GECP looks at global earth and environmental systems, and international challenges such as climate change, the energy transition, sustainable development, natural hazards, and biodiversity loss. We bring together different disciplines from climate studies, to environmental sciences, geography, economics, and policy. Through an international fieldwork in the first year, you learn to apply your skills to real-world challenges. The focus is not limited to Dutch cases, and by crossing the border, aims to achieve a broader inclusion.
In the first year, you will study courses related to Climate Sciences, Environmental Economics, and Environmental Policy and Governance, exploring integrated approaches to solving global sustainability challenges. You will also learn methods of interdisciplinary research and you will conduct an international fieldwork.
In the second year, students can specialize in one of the following topics: Energy, Ecosystem services, or Water. This enables students to take courses from other programmes such as Environmental Resource Management (ERM), Hydrology, Ecology, the other Earth Sciences specializations (Earth & Climate and Geology & Geochemistry), and Science Communication. More information about the streams can be found under the 2nd year tab.
This is a rigorous two-year Masters programme aimed at developing student’s skills in scientific research. Students can expect to learn a range of skills to achieve this: from knowledge of earth systems and climate change, to technical skills in programming and GIS, to developing research proposals and conducting research in the fields of their interests, and to an understanding of how this research can be applied within wider contexts of economics and policy making. Through an international fieldwork in the first year, you learn to apply your skills to real-world challenges and to work with local communities. The opportunity to specialise in the second year deepens applied knowledge within one of the streams.
The specialisation is for students who want to go beyond understanding the Earth system and instead aim to contribute to sustainable solutions by analysing the broader social, political and economic aspects of global environmental change. Our students are highly motivated, interested in interdisciplinarity, focused on solutions rather than limitations, and equipped with a critical and analytical mind.
At the end of the programme, you will have acquired a sound knowledge of earth and environmental sciences, combined with the additional perspectives of economics and governance. With this unique combination you’ll be able to pursue advanced careers in research, consultancy, international organisations and companies, and governments. You will also be qualified to apply for national and international sustainability PhD programmes.
You can read more about the programme and course descriptions in the study guide.
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