Then apply to this pre-Master’s programme in Environment and Resource Management. Check whether you meet the programme requirements and sign up.
Tackle today’s sustainability challenges
Admission and application
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.
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)
- Minimum Sub-scores 6.0
- TOEFL paper based test: 580
- TOEFL internet based test: 92
- Minimum Sub-score Reading 18
- Minimum Sub-score Listening 19
- Minimum Sub-score Speaking 19
- Minimum Sub-score Writing 23
- VU TOEFL ITP: 580
- Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C
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: email@example.com.
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:
Number of EC at least achieved / % EC achieved
HBO bachelor students
University level (WO) students
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.