Research course

Earth, Life and Climate

Institution
Utrecht University · Geosciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

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Months of entry

September

Course content

Explore processes affecting the Earth's life and its environment

In our Master's programme in Earth, Life, and Climate, you will explore the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. This two-year programme will provide you with the knowledge you need to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The main topics you will study include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction.

You can choose one of four tracks based on your specific interests:

  • Integrated Stratigraphy & Sedimentary Systems
    Dynamics of marine and continental sedimentary systems

  • Climate Reconstruction
    The reconstruction of climate change through Earth's history

  • Biogeosciences & Evolution
    The evolution and response of biota to perturbations in the environments

  • Biogeochemistry
    Processes that control the elemental cycles at the Earth’s surface

Societal and scientific challenges

On this programme, you will learn state-of-the-art reconstruction methods, modelling techniques, and laboratory experiments used in a wide range of earth and beta science disciplines. These disciplines include biogeology, palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry, organic geochemistry, hydrology, physical geography, geology, biology, climate dynamics, and palaeoceanography. You will utilise these skills in your own research project or on the traineeships you can take in preparation for an international career in applied or fundamental research.

The programme focuses on the following societal and scientific questions:

  • How does the Earth’s climate system respond to higher levels of atmospheric CO2?
  • How fast do ice sheets respond to global warming?
  • How are regional patterns of precipitation controlled by changes in monsoon strength or El Niño?
  • How resilient is the ocean to chemical perturbations?
  • How sensitive are ecosystems and biodiversity to environmental change?
  • How and when did life originate on Earth?
  • How are resources, such as fossil fuels and metal deposits, formed?

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU)
International students
Institutional fee 2017-2018: € 18,201 (non EU/EEA)

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Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Geosciences
Email
mscinfo.geo@uu.nl