Master's Earth and Environment

The master’s programme Earth and Environment in Wageningen teaches students about the physical, chemical and/or ecological processes in soils, water and the atmosphere from an Earth Sciences perspective at different time and spatial scales. Challenges like climate change, food security and the provision of water require in depth knowledge of these processes. You will learn about the interactions between the different spheres. But you will also specialise in either Hydrology and Water Resources; Meteorology and Air Quality; Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water or Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics.

Master Earth and Environment

Why this programme?

  • An in-depth understanding of natural processes that is needed for innovative solutions that deal with issues like climate change, water resources, loss of biodiversity and soil degradation.
  • Possibilities to broaden and deepen your knowledge
  • Internationally oriented programme

Study programme of master's Earth and Environment

In two years this programme will train you to become an expert in your specialisation of choice. On the Programme of Earth and Environment page you can find the general outline of the programme and more detailed information about courses, theses and internships. You can also read more about the Background of the programme.

There are other similar master's programmes, but this is the only one that investigates environmental problems with a focus on the relationship between soil, water and atmosphere. Compare this study programme with similar programmes from Wageningen University & Research and other universities.


Within the master's programme you can choose one of the following Specialisations to meet your personal interests.

Inside view on Earth and Environment

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Application and admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Earth and Environment? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures.

Student experiences

The best way to get to know a place is by getting to know the people. Students share their experiences with the master's Earth and Environment and the student life in Wageningen on the page Student experiences.

What moves me? Insight of natural processes lead to sustainable solutions.
Student Earth and Environment

Future career

After graduation, students from Earth and Environment enter a diverse job market that offers lots of opportunities to further develop yourself. Most students will stay in research or will become a consultant at (multinational) consultancy firms dealing with environmental issues. On the page Career perspectives and opportunities you can read more about the possibilities that alumni have after finishing this programme.