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Tackle today’s sustainability challenges

Environment and Resource Management (pre-master's programme)

Are you interested in following the Master’s programme Environment and Resource Management, but do not fully meet the entry requirements?

Then apply to this pre-Master’s programme in Environment and Resource Management. Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up.

Please note: if you obtained your Bachelor's degree abroad, and are thus an international applicant, you cannot apply to the pre-Master's directly. You always have to first apply to the relevant Master's programme, after which the admissions board can decide whether a pre-Master's programme is a suitable option.

Admission and application

  • Admission requirements

    Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered.

    Specific admission requirements for the pre-master's programme Environment and Resource Management: 

    • Average grade for the bachelor should be at least a 7.0 or equivalent (A bachelor thesis or writing sample can be requested if necessary to confirm quality);
    • Affinity with environmental sciences or sustainability, proven by previous study program, courses, thesis or relevant (volunteer) work experience, expressed in a motivation statement or curriculum vitae;
    • ERM requirements for English language proficiency, including sufficient scores for each test component;
    • Strong motivation statement addressing:
          - Interest for environmental and sustainability issues;
          - Specific interest for ERM;
          - Future ambitions after graduation.
  • Language requirements 

    Students with a HBO degree (in Dutch) must take an English Language Test. Check the requirements and exemptions on the webpage.

    You can also submit the result of the English language test after you have been conditionally accepted, the deadline for submitting the test result is August 31st. Please send a scan of your test result to toelating.beta@vu.nl.

  • Application

    You can find all general information about applying for a pre-master's programme here for international degree holders and here for Dutch degree holders. The deadline for applications is 1 June. 

    Please find all the information about deadlines and documents you’ll need to upload on the website of the master’s programme Environment and Resource Management.

Want to know more?

Do you have a question about the admission requirements?

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? You can contact the Educational Office of the Faculty of Science for questions and practical information: toelating.beta@vu.nl

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? You can contact the International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science - Marija Bosnić, Sandra van Daalen and Jasper Oosterveld: masters.fs@vu.nl

International students are welcome to schedule a telephone appointment with the International Student Advisors of the Faculty of Science through this link. You can book a date and time and then we will give you a call. 

Do you have any questions about the curriculum of this Master’s programme?

If you have any questions regarding this Master's programme, please contact the Master's coordinator Lotte van Oosterhout by sending an email to: info.erm.ivm@vu.nl