Why in Utrecht

During your studies in the Marine Sciences Master’s programme, you will:

  • explore a wide range of marine disciplines and integrate theoretical, experimental, and practical sciences;
  • learn to understand how seas and oceans have functioned in the past, are functioning at present and will function in the future;
  • explore how marine systems change due to human intervention, crucial for risk assessments;
  • develop your own ideas regarding business opportunities related to the transition towards sustainable oceans;
  • become acquainted with how oceans law and policy govern academic and societal marine issues;
  • have access to research performed under 17 marine sciences chairs - the most extensive in-house expertise in marine sciences of all Dutch universities;
  • be part of leading research in our marine research groups, which participate in international marine programmes and projects;
  • get access to seagoing facilities and fieldwork locations in coastal areas; and
  • create an international network and become a member of our academic community of marine sciences students, staff members, and alumni.

Earth Sciences at Utrecht University

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 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.