MSc Earth and Environment: Hydrology and Water Resources Specialisation

General information

Planet Earth is a complex, interactive and fascinating system, providing all the essentials needed to sustain life and support living organisms, protected by a thin layer of atmosphere. Natural processes and human needs often clash, leading to a wide range of environmental issues. Water scarcity and quality, soil degradation, food supply, loss of biodiversity, vulnerability to severe weather and climate change are just a few examples of key issues that need to be addressed urgently. Are you interested in working on solutions for these and other environmental issues? The Wageningen University Master Earth & Environment was born from the necessity of helping the next generations of scientists find solutions for the issues confronting the way we look after our planet, now and in the future. Within the programme you choose one out of four specialisations: A) Hydrology and Water Resources, B) Meteorology and Air Quality, C) Biology and Chemistry of Soil and Water or D) Soil Geography and Earth Surface Dynamics.

The MSc Earth and Environment is a two year programme. Starting in September, the first year consists of 40 weeks of coursework. In the first year, you take a number of compulsory courses, restricted optional subjects and optional subjects. The second year is divided into an academic internship (16 weeks) and the thesis research (26 weeks). Together with your Study Adviser, you put together and agree a personal Master programme that suits your knowledge, skills and interests.

You become a well-rounded specialist in the fields of (a) hydrology and water resources (b) meteorology and air quality (c) biological and other aspects of soil and water or (d) geography of soils and Earth system dynamics. Furthermore, you also gain a broad view of the interactions in the critical zone where the different spheres meet. Subjects studied range from micro to global scale; they are closely related to the innovative research and applications of ten leading research groups.

Hydrology and Water Resources 
This specialisation allows you to develop as a hydrologist and gain an in-depth understanding of catchment-scale hydrological processes and quantitative river basin water management. You take courses in the fields of catchment hydrology, hydrogeology, river flow and morphology, hydrometeorology and soil physics. Your study programme will contai

  • Interdisciplinary Topics in Earth and Environment
  • Environmental Data Collection and Analysis
  • Models for Environmental Systems
  • Ecohdrology
  • Catchment Hydrology
  • Delta Hydrogeomorphology
  • Advanced Hydrological System Analysis or Urban Hydrometeorology
  • River Flow and Morphology or Emerging Contaminants

Study advisor: Monica Gorska (online contact form)

Learning outcome:

Future career. The Master programme offers our graduate scientists excellent opportunities to develop their career in research or as a science professional at universities, research institutes and consultancies. Our graduates can be found all over the world, working as meteorologists, hydrologists, water quality scientists or soil scientists, to name a few disciplines.


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0512 - Toxicology", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: Wageningen University
Wageningen, Netherlands

Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 PB Wageningen



Besides the statutory tuition fee, Wageningen University has a number of institutional tuition fees. Which tuition fee applies to you, depends on certain requirements (nationality, degree obtained, address): Tuition Fees 2016-2017

  • A Bachelor degree in Earth Science (Geoscience), Physical Geography, Environmental Sciences, Biology (Ecology), Chemistry, Physics or Engineering are appropriate for admission to this programme.
  • Quality: sufficient quality of the BSc degree as shown by an average mark of at least 7 (Dutch system), a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least B/B+ (US system) or a classification as 2nd upper (UK system). You can download a pdf file with detailed information on other international equivalents of the required quality 'WU International Credentials Evaluation guidelines.'
  • Be fluent in English, both written and spoken.
  • A good working knowledge of calculus and statistics as well as proficiency in the use of information technology.

Op top of these general requirements there are also specific requirements for "Earth and Environment" which can be found here

Application Procedure:

If you would like to register for the Master Earth and Environment, you have to fulfil the general requirements for all Master programmes at Wageningen University, and the specific conditions for the Earth and Environment programme.

You must complete the online application form and submit it with all necessary documents. Before you complete and submit the application form please make sure that you have the required application documents (bachelor degree; transcript of academic records; CV; motivation; English language test results) scanned as pdf files and ready to upload. After you have completed and submitted the application form you will be re-directed to a webpage to upload the application documents. 

Further information about the application procedure: Dutch studentsEU studentsnon-EU/EFTA students.

Application Deadlines

Dutch students: August 1, 2016
EU students: July 15, 2016
Non-EU/EFTA students: May 1, 2016

Grant Opportunities:

There are several options for acquiring fellowships that cover some or all of the costs of a study programme at Wageningen University. Nevertheless, the acquisition of a fellowship is often a lengthy process. Applicants should therefore contact possible donors at a very early stage.

All information can be found here


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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