Introduction to the curriculum

The master Applied Earth Sciences is a two year MSc programme. All students of Applied Earth Sciences (AES) start with the same modules in the first semester: The faculty wide MUDE module and the AES programme core [Q1+2]. Hereafter, you can choose one of the disciplines in the second semester [Q3+4]. These offer you more specialised knowledge in a particular field.

The second year offers even more flexibility and freedom of choice than the first year, providing possibilities to choose in-depth or free electives, or do a multi- or interdisciplinary project in the Netherlands or abroad in Q5 and choose a cross-over module shared with Civil Engineering and/or Environmental Engineering in Q6. This allows you to eventually make a well-informed choice for a research topic for your master thesis.

Year 1

Faculty Module (MUDE)
The first year of the MSc Applied Earth Sciences starts with the faculty module on Modelling, Uncertainty and Data for Engineers (MUDE) [Q1+Q2]. This module is shared with Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering master students.

This module comprises two interlinked parts. The Theory, Application and Coding part focuses on the fundamental concepts on (1) modelling and simulation; (2) uncertainty quantification and risk analysis; (3) monitoring, sensing and data science. This part also includes workshops on coding skills. In the Project part students work on examples and applications at the interface areas where the various topics overlap, creating opportunities for more integrated applications in the broad field of civil engineering and geosciences.

Programme Core​​​​​​
Parallel to this faculty module the first two periods will include a programme core for only Applied Earth Sciences students. The programme core [Q1+Q2] consists of three modules. 

  1. Earth System, Natural Resources and Climate,
  2. Physical Principles of Earth System Observation,
  3. Dynamics of Solids and Fluids.

These modules will prepare you for the four master disciplines.

After the faculty and programme core modules, you will choose one of the four offered disciplines. Each discipline offers a core module to be combined with one of the A-modules [Q3] which is discipline specific or a combination of multiple disciplines. Subsequently, the students take a B-module [Q4] of their discipline core. The B-module comprises of a lab on a discipline-related societal challenge combined with self-chosen theory components and ends with a discipline-related fieldwork.

You have the option to specialise in one of the disciplines, but also have the flexibility to combine elements from different disciplines.


Year 2

In Q5 you can choose between:

  1. Electives, either within (in-depth) or outside their discipline.
  2. The Joint Interdisciplinary Project (JIP)
  3. The faculty-wide Multidisciplinary Project (MDP). 

In Q6 you can choose from multiple cross-over modules, which are shared between the different master programmes of the faculty, and include a multidisciplinary project. In parallel you will complete the thesis preparation.

Q7 and Q8 are devoted to your individual Master Thesis. 

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