The Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. In order to gain admission to one of our Master’s programmes, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score.
Specific admission requirements for the MSc Earth Sciences programme:
For VU Bachelor’s degree students
Students with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from VU will receive direct admission to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences, specialisations Geology and Geochemistry and Earth Surface Processes and Records.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences, Economics & Sustainability (‘Aarde, Economie’ & Duurzaamheid') from VU will receive direct admission to the Master's programme in Earth Sciences, specialisations Earth Sciences and Economics, Earth Surface Processes and Records (when certain subjects form the minor Earth Surface have been chosen) and Earth Sciences, Global Environmental Change and Policy.
Students with a BSc-degree Earth Sciences will be admitted to the following Master’s *specialisations according to the Variant which was followed in the Bachelor’s programme:
- Geology and Geochemistry: BSc variant I;
- Earth Surface Processes Climate and Records: BSc variant I & II;
- Earth Sciences and Economics: BSc variant I & II, with extra required subjects in Spatial Economics (contact the master coordinator);
*After finishing the first year of one of the 6 Earth Sciences specialisations, you can choose the differentiation Science Communication.
*After finishing the first year of one of the 6 Earth Sciences specialisations and provided you have taken Sociale geografie I and, preferably, 12 ECTS of "Oriëntatie-CE"- courses, you can choose the differentiation Science Education.
Students who do not receive direct admission to a certain Master's specialisation, because their BSc variant is not entirely appropriate for this specialisation, may still be admitted by a decision to that effect taken by the Admission Board. The Admission Board will, in such cases, place additional requirements on the student before granting admission to the Master's programme.
For the specialisation in Global Environmental Change and Policy, the following admission requirements apply:
Bachelor degree at university level (preferably interdisciplinary) containing:
- at least 6 ec in Earth Sciences at the end of the 3rd year
- at least 6 ec in Environmental Sciences or Sustainability Sciences at the end of the 1st year
- at least 6 ec in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Basic Knowledge or affinity with environmental topics:
- previous study programme, course work, thesis
- relevant work experience (can include volunteer work)