University of Amsterdam

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)

M.Sc. Earth Surface Processes


Turfdraagsterpad 9

Kloveniersburgwal 48

Amsterdam, Noord-Holl


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Sc. Earth Surface Processes

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The MSc in Earth Surface Processes is one of the four MSc tracks in Earth Sciences offered by the Universiteit van Amsterdam. It is targeting international high calibre participants pursuing careers related to land and water management. For this, the track focuses on processes in water, soils and landscapes on various spatial and temporal scales. Emphasis is laid on the role of Earth surface processes within relevant societal themes such as sustainability, environmental management and risk assessment. Examples are land degradation and erosion, soil organic matter transformations and related metal and nutrient fluxes, as well as the fate of anthropogenic substances in soils. The topics are approached in a quantitative way with a strong accent on the use of experimental, measurement and modeling techniques. All four MSc tracks in Earth Sciences have their own dedicated course programme, using modern techniques combined with fieldwork. However, all four tracks start with the combined course Natural Resource Management of Geo-Ecosystems, including a field trip to Tenerife. In addition, it is possible to follow a combination of courses from the various tracks if desired. The MSc in Earth Surface Processes is coordinated by the research Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED). For more information please contact Programme Manager Dr. A. Tietema at


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Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Large City

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