Read more about the programme - Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Sciences MSc programme of Wageningen University is an international programme containing one year of course work and and one year of research. It is thesis-oriented with the individual research project (major) as its core. Compulsory elements are kept at a minimum, thus enabling the coursework to be tailored to the wishes and needs of the individual student. Study adviser and thesis supervisor both assist the student in selecting the most relevant courses from what Wageningen University has to offer.

Aim of the programme

The Environmental Sciences MSc programme of Wageningen University is an international programme offering its students advanced and specialized academic training emphasising the development of:

  • A critical attitude;
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • In-depth knowledge of a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues.

Graduates from the Environmental Sciences MSc programme are well equipped to continue academic training as a PhD student or to start or continue a professional career requiring independent scientific performance.

Target group

The MSc Environmental Sciences aims at attracting qualified BSc graduates with basic academic training as well as mid-career professionals. Initially, the annual enrolment numbered around 70: 20 Dutch students and 50 from abroad, representing over 20 nationalities. Over the years the influx of students has increased significantly, the most recent academic years showing an enrolment of around 130 (55 Dutch and 75 from abroad). Since the start of the programme in September 2002, up to and including August 2016, 1004 students have graduated, representing 85 nationalities. 52% of the graduates are female.


Interested in Climate Change and entrepreneurship? With the master's Environmental Sciences, you can participate in the Climate-KIC programme. This programme offers you the possibility to discuss your innovative ideas on climate change mitigation and adaptation options together with students from several other European universities. You will attend lectures about entrepreneurship, innovation and climate change and join our summer school to develop your own business case. For more information visit the website.

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