Earth Sciences at Utrecht University
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 biotic and climate perturbations. 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 at Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ). You will also have access to excellent computational tools for Earth System and Climate modelling, either developed in-house or provided by third parties such as the Royal Netherlands Institute of Meteorology (KNMI).
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 Faculty of Geosciences and the Faculty of Sciences (Physics & Astronomy, Biology) study different aspects of the physical earth. The Netherlands Insitute for the Law of the Sea at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance studies legal and policy aspects of seas and oceans. 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.