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Earth and Environment


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The master Earth and Environment brings together hydrology, meteorology and soil science. As a Wageningen Earth scientist you study our planet, including its atmosphere, at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. You learn about the physical, chemical and biological processes in the Earth system, with a focus on the critical zone: the region where the different compartments (pedosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere) most actively interact.

This critical zone is also the place where natural processes and human needs often clash, leading to a wide range of environmental issues.  Water scarcity, soil degradation, loss of biodiversity, pollution of the environment, vulnerability to severe weather and climate change are just a few examples of the challenges that need to be addressed urgently. 

Based on field observations, lab experiments and model development you will be able to develop scenarios that describe expected changes. Thus you can have an important role in improving natural resources management and in removing obstacles to sustainable development.

Within the programme your can specalize in  Hydrology and Water Resources,  Meteorology and Air Quality,  Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water, and Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics.




Master of Science


2 years

ECTS credits



Numerus Fixus

Tuition fee 2024/2025

€ 2,530

€ 20,600

€ 20,600

€ 20,600


Application requirements

In case that the admissions committee needs additional information about your background in order to reach a decision (and possibly a pre-master's programme), an interview can be part of the admission process.

Sufficient quality of the bachelor's degree as shown by an average unweighted mark of at least 7 (Dutch system) or the international equivalent of the required quality as determined in the International credentials evaluation guideline.

We expect you to have a natural sciences background (physics, chemistry or biology). However, the balance between the specific natural sciences varies per specialisation. A good working knowledge of mathematics and statistics as well as proficiency in the use of IT (information technology) are a prerequisite, since data capturing and analysis, modelling and programming are important skills used during the master’s programme.

In order to properly make an assessment of your background knowledge, interests and ambtions we need a statement of purpose. For us it is particularly improtant to know in which of the four specialisations you are mainly interested.

Language requirements

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English
IELTS overall band
IELTS speaking
TOEFL internet based

Check when you can start and what you have to pay!

Tuition fees  
€ 2,530
€ 20,600
€ 20,600
Start date App. deadline EU/EEA App. deadline Non-EU/EEA
1 Sep '24 1 Jul '24 1 May '24


You can check if you're eligible for scholarships that apply to this course.

StuNed Scholarship Programme

StuNed Scholarships for master studies, short courses and customised training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least 2 years' work experience in a development-related organisation.

Orange Knowledge Programma (OKP)

The Orange Knowledge Programme aims to contribute to a society's sustainable and inclusive development. Its scholarships are open to mid-career professionals in specific countries.


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0317 - 484848

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