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Earth Sciences

2018-2019

Earth Scientists study the processes and cycles within and between the four spheres, atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and the geosphere by quantifying their magnitudes and rates in space and time. What is the influence of humankind on the Earth System in relation to natural processes? What can fluxes in the carbon cycle in the geological past, and in the present, tell us about the carbon cycle of the future?

Students are trained in fundamental knowledge and skills in the context of addressing the complex problems of our planet in today’s society. The three specializations, Geology and Geochemistry, Earth and Climate, and  Global Environmental Change and Policy offer a variety of courses from Mantle Properties and Landscape Dynamics to Climate Modelling and Environmental Policy.

The first year of the VU programme consists mainly of compulsory courses, practicals and an excursion (in one of the two years) and is finished with an individual Research Project. The second year offers a variety of electives focused on advanced and more specialized topics and themes, e.g, Planetary Science, Man and Climate, Geothermal Energy, and is finished with the Master Thesis (which can include an internship).

Info

Level Master
Language English
Duration 2 years
Type Fulltime
Credits 120 EC
Faculty Faculty of Science
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 1: Climate dynamics and earth system modeling
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 1: Climate Dynamics and Earth System Modeling year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate year 2 electives
Course Name Period Credits Code
Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics 6EC X_428568
Scotland Excursion 3EC AM_450354
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Biological Oceanography P2 6EC AMU_0021
Climate Hydrological Processes P2 6EC AM_1196
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Water Quality P2 6EC AM_1166
Governance of Ecosystem Services P3 6EC AM_468025
Water Governance P3 6EC AM_1192
Groundwater Processes P4 6EC AM_1164
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course P6 3EC AM_1242
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 2: Paleoceanography and Biogeochemical Cycles
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 2: Paleoceanography and Biogeochemical Cycles year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate year 2 electives
Course Name Period Credits Code
Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics 6EC X_428568
Scotland Excursion 3EC AM_450354
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Biological Oceanography P2 6EC AMU_0021
Climate Hydrological Processes P2 6EC AM_1196
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Water Quality P2 6EC AM_1166
Governance of Ecosystem Services P3 6EC AM_468025
Water Governance P3 6EC AM_1192
Groundwater Processes P4 6EC AM_1164
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course P6 3EC AM_1242
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 3: Earth Surface Dynamics & Geomorphology
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 3: Earth Surface Dynamics & Geomorphology year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate year 2 electives
Course Name Period Credits Code
Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics 6EC X_428568
Scotland Excursion 3EC AM_450354
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Biological Oceanography P2 6EC AMU_0021
Climate Hydrological Processes P2 6EC AM_1196
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Water Quality P2 6EC AM_1166
Governance of Ecosystem Services P3 6EC AM_468025
Water Governance P3 6EC AM_1192
Groundwater Processes P4 6EC AM_1164
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course P6 3EC AM_1242
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 4: Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 4: Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis year 1
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 4: Remote Sensing & Spatial Analysis year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate year 2 electives
Course Name Period Credits Code
Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics 6EC X_428568
Scotland Excursion 3EC AM_450354
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Biological Oceanography P2 6EC AMU_0021
Climate Hydrological Processes P2 6EC AM_1196
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Water Quality P2 6EC AM_1166
Governance of Ecosystem Services P3 6EC AM_468025
Water Governance P3 6EC AM_1192
Groundwater Processes P4 6EC AM_1164
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course P6 3EC AM_1242
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 5: Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate stream 5: Sedimentology & Stratigraphy year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth & Climate year 2 electives
Course Name Period Credits Code
Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics 6EC X_428568
Scotland Excursion 3EC AM_450354
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Biological Oceanography P2 6EC AMU_0021
Climate Hydrological Processes P2 6EC AM_1196
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Water Quality P2 6EC AM_1166
Governance of Ecosystem Services P3 6EC AM_468025
Water Governance P3 6EC AM_1192
Groundwater Processes P4 6EC AM_1164
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course P6 3EC AM_1242
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records year 2 electives
Course Name Period Credits Code
Energy and Climate Change; Science, Policy and Economics 6EC X_428568
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Biological Oceanography P2 6EC AMU_0021
Climate Hydrological Processes P2 6EC AM_1196
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Water Quality P2 6EC AM_1166
Governance of Ecosystem Services P3 6EC AM_468025
Water Governance P3 6EC AM_1192
Groundwater Processes P4 6EC AM_1164
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
NIOZ Marine Masters Summer Course P6 3EC AM_1242
Earth Sciences specialisation Global Environmental Change and Policy
Description
This specialization integrates the disciplinary insights from Earth
Sciences, Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy and
Governance to arrive at interdisciplinary solutions to the complex
sustainability problems of tomorrow. In this interdisciplinary
specialization, you will learn how to design solutions to the complex
sustainability problems faced by our planet. From a strong grounding in
Earth Sciences, we explore integrated approaches towards solving global
sustainability challenges by adding the insights of environmental
economics and environmental policy studies. Examples of main themes
addressed in the programme are:

• Climate change processes, societal impacts of climate change, and
policy solutions;
• Transition to renewable energy and a low carbon economy;
• Land use change and options for limiting ecosystem degradation and
biodiversity losses;
• Sustainable management of water resources and flood risk.

The first year lays the groundwork in the three disciplines and methods
of interdisciplinary research, including fieldwork. From a strong
grounding in Earth Sciences, we explore integrated approaches towards
solving global sustainability challenges by adding the insights of
environmental economics and environmental policy studies. Climate change
is a central and cross-cutting theme throughout this specialization. In
the second students deepen their studies in three distinct streams:
energy, ecosystems and biodiversity, and water.
Earth Sciences specialisation Global Environmental Change & Policy stream 1: Energy
Earth sciences specialisation Global Environmental Change & Policy stream 2: Ecosystem Services
Earth Sciences specialisation Global Environmental Change & Policy stream 3: Water
Earth Sciences specialisation Geology and Geochemistry
Earth Sciences specialisation Geology & Geochemistry year 1
Earth Sciences specialisation Geology and Geochemistry compulsory courses year 1
Description
The specialisation Geology and Geochemistry focuses on the geology and
geochemistry of the Earth. In doing so it integrates tectonics,
petrology, geochemistry, sedimentary geology, and planetary science. The
student acquires a broad background by following a set of compulsory
courses in Year 1 before focusing on a research topic in one or more of
the aforementioned fields.
Course Name Period Credits Code
Research Project Geology and Geochemistry Ac. Year (sept) 27EC AM_1187
Mantle Properties P1 6EC AM_1211
Regional Geology and Petroleum Systems P1 3EC AM_450179
Sedimentary Basins P2 6EC AM_450154
Tectonic Geomorphology P2 6EC AM_450146
Orogenesis P3 6EC AM_450190
Earth Sciences specialisation Geology & Geochemistry year 2
Earth Sciences specialisation Geology and Geochemistry compulsory courses year 2
Description
The specialisation Geology and Geochemistry focuses on the geology and
geochemistry of the Earth. In doing so it integrates tectonics,
petrology, geochemistry, sedimentary geology, and planetary science. The
student has acquired a broad background by following a set of compulsory
courses in Year 1 and will focus in Year 2 on a set of optional courses,
finishing the Research Project started in Year 1, and the Master Thesis
Course Name Period Credits Code
Master Thesis Geology and Geochemistry Ac. Year (sept) 27EC AM_1186
Research Project Geology and Geochemistry Ac. Year (sept) 27EC AM_1187
Geology & Geochemistry Field Excursion P1 3EC AM_450229
Earth Sciences specialisation Education
Description
The two-year master programme Education (E) basically consists of one
year of further education and specialisation in Earth Sciences and one
year of specific teacher training. It is recommended not to try to take
both earth scientific and E-courses within one course year, as programme
schedules may not be compatible. E-courses are shared with master
students from other faculties. The E-programme (60 credits) is taught in
Dutch.

The programme of Earth Sciences (minimum of 60 credits) should at least
contain an Earth Sciences Research Project (450267 (24 credits) or
450295, 450296, 450200 (27 credits)) and Sociale geografie II (450099, 6
credits). The remainder of the programme (total 21 or 24 EC) is to be
filled with courses which can be chosen from the various master's degree
programmes of the Graduate School Earth, Environment and Ecology.

The educational programme is taught in Dutch by the ‘teacher training
programme’ (Faculty of Psychology and Education) and consists of 60
credits of compulsory modules (see below). More
information is available at the Faculty of Psychology and Education:
www.psy.vu.nl/nl/opleidingen/masteropleidingen/universitaire-
lerarenopleiding
Earth Sciences specific content
Course Name Period Credits Code
Human Geography II Ac. Year (sept) 12EC AM_1051
Elective courses MSc Earth Sciences
Course Name Period Credits Code
Sediment Petrography of Heavy Minerals 3EC AM_450058
Human Geography II Ac. Year (sept) 12EC AM_1051
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change P1 6EC AM_1049
Climate Systems P1 6EC AM_1124
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Geology of the North Sea P2 7EC AM_450317
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Marine Geology and Paleoclimatology P2 6EC AM_450330
Planetary Science P2 6EC AM_450273
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Climate Modelling P3 6EC AM_450004
Environmental Remote Sensing P3 6EC AM_450145
Volcanism P3 3EC AM_450061
Capita Selecta Geology and Geochemistry P4 6EC AM_1174
Global Biogeochemical Cycles P4 6EC AM_450332
Groundwater Microbiology and Geochemistry (Geomicrobiology) P4 6EC AM_450132
Magmatic Processes P4 6EC AM_450189
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
Metamorphic Geology P4 6EC AM_450176
Petrophysics and Reservoir Engineering P4 6EC AM_1212
Practical: Paleoclimate Change and Environmental Impacts P4 6EC AM_1144
Precambrian Geology P4 3EC AM_450164
Reflection Seismic for Geologists P4 6EC AM_450170
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Advanced Inorganic Geochemistry P5 3EC AM_450172
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
Sediment Petrography of Heavy Minerals
| 3EC | AM_450058
Human Geography II
Ac. Year (sept) | 12EC | AM_1051
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology
P1 | 6EC | AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis
P1 | 6EC | AM_450003
Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change
P1 | 6EC | AM_1049
Climate Systems
P1 | 6EC | AM_1124
Ecohydrology
P1 | 6EC | AM_450014
Science and Communication
P1 | 6EC | AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges
P1 | 6EC | AM_468018
Geology of the North Sea
P2 | 7EC | AM_450317
Geothermal Energy
P2 | 6EC | AM_450409
Marine Geology and Paleoclimatology
P2 | 6EC | AM_450330
Planetary Science
P2 | 6EC | AM_450273
Science Journalism
P2 | 6EC | AM_471014
Climate Modelling
P3 | 6EC | AM_450004
Environmental Remote Sensing
P3 | 6EC | AM_450145
Volcanism
P3 | 3EC | AM_450061
Capita Selecta Geology and Geochemistry
P4 | 6EC | AM_1174
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
P4 | 6EC | AM_450332
Groundwater Microbiology and Geochemistry (Geomicrobiology)
P4 | 6EC | AM_450132
Magmatic Processes
P4 | 6EC | AM_450189
Man and Climate
P4 | 6EC | AM_1057
Metamorphic Geology
P4 | 6EC | AM_450176
Petrophysics and Reservoir Engineering
P4 | 6EC | AM_1212
Practical: Paleoclimate Change and Environmental Impacts
P4 | 6EC | AM_1144
Precambrian Geology
P4 | 3EC | AM_450164
Reflection Seismic for Geologists
P4 | 6EC | AM_450170
%longNL%
P5 | 6EC | AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology
P5 | 3EC | AM_450171
Advanced Inorganic Geochemistry
P5 | 3EC | AM_450172
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks
P5 | 3EC | AM_450169
Earth Sciences specialisation Science Communication
Description
The two-year master programme Science Communication (C-variant) consists
of one year of further education and specialisation in Earth Sciences
and one year of specific communication training. It is recommended not
to try to take both earth scientific and C-courses within one year, as
programme schedules are not compatible. C-courses are shared with master
students from other faculties. The C-programme (60 credits) is taught in
English and Dutch.

The programme of Earth Sciences (minimum of 60 credits) should at least
contain an Earth Sciences Research Project (450267 (24 credits) or
450295, 450296, 450200 (27 credits)). All other course modules (total 33
or 37 credits) are considered elective options and can be chosen from
the various master's degree programmes of the Graduate School Earth,
Environment and Ecology.

The compulsory programme consists of the following two communication
course modules, the courses Research Methods for Complex Problems
and Science & Communication (12 credits in total) and an ninternship (30
credits).
Students should take 18 credits from optional course modules.
MSc Earth Sciences, specialisation Science Communication, Earth Sciences content
Elective courses MSc Earth Sciences
Course Name Period Credits Code
Sediment Petrography of Heavy Minerals 3EC AM_450058
Human Geography II Ac. Year (sept) 12EC AM_1051
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology P1 6EC AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis P1 6EC AM_450003
Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change P1 6EC AM_1049
Climate Systems P1 6EC AM_1124
Ecohydrology P1 6EC AM_450014
Science and Communication P1 6EC AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges P1 6EC AM_468018
Geology of the North Sea P2 7EC AM_450317
Geothermal Energy P2 6EC AM_450409
Marine Geology and Paleoclimatology P2 6EC AM_450330
Planetary Science P2 6EC AM_450273
Science Journalism P2 6EC AM_471014
Climate Modelling P3 6EC AM_450004
Environmental Remote Sensing P3 6EC AM_450145
Volcanism P3 3EC AM_450061
Capita Selecta Geology and Geochemistry P4 6EC AM_1174
Global Biogeochemical Cycles P4 6EC AM_450332
Groundwater Microbiology and Geochemistry (Geomicrobiology) P4 6EC AM_450132
Magmatic Processes P4 6EC AM_450189
Man and Climate P4 6EC AM_1057
Metamorphic Geology P4 6EC AM_450176
Petrophysics and Reservoir Engineering P4 6EC AM_1212
Practical: Paleoclimate Change and Environmental Impacts P4 6EC AM_1144
Precambrian Geology P4 3EC AM_450164
Reflection Seismic for Geologists P4 6EC AM_450170
%longNL% P5 6EC AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology P5 3EC AM_450171
Advanced Inorganic Geochemistry P5 3EC AM_450172
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks P5 3EC AM_450169
Sediment Petrography of Heavy Minerals
| 3EC | AM_450058
Human Geography II
Ac. Year (sept) | 12EC | AM_1051
3D Seismic Interpretation and Production Geology
P1 | 6EC | AM_450316
Catchment Response Analysis
P1 | 6EC | AM_450003
Causes and Consequences of Environmental Change
P1 | 6EC | AM_1049
Climate Systems
P1 | 6EC | AM_1124
Ecohydrology
P1 | 6EC | AM_450014
Science and Communication
P1 | 6EC | AM_470587
Sustainable Energy Challenges
P1 | 6EC | AM_468018
Geology of the North Sea
P2 | 7EC | AM_450317
Geothermal Energy
P2 | 6EC | AM_450409
Marine Geology and Paleoclimatology
P2 | 6EC | AM_450330
Planetary Science
P2 | 6EC | AM_450273
Science Journalism
P2 | 6EC | AM_471014
Climate Modelling
P3 | 6EC | AM_450004
Environmental Remote Sensing
P3 | 6EC | AM_450145
Volcanism
P3 | 3EC | AM_450061
Capita Selecta Geology and Geochemistry
P4 | 6EC | AM_1174
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
P4 | 6EC | AM_450332
Groundwater Microbiology and Geochemistry (Geomicrobiology)
P4 | 6EC | AM_450132
Magmatic Processes
P4 | 6EC | AM_450189
Man and Climate
P4 | 6EC | AM_1057
Metamorphic Geology
P4 | 6EC | AM_450176
Petrophysics and Reservoir Engineering
P4 | 6EC | AM_1212
Practical: Paleoclimate Change and Environmental Impacts
P4 | 6EC | AM_1144
Precambrian Geology
P4 | 3EC | AM_450164
Reflection Seismic for Geologists
P4 | 6EC | AM_450170
%longNL%
P5 | 6EC | AM_1173
Advanced Geochronology
P5 | 3EC | AM_450171
Advanced Inorganic Geochemistry
P5 | 3EC | AM_450172
Diagenesis of Sedimentary Rocks
P5 | 3EC | AM_450169