BSc Applied Earth Sciences

It’s adventurous and strongly international, but above all it’s a world study: this degree programme centres on the earth itself. Applied Earth Sciences is everywhere around you. Its engineers know how to secure our future sustainable energy supply and are needed for obtaining the scarce resources for your phone, windmills and car-batteries. They are also key in the construction of subsurface infrastructure such as tunnels, but also for other constructions, such as the stability of dykes. Furthermore, they monitor the Earth and its climate. This programme offers you a unique combination of engineering and geology and challenges you in the areas of mathematics, chemistry and physics.

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Degree: BSc Applied Earth Sciences
Working language: English
Start: September
Faculty: Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG)
Study load: 180 EC, 36 months
Form: Full time - on campus

Applied Earth Sciences is the study about the Earth’s subsurface and its atmosphere. You, therefore, will learn how the subsurface can be used to form the foundations of buildings and infrastructure or how a geothermal energy well works. You explore how the earth's resources come into existence, where they can be found and how they can be extracted wisely and efficiently, keeping the impact on the landscape and environment to a minimum. During the programme you will use advanced technologies to learn how to monitor changes in the subsurface, on the earth's surface and in the atmosphere telling you about climate change or whether an area is suitable for construction or a geothermal well.

Degree programme

During the three year study programme you will take a wide range of subjects:

  • Theoretical courses: physics, chemistry, mathematics and geology.
  • Application courses: reservoir engineering, mining engineering, remote sensing, geo-engineering, geophysics and flow in porous media
  • Practical courses: field work, assignments, group work, simulation courses, laboratory work and study trips

You focus on the grand challenges of the field and right from the very start you are active in the ‘real world’. Thanks to excursions, field work assignments and study trips you apply your theoretical knowledge and learn what this subject is all about, both in the Netherlands and abroad.

In addition to the general programme you must to take a minor (package of optional subjects which you can use to broaden or deepen your knowledge). In the last semester you are taught subjects that you will need for the specialist fields in the Master’s phase and you will perform an individual research project. Once you have your diploma you can transfer to a follow-up Master’s degree programme, which lasts two years, either in the field of Applied Earth Sciences, or elsewhere.

The BSc and MSc programmes are taught in English, giving you a solid preparation for your further career in an international work field.


The range and number of jobs is very large, both in the Netherlands and abroad. After completing your studies you might start working as engineer focussing on geothermal energy wells or innovative iron ore extraction. But you can also become a consultant, a geo-engineer, or work for ESA to give just a few examples.

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