Application and admission - MSc Environmental Sciences

On this page you will find information on admission and registration for the MSc programme Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University.

General requirements

Students who wish to enrol for the MSc programme Environmental Sciences must meet the general admission requirements that apply to all MSc study programmes at Wageningen University.

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Specific admission requirements

Only a degree of theBachelor’s Programme Environmental Sciences of Wageningen University gives unconditional admission. Other applicants should have a relevant bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, engineering or social science. Good knowledge of mathematics and statistics is required. In your statement of purpose, indicate:

  • What is your career ambition and how does this master’s programme prepare you for this?
  • In which specialisation(s) or thesis track(s) are you most interested?
  • What makes your previous bachelor education a good basis for this programme?
  • If there is a deficiency in your previous completed bachelor education, how do you think to eliminate this before you would start the MSc Environmental Sciences?
  • In case your GPA is (slightly) too low, explain how come. You may also add proof of achievements in postgraduate or extracurricular education.

Applicants who cannot be directly admitted to a Wageningen University master's study programme because of deficiencies in their previous completed bachelor education, may eliminate these deficiencies by following a pre-master's programme. Please note that this is only an option for bridging the knowledge gap and only possible when your GPA is sufficient (so it is not intended to compensate for an insufficient GPA). The admission board of the MSc Environmental Sciences will only propose a pre-master’s programme in case you indicate in your Statement of Purpose that you are willing to take one and have discussed the specific content of the pre-master’s programme with one of the study advisers.

English language proficiency

To study in Wageningen in an English-taught MSc programme, it is essential that you speak, read and write fluently in English. All applicants except native speakers (USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the English part of Canada) must be able to provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English. For more information about the English language proficiency: for Dutch students,EU students, and students from outside the EU/EFTA. In addition to the entry requirements, all students (except native speakers) are required to undergo an assessment of their English language skills at Wageningen University Language Services prior to the beginning of their study.

Admission procedure

The applicant must complete the application form and submit it with all required documents. The Admission Board will review the application based on an individual assessment of the applicant's academic record (curriculum, grade point average and final thesis report or research paper) and relevant work experience. The applicants will be informed of the Board's decision by letter.

For more information refer to 'steps to enrolment': forDutch students,EU students, and students from outside the EU/EFTA.

Are you still in the process of obtaining your bachelor's degree?

Students in the final year of their BSc programme may also apply for admission prior to their graduation. The Admission Board can tentatively admit a student based on a transcript of his or her academic record, the expected date of graduation, and an official letter from their home university stating that the student will have completed all the requirements of the degree programme in due time. After graduation, students must submit the degree certificate prior to the start of the academic year.

Study plan

After admission to the master's programme, the study adviser conducts an intake interview with the student during which the abilities and desires of the student are surveyed. A selection of graduate courses will be compiled for each individual student in accordance with the desired thesis subject. The graduate courses the student has selected must be approved. The individual programme, the already acquired competencies and the deficiencies will be stated in a study plan.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees can vary, depending on for example your nationality and degree. Find out which tuition fee is applicable for you.

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