About the master's
The master's Environmental Sciences invites you to develop innovative, sustainable solutions to environmental threats. The programme allows you to specialise through a choice of ten different majors in order to work on a better environment from a natural sciences, technological or social sciences perspective. Many combinations belong to the possibilities within this study programme. For instance, offer solutions to pollution through the use of smart technologies, or apply economic instruments to influence the behaviour of people.
Compare the master's Environmental Sciences with similar study programmes in the Netherlands
Study programmes aimed at the environment, management and politics. Environment and Resource Management (VU University of Amsterdam), Environmental-Social Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen), and Environmental and Energy management (University of Twente). These one-year master's study programmes focus on the environment as a societal problem. They aim at creating solutions through decision-making, legislation, the economy and human behaviour. Wageningen’s master's Environmental Sciences is a two-year study programme that allows you to delve into these subjects. There is more space to create and follow a personal and varied study programme. You will also do an internship in order to gain insight of your career possibilities upon graduation.
The master's Energy and Environmental Sciences (University of Groningen) primarily focuses on environmental threats at a global level like climate change, sustainable energy and depletion of raw materials. The master's Environmental Sciences given at Wageningen University focuses on a broader range of themes.
The master's Environmental Sciences (Utrecht University) commences with general subjects meant to build a bridge between natural sciences and the social aspect of environmental themes. Only thereafter can students begin to specialise in either a natural sciences or social sciences direction. At Wageningen, master's Environmental Sciences students can immediately specialise in their subjects of interest as well as follow an internship later on in the programme.
The master's Industrial Ecology (Delft University of Technology and Leiden University) focusses on system analysis and the technological and social aspects of environmental issues but not on the environmental quality facets, whereas the master's Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University offers majors in all these environmental fields. Additionally, this master's from Wageningen University includes an internship and also more optional subjects to personalize your study programme.
Differences between the master's Environmental Sciences and similar study programmes at Wageningen University
The master's Urban Environmental Management also focuses on a diverse approach to environmental threats. But this master's study programme specifically focuses on urban environments whereas Environmental Sciences also studies natural and agrarian environments as well as the earth as a whole.
The master's Leisure, Tourism and Environment focuses on sustainable, environmental-friendly solutions specifically in the domain of tourism and leisure time. Special attention is placed on people from different cultures.
The master's Earth and Environment also focuses on the environment but at global level consisting mainly of natural sciences disciplines like meteorology, soil sciences, hydrology and geology. Creating modules to imitate our earth’s systems and the human impact thereupon is an important part of this study programme.
The masters International Land and Water Management and Forest and Nature Conservation focus on the sustainable use of natural resources and the management and conservation of nature, land and water. These studies focus less on the beta perspective compared with the many majors offered by the master's Environmental Sciences.