Earth Sciences

Unravel system Earth's past, present and future

Knowledge of the past. Is the key to the future

Understanding how planet Earth works is important for everyone. That is what Earth Sciences is all about. VU Amsterdam offers you a wide range of specializations that will help you ecome a geoscientist who is aware of how crucial it is to learn about the intriguing interrelations of System Earth.

International in scope
Many staff members and students involved in Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam come from abroad, making it a truly international Master’s programme. Furthermore, it is a programme in which the whole world is your field of study.

Interdisciplinary
VU Amsterdam is renowned for combining all Earth Sciences specializations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences at our university are closely linked to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Why limit yourself to being just a geologist or a geographer? Become a true Earth Scientist, with far-reaching background knowledge that allows you to really make the most of your future. How exactly do ice ages, life, plate tectonics and CO2 cycles in the Earth’s crust and oceans interact? What is the relationship between landscape and fault movements in the dating of rocks or in processes like uplift and erosion?

Small-scale
The programme’s excellent reputation is partly due to the fact that it is small enough to facilitate personal contact between all participants but large enough to encompass the full range of pecializations. In that sense, Amsterdam and the programme are much alike: impressive but small enough to make you feel right at home.

Earth Sciences is a general Master’s programme which differs from the specialized Masters we offer. The programme gives you the opportunity to choose a specialization, but selecting one does not mean that you are restricted to just that one subject. You have the option of exploring every aspect of one specific area in great detail if you want to, but you are also free to choose your own subjects for up to a quarter of the required credits. 
 
Here is a small selection of the subjects we offer: 

  • Sedimentary Environments: Dynamics and Climate Change Recorders
  • Building Tectonic Models 
  • Advanced Geochronology 
  • Contaminant Hydrogeology
  • Magmatic Processes
  • Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Exchange

Course descriptions
The Master’s programme in Earth Sciences takes two years and is worth 120 ECTS. 54 ECTS are project-related, involving a company traineeship, an orientation phase at a science journal, or participation in a research project complete with fieldwork, lab work and/or computer modelling.
 
Further information about the Master’s programme in Earth Sciences and course descriptions can be found online at:  
 

Earth Sciences courses in the studyguide.

Postgraduate degree programmes
After the doctoral or master degree programmes, there are opportunities to continue your educational career in a number of PhD programmes at the Vrije Universiteit, organised within a number of research schools:

  • Inter University Centre for Geo-ecological Research (ICG);
  • Netherlands Research School for the Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment (SENSE);
  • Research School Sedimentary Geology (NSG);
  • Integrated Solid Earth Sciences (ISES). 

The PhD programme always consists of carrying out a research project, leading to a PhD thesis/dissertation, and of several compulsory or elective course modules.

More information on PhD-programmes and Research Schools

Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam offers you these excellent, English-taught specializations:

  • Geology and Geochemistry
  • Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records (ESPCaR)


Geology and Geochemistry
Aardwetenschappen: sedimentologie

In the specialisation ‘Geology and Geochemistry’ you will focuss on the Earth’s crust and lithosphere. You will deal with lithosphere tectonics, sedimentary and structural geology, petrology, isotope geochemistry and basin analysis. You will apply geophysics, (isotope) geochemistry and radiometric dating techniques to, for example:

  • understand the relations between subduction, volcanism, and metamorphism;  
  • ascertain the age and rates of continental collision and uplift, subsidence, denudation and exposure; 
  • study the origin, filling and deformation of basins, providing understanding of the structures in which oil and gas can be found; 
  • deal with relationships between deeper processes caused by intraplate stresses, surface processes and sedimentary sequences.



 
Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records (ESPCaR)
geocompilatie 5

This specialization offers a broad and applied programme focusing on the Earth’s surface with a combination of process related and climate record studies. The programme enlarges your knowledge of recent geology and physical geography, land-surface processes, ocean and climate dynamics, climate change, ecology, and the role of man in System Earth. Central themes are: Earth systems and Sediments, Climate Change, Environmental management and Policy, GeoTools and Techniques. 

This Master’s programme will also teach you how to account for the interaction between climate and marine/terrestrial ecosystems by studying the past. A good knowledge of geology, biology, chemistry and physics is essential. You will use paleoclimate records from land and ocean environments to assess the dynamic relationship between the climate compartments.

Paleoclimatologists unravel the processes controlling past and present climate change. A better understanding of these processes helps us improve our climate predictions. This Master’s programme covers the full spectrum of paleoclimate research from a resolution of 10,000 to 100,000 years down to the rapid climate change occurring on millennial or even multi-annual time scales.  The results of paleoclimate reconstructions can provide clues to our man-made future climate.

The elective options in the first and second year provide the opportunity to explore your own interests and to further specialize for the labor market.

International in scope
The many foreign staff and students involved in Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam make it a truly international Master’s programme. And it is a programme in which the whole world is your field of study.
 
Interdisciplinary
VU Amsterdam is renowned for combining all Earth Sciences specializations with other subject areas. Earth Sciences forms one faculty together with Biology and Environmental Sciences. Why limit yourself to being just a geologist or a geographer? Become a true Earth Scientist, with far-reaching background knowledge that allows you to really make the most of your future. 

Earth Sciences 

Small-scale

The programme’s excellent reputation is partly due to the fact that it is small enough to facilitate personal contact between all participants but large enough to encompass the full range of specializations. In that sense, Amsterdam and the programme are much alike: impressive but small enough to feel you right at home. 

Spending part of your study in external traineeships and research projects is a good way to prepare for and familiarize yourself with the labour market. The School for Earth and Environmental Sciences does not have a specific office or service mediating in external or internal traineeships and research projects. Students are advised to contact their study advisors/master coordinator or other staff members of faculty, as many of them will have elaborate contacts in trade and industry and external research institutes and universities.

In addition, students can enhance their orientation towards the labour market during 'bedrijvendagen' (business days), organized by GeoVUsie, and by attending seminars given by people from trade and industry. These are organized throughout the year at the faculty.

Stages Aardwetenschappen / Internships Earth Science

Wouter Rhebergen

Student

“The Earth Sciences programme is a good way to combine different fields of Earth Sciences. I am not only interested in paleoclimatology, but also in the present-day environment and the human influence on it. Earth Sciences gives me the freedom to choose subjects which are of interest to me from the large variety of subjects available. By broadening my education I hope to leave my options open for a number of different fields of employment in the future.”

Overview Earth Sciences

Language of instruction

English

Duration

2 years

Tuition fee

Application deadline

1 June for Dutch students. 1 April for EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA students. EU/EEA students with an international degree who do not need housing services through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam University Amsterdam can still apply until 1 June.

Start date

1 Sep

Study type

Full-time

Specializations

Geology and Geochemistry, Earth Surface Processes Climate and Records, Earth Science and Economics, Science Communication (taught in Dutch), Education (taught in Dutch)

Field of Interest

Natural Sciences

Specializations

This specialization offers a broad, applied programme focusing on the Earth’s surface, and broadens your knowledge of

  • the (sub)recent geological record
  • physical geography
  • land-surface processes
  • ocean and climate dynamics
  • climate change, ecology
  • the role of man in ‘System Earth’

The central themes are: Earth Systems and Sediments, Climate Change, Environmental Management and Policy, GeoTools and Techniques.

The Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records programme focusses on the impact of climate change on the natural environment and on society. The elective options during the second semester and second year allow you to explore your own interests and specialize for the labour market.

The Palaeoclimate and Geo-ecosystems programme has a stronger focus on individual research based on climate and geo-ecosystem archives such as marine/terrestrial sediment cores, speleothems and corals.

Compilatie AEG2

Structure of the two-year programme (120 ECTS)

This MSc track combines the theoretical background on the processes that are important in the shaping of the Surficial Earth, its climate and its records, with the practical application of this knowledge to better understand the changes in this system.

Compulsary modules
The specialisation Earth Surface Processes, Climate and Records (ESPCaR) contains the following compulsary modules (48 ects):

-Earth systems and Sediments (18 ects):

  • Sedimentary environments and climate archives (6)
  • From source to sink (6)
  • High resolution archives; climate on seasonal to centennial scale (6)

-Climate Change (12 or 18 ects):

  • Modern climate systems (6)
  • Climate modeling or Environmental Remote Sensing (6)
  • Global biogeochemical cycles (6)

-GeoTools and Techniques (12 or 18 ects)

  • Environmental Remote Sensing or Climate modeling (6)
  • Practical palaeoclimate change and environmental impacts (6)
  • Advanced Spatial Analysis (6)
  • Scotland excursion (3)

-Research project at the end of first year (15 in 1st year; 12 in 2nd year, total of 27)
-Master Thesis/stage in second year (24)

Compilatie Paleoclimate 4

Elective options

The elective options (21 ects) enable the students to construct their own specialization in addition to the compulsory modules of the master program. Always consult the Examination Committee to approve your elective options. The elective options have been arranged according to specific themes but the student is free to choose from the different themes. The full list of options is included at the back of the master study guide (see website FALW). Elective options can be followed in the 2nd year of the master.

Elective options Earth Systems and Sediments

  • Extension master thesis (12)
  • Reflection seismics (6)
  • Geothermal energy (6)
  • Exploring Earth Processes and Resources (6)

Elective options Climate change

  • Climate modeling (6)
  • Man and climate (3)
  • Climate and Policy (6)
  • Climate Hydrology (6)

Elective options Environmental Management and Policy

  • Environmental policy (6)
  • Causes and consequences of environmental change (6)
  • Sustainable energy analysis (6)
  • Energy system transitions (6)
  • Decision making processes (6)

Elective options Water Resources

  • Catchment Response Analysis (6)
  • Groundwater Processes (6)
  • Ecohydrology (6)
  • Water and Policy (6)
  • Water Economics (6)
  • Water Quality (6)

Elective options GeoTools and Techniques

  • Measurement techniques in hydrology (6)
  • Environmental remote sensing (6)
  • Imaging and Assessing the Landscape (6)
  • Sediment petrography of heavy minerals (3)

Elective options Ecology

  • Spatial ecology and global change (6)
  • Current trends in evolution (6)
  • Soil-plant-animal interactions (6)
  • Value of ecosystem services (6)

Elective options Education and Communication

  • Historical geography (6)
  • Sociale geografie II (12)
  • Science Journalism (6)
External master thesis and career perspectives

The external master thesis (stage) offers the possibility to focus on the labor market. The following list of companies and organizations gives an overview of possible contacts in the field of applied geology, geotechnics, geoenvironment and geoarcheology to fulfill your thesis.

Course descriptions

Study guide with course descriptions

Compilatie AEG1 

Staff members

  • Prof. Dr Ronald van Balen (landscape evolution modelling)
  • Dr Gerald Ganssen (marine geology and ocean acidification)
  • Dr Kay Beets (geochemistry and provenance)
  • Dr Kees Kasse (climate and human impacts on river systems)
  • Dr Frank Peeters (marine geology)
  • Dr Maarten Prins (loess records and climate change)
  • Prof. em. dr. Jef Vandenberghe (geomorphology and landscape dynamics)
  • Dr (em.) Simon Troelstra (marine geology)

Work placements and career perspectives

The external Master’s thesis (work placement) offers students the opportunity to focus on the labour market. The following list of companies and organizations gives an overview of possible contacts in the fields of applied geology, geotechnics, geoenvironment and geoarcheology to complete your thesis. 

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Contact

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Geology and Geochemistry aims to combine knowledge of petrology, geochemistry, sedimentology, and tectonics. In the setup of Geology and Geochemistry, all disciplines are presented in an integrated manner. In this way you will acquire a broad background before focusing on a specific subject that is related to the research topics of the associated Earth Science staff members. Possible subjects cofer the full breadth of geology and geochemistry, include (petroleum-related) carbonate sedimentology, field-based igneous or metamorphic petrology, experimental lunar and planetary science, geochronology, but also geochemical aspects of forensic science and archeology. Hands-on use of state of the art experimental and analytical equipment is supported.

 

After a first semester with compulsory courses covering key aspects of Geology and Geochemistry, the specialization provides a broad scope of optional programme components. A compulsory field excursion crossing the Alps and Dolomites kicks off the second year  


 
Compilatie Solid Earth Petro

Structure of the two-year programme (120 ECTS)

The specialisation programme in Geology and Geochemistry consists of 81 credits of compulsory components and 39 credits of free elective options.

Core courses

  • From Source to Sink: Chemical and Physical Cycles
  • Introduction Field Excursion
  • Mantle Properties in Lithosphere Development
  • Master Thesis Solid Earth
  • Orogenesis
  • Petroleum Systems and Regional Geology
  • Research Project Solid Earth
  • Sedimentary Basins

Elective options 
Elective courses may be partly or completely fulfilled by taking courses from other university Master's programmes. The space for optional components may also be partly or completely filled by selecting components not yet taken belonging to the Bachelor's programme in Earth Sciences at VU Amsterdam.

Course descriptions
See here for a full list of course descriptions

Compilatie Solid Earth Tecto 

Master research projects

You can choose from a wide range of master research projects. To get an idea of the possiblities, check the master project pages of the departments:

Master projects at Tectonics and Structural Geology
Master projects at Sedimentology and Marine Geology
Master projects at Petrology
Master projects at Isotope Geochemistry

ContactMore information on the Geology and Geochemistry specialization can be obtained from Wim van Westrenen

Dutch students

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Specific admission requirements for the MSc Earth Sciences programme:

For Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bachelor’s degree students
Students with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive direct admission to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences, specializations Geology and Geochemistry and Earth Surface Processes and Records. Students with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences and Economics (‘Aarde en economie’) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive direct admission to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences, specializations Earth Sciences and Economics (no further requirements) and Earth Surface Processes and Records (when certain subjects form the minor Earth Surface have been chosen).Students with a BSc-degree Earth Sciences will be admitted to the following Master’s *specializations according to the Variant which was followed in the Bachelor’s programme:

  • Geology and Geochemistry : BSc variant I;
  • Earth Surface Processes Climate and Records: BSc variant I & II;
  • Earth Sciences and Economics: BSc variant I & II, with extra required subjects in Spatial Economics (contact the master coordinator);

*After finishing the first year of one of the 6 Earth Sciences specializations, you can choose the differentiation Science Communication.
*After finishing the first year of one of the 6 Earth Sciences specializations and provided you have taken Sociale geografie I and, preferably, 12 ECTS of "Oriëntatie-CE"- courses, you can choose the differentiation Science Education.      

Students who do not receive direct admission to a certain Master's specialization, because their BSc variant is not entirely appropriate for this specialization, may still be admitted by a decision to that effect taken by the Admission Board. The Admission Board will, in such cases, place additional requirements on the student before granting admission to the Master's programme.

For all other applicants
Students who hold a certificate of higher vocational education (hbo) or an equivalent of a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam BSc degree obtained at an institution inside or outside of the Netherlands may be admitted to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences on the basis of a decision to that effect taken by the Admission Board. The Examination Board will determine whether the qualification in question is sufficiently relevant to warrant admission. The Admission Board may place additional requirements on the student before granting admission to the programme.

Contact

In case you wish to contact the Master's coordinator for information or advice you need to know that no rights can be derived from the reply given by the coordinator regarding your admission. Only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.

Language Requirements
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam also requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Please be aware of the fact that it can take a long time to receive the results of English proficiency tests, so plan your test on time! In case you haven’t taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Deadlines for submitting the test results are as follows:

Students who require a visa: June 1
Students who do not require a visa: August 30

Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the Earth Sciences programme:

IELTS (academic):
-  Minimum Overall Band Score 6.5

TOEFL:
-  Paper-based test 580
-  Internet-based test 92

Cambridge English:
-  Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C
-  Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C

Please refer to the Language Requirements webpage for the general requirements regarding language proficiency.

Copies of your English test results can be sent to the following addresses: toelating.beta@vu.nl.

If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.

 Step 1: Meet admission criteria 

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Transcript (Provide a certified translation if it is not in English)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

The above documents should provide a clear and comprehensive description of the following:

  • The statistical methods and analyses you are acquainted with;
  • The ecological, evolutionary and genetic concepts/theories you are acquainted with;
  • The textbooks that have been used for the above subjects;
  • Detailed information on your thesis, internships and working experience, if applicable;
  • The experience you have with lab work;
  • The address of the webpage where the Admission Board can find further information regarding the content and learning objectives of the courses in your Bachelor’s programme;
  • Your current position/profession.

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!  

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation about what to do after admission. When all conditions of your admission have been met, you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!

You can read more about practical matters and starting your studies in the Netherlands in our ‘Getting Started’ guide.

Further information is also available about:

Scholarships
Accommodation
Visa
Tuition fees

For further information about admission to the programme and specific questions about the different master’s specializations, please contact the coordinator of your specialization:

SpecializationContactPhone Email 
Geology and GeochemistryProf.dr. W. van Westrenen
 w.van.westrenen@vu.nl
Earth Surface Processes Climate and RecordsDr. Kay Beets
 c.j.beets@vu.nl
Earth Science and EconomicsDr. Mark Bokhorst m.p.bokhorst@vu.nl

Please contact the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences Education Office:

Onderwijsbureau Bèta
Mw. Nicole Staalenhoef
E: toelating.beta@vu.nl

International students

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. 

In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.

Specific admission requirements for the MSc Earth Sciences programme:

For Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Bachelor’s degree students
Students with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive direct admission to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences, specializations Geology and Geochemistry and Earth Surface Processes and Records. Students with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences and Economics (‘Aarde en economie’) from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will receive direct admission to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences, specializations Earth Sciences and Economics (no further requirements) and Earth Surface Processes and Records (when certain subjects form the minor Earth Surface have been chosen).Students with a BSc-degree Earth Sciences will be admitted to the following Master’s *specializations according to the Variant which was followed in the Bachelor’s programme:

  • Geology and Geochemistry : BSc variant I;
  • Earth Surface Processes Climate and Records: BSc variant I & II;
  • Earth Sciences and Economics: BSc variant I & II, with extra required subjects in Spatial Economics (contact the master coordinator);

*After finishing the first year of one of the 6 Earth Sciences specializations, you can choose the differentiation Science Communication.
*After finishing the first year of one of the 6 Earth Sciences specializations and provided you have taken Sociale geografie I and, preferably, 12 ECTS of "Oriëntatie-CE"- courses, you can choose the differentiation Science Education.      

Students who do not receive direct admission to a certain Master's specialization, because their BSc variant is not entirely appropriate for this specialization, may still be admitted by a decision to that effect taken by the Admission Board. The Admission Board will, in such cases, place additional requirements on the student before granting admission to the Master's programme.

For all other applicants
Students who hold a certificate of higher vocational education (hbo) or an equivalent of a Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam BSc degree obtained at an institution inside or outside of the Netherlands may be admitted to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences on the basis of a decision to that effect taken by the Admission Board. The Examination Board will determine whether the qualification in question is sufficiently relevant to warrant admission. The Admission Board may place additional requirements on the student before granting admission to the programme.

Contact

In case you wish to contact the Master's coordinator for information or advice you need to know that no rights can be derived from the reply given by the coordinator regarding your admission. Only with the “admission email” you will be officially notified about your conditional or unconditional admission.

Language Requirements
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam also requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Please be aware of the fact that it can take a long time to receive the results of English proficiency tests, so plan your test on time! In case you haven’t taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Deadlines for submitting the test results are as follows:

Students who require a visa: June 1
Students who do not require a visa: August 30

Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the Earth Sciences programme:

IELTS (academic):
-  Minimum Overall Band Score 6.5

TOEFL:
-  Paper-based test 580
-  Internet-based test 92

Cambridge English:
-  Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C
-  Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C

Please refer to the Language Requirements webpage for the general requirements regarding language proficiency.

Copies of your English test results can be sent to the following addresses:

If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.  

Step 1: Meet admission criteria 

Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online

Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.

  • Copy of your valid passport or ID (only for EU residents)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Transcript (Provide a certified translation if it is not in English)
  • A description of the relevant courses you have taken during your previous higher education
  • A list of all the main literature used during your previous higher education
  • Thesis (or another sample of academic writing)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

The above documents should provide a clear and comprehensive description of the following:

  • The statistical methods and analyses you are acquainted with;
  • The ecological, evolutionary and genetic concepts/theories you are acquainted with;
  • The textbooks that have been used for the above subjects;
  • Detailed information on your thesis, internships and working experience, if applicable;
  • The experience you have with lab work;
  • The address of the webpage where the Admission Board can find further information regarding the content and learning objectives of the courses in your Bachelor’s programme;
  • Your current position/profession.

After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. Once you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.

Step 3: Await decision on admission

The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you are admitted, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!  

Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!

Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation about what to do after admission. When all conditions of your admission have been met, you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!

You can read more about practical matters and starting your studies in the Netherlands in our ‘Getting Started’ guide.

Further information is also available about:

Scholarships
Accommodation
Visa
Tuition fees

There are several possibilities for obtaining funding. Among them are:

  • VU Fellowship Programme (VUFP)
  • Holland Scholarship Programme (HSP)
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS)
  • Fulbright scholarship
  • STUNED Scholarship Programme
  • Indonesia Endowment Fund of Education (LPDP)
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP)
  • Direct Loan Programme 
Information about scholarships, fellowships and grants

For further information about admission to the programme and specific questions about the different master’s specializations, please contact the coordinator of your specialization:

SpecializationContactPhone Email 
Geology and GeochemistryProf.dr. W. van Westrenen
 w.van.westrenen@vu.nl
Earth Surface Processes Climate and RecordsDr. Kay Beets 
 c.j.beets@vu.nl
Earth Science and EconomicsDr. Mark Bokhorst m.p.bokhorst@vu.nl

For questions regarding your application, registration or general inquiries, please contact the Faculty of Earth and Life Sciences International Student Advisor:

Sandra van Daalen
T: +31 (0)20 59 87459
E: admissionsfels@vu.nl

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