M-profile Earth and Sustainability is made up of a coherent series of courses oriented towards sustainable development. This provides a solid basis for a career within governmental organisations and consultancy firms that are active in the field of sustainable development. The courses focus on a multi-disciplinary approach of local and global problems. Key is the integration of approaches from the social sciences and natural sciences. The courses are given by lecturers of the Master's programme Sustainable Development within the Graduate School of Geosciences. The courses provide a natural science background for a wide range of topics related to sustainability. Much attention will be devoted to policy with respect to energy, natural resources (including water),land use, and socio-economic aspects that are of importance for long-term changes for the benefit of a sustainable Earth.
The following courses have all been labelled as making part of the M-profile Earth and Sustainability:
- Tools for Energy & Materials Analysis
- Themes in Global Change and Ecosystems
- Sustainable Energy Systems
- Ecosystem Modelling
- Energy & Material Efficiency
- Fossil Resources
- Environmental & Materials Policy
- Climate Systems and Adaptation
- Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Development
- Development Themes
The M-profile Climate-KIC focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of climate change and offers opportunities in the private sector in particular.
The M-profile Climate-KIC accommodates the Climate-KIC certificate offered by the partner universities of the European funded Knowledge and Innovation Centre (KIC) focused on climate change. In the Netherlands, in addition to Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology and Wageningen University and Research Centre are also Climate-KIC partners. The offered activities include the Journey, a five-week intensive climate innovation summer school, and the SPARK! Series, a series of thought-provoking talks and seminars.
The M-profile Climate-KIC is open to students of all Earth Sciences Master’s programmes at Utrecht University but also to other Master’s programmes. There are only 20 places per year per Dutch university available so early application is recommended.