Students Environmental Sciences
Eva: Applied Biology, HAS University of Applied Sciences Den Bosch
Martijn: Environmental Sciences, HAS University of Applied Sciences Den Bosch
Eva: I wanted to do something around Biology, but I did not want to become a teacher. Therefore my choice fell on Applied Biology at the HAS. During my Bachelor’s I was already certain that I wanted to continue my studies.
Martijn: Before my Bachelor’s Environmental Sciences I studied Physics at the Radboud University but that was just nothing for me. Based on my interest for Climate Change I went on the lookout for a program and ended up at Environmental Sciences. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do a Master’s at a research university after graduating from the HAS.
Choice for Environmental Sciences
Eva: I visited an Open Day and had contact with the Study Advisor. I was in doubt about Environmental Sciences and other biology-related Master’s. I was looking for a program in which I could focus on sustainability and a little bit on communication. From the meeting with the Study Advisor it turned out that Environmental Sciences was the program that fit the bill best.
Martijn: I was looking for a more Beta like program and was in doubt about Environmental Sciences and Earth and Environment. However, the mandatory courses of Environmental Sciences drew me more. Also, in my opinion, the program Environmental Sciences was ‘broader’ than Earth and Environment and that was decisive for me in choosing for this Master’s.
Eva: The rooms and the buildings are calm and quiet, good for studying in and also cozy. Even though, the mandatory courses do have a lot of overlap with what I have already learned during Applied Biology, there are very interesting opportunities here for a thesis and internship.
Martijn: At the HAS I only had mandatory courses, during the Master’s it is possible to make a lot more choices. From my experience in Nijmegen I was already used to the fact that studying at a research university requires more independence (and discipline) than studying at an applied science university does.
At the HAS I had a class consisting of 15 students. Here the class sizes vary per course. In the course “European Workshop” we did a mobility analyses of the accessibility of the Technology Park in Brno (Czech Republic) where companies and the Technical University are housed. This we did, among others, by using questionnaires. It was a tough challenge to do this with a group of 30 students! However, we did a good job and I learned a great deal from it.
Eva: I did not find the transfer from an Applied Science University to a Research University very challenging. I did have to get used to the different way in which the academic year is organised and that there are other systems of work, for instance how one goes about handing in a report. However, the manner of teaching is comparable and the English is not a problem. If you get accepted, then your English is of sufficient level.
Also, the number of students in my year, around 70, was close to what I was used to at Applied Biology. However, I did have to get used to the fact that there are no fixed classes, at each course the group of students is different.
Eva: Through the group work I learned a lot about mixing with students from different cultures. Some do not dare disagree with you directly but send an e-mail in the evening instead. If you want to work abroad later on, studying in Wageningen is therefore good preparation. Wageningen University also has many international contacts.
Martijn: I am still very much in contact with students who came to Wageningen to do a Master’s after graduating at the HAS. I play in a football team with approximately 10 former HAS students.
Eva: At Applied Biology around the half of my year continued their studies in Utrecht or Wageningen. With the people who went to Wageningen I still have lunch on a regular basis.
After the Program
Eva: I still do not really know what I want to do after graduation. Maybe something within the Food Industry in the field of sustainability. I could conduct research but I would rather use my job to learn how research can be translated to practice and how people can be reached.
Martijn: After graduation I would like to enter into the field of research. I really like conducting laboratory research and would like to continue in that within the field of Environmental Technology. However, I also really enjoyed the mobility research so maybe working at a consultancy firm could be wright for me as well.
Eva: Visit an Open Day or join a Matching Day. I found the meeting with the Study Advisor of great value as well. In such a meeting you can really discus if what you are looking for in a program matches the program’s courses. Furthermore, it is important to find out if commuting is worth your while or if moving to Wageningen is the better option.
Martijn: Join the Annual Introduction Days (AID), especially if you are planning on moving to Wageningen. You can get to know new people quickly and can get a lot of information about studying in Wageningen this way.