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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.

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 

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam requires international students and students with a HBO degree to pass an English language proficiency test. This requirement can be met if no longer than two years before the start of the programme the applicant has successfully completed one of the following examinations with the minimum scores indicated:

    IELTS (Academic): 6.5 (due to Covid-19 the IELTS Indicator will also be accepted for admissions in 2020)

    Exceptions are made for students who:

    • have obtained a Dutch vwo-diploma including English, or an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma;
    • have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university;
    • have completed previous education in Canada, Ireland, UK, USA, Australia or New Zealand.

    Please refer to the Language Requirements webpage for the general requirements regarding language proficiency.

    Copies of your English test results can be uploaded in VUnet or sent to the following address: 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. 

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    Generally speaking, students must complete their Bachelor’s or pre-Master’s before starting on their Master’s programme. This is known as the ‘BSc-before-MSc rule’. Due to the corona crisis, however, some students have had to partially stop their studies, resulting in an unfortunate delay.

    There has been examined how an exception to this BSc-before-MSc rule can be made possible for (pre)master’s programmes at VU Amsterdam. This means that, under certain conditions, students who are lacking credits for no more than a few courses (this may also be the final project), will still be able to start their Premaster programme at VU Amsterdam next year. This is a one-off measure. The missing credits must be completed during the 2021-2022 academic year, in other words no later than August 31 2022. Please read carefully below which rules apply for admission into this Premaster programme.

    The following rules apply this year for admission into this Premaster programme:

    Target group

    Number of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved


    HBO bachelor students


    210 EC

    University level (WO) students


    150 EC

    Please note that, apart from the rules above, other admission criteria / requirements that are not EC related are still applicable and must be met to be considered for admission into the Premaster programme.

    Do you meet these conditions or do you expect to meet these conditions by 31 August at the latest? If so, you can request exceptional admission no later than 1 August. You can do this by completing and submitting the form. 

    Do you want to start a pre-Master’s programme in September?
    Then complete the form for exceptional admission to a pre-Master’s programme

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 Pieter van Beukering by sending an email to: info.erm.ivm@vu.nl