The courses below are 7,5 EC (unless indicated otherwise). The period (1/2/3/4) and time slot (A/B/C/D) are stated in parentheses per course, see schedules. You take 15 EC per period from different timeslots. You have to register for courses yourself.

YEAR 1

Earth Life and Climate offers you a choice of four study paths. To start, you choose one these. You then design your plan following the rules of your selected study path. You will find an instruction on how to design your plan for the first year at the courses of the paths of your choice. You are allowed to take courses from outside of Earth Sciences, but if you do so you must earn at least 45 EC inside of your study path and you need approval of the Board of Examiners (boardofexaminers.geo@uu.nl).

YEAR 2

In your second year you must carry out a final research project. Your research will culminate in a Master's thesis (30-45 EC), on which you will also give an oral presentation. In addition, you also have to do a guided research (7,5-30 EC) and/or internship (15-30 EC). This means you will write at least two and maybe three academic papers: your thesis and a report on the guided research project and/or a report on your internship.

This study path seeks to understand the role of sedimentology and stratigraphy in reconstructing System Earth and basin-fill histories. It focuses on high-resolution age control, on processes that induce production, transport and deposition of siliciclastic and carbonate sediments. Over geological time scales, sedimentary systems are controlled by climate, tectonics and sea level, as well as by autocyclic processes. The history of cyclic variations and changes in these controls is intimately reflected in the sedimentary record. Predicting the occurrence and reservoir size of fossil fuels and other natural resources is based on this understanding of the dynamics of sedimentary basin fills. This knowledge also contributes to predicting the effects of future climate change on the Earth and society. This study path will train you to be a geologist / sedimentologist, biogeologist or stratigrapher.

Earth, Life and Climate

Choose at least one course (7,5 EC):

Research Instruction Earth Surface and Water

Choose at least one course (7,5 EC):

Plus seminars and career development activities

Integrated stratigraphy and sedimentary systems

Choose four courses (30 EC):

Electives

You can choose a maximum of two courses (15 EC) from the elective courses Earth Sciences to achieve a total of eight courses (60 EC) in your first year.

The main focus of Climate Reconstruction is on interpreting the fossil record of climate changes in Earth’s history. The goal is to identify external and internal driving forces for climate changes in the past and to understand the response of System Earth to these forces. This knowledge will form a basis for predicting future climate changes and evaluating the consequences of measures to counteract these changes. This study path will train you to be a biogeologist / geochemist, a quaternary geologist or a paleoclimatologist.

Earth, Life and Climate

Choose at least one courses (7,5 EC):

Research Instruction Earth Surface and Water

Choose at least one course (7,5 EC):

Plus seminars and career development activities

Climate Reconstruction

Choose four courses (30 EC):

Electives

You can choose a maximum of two courses (15 EC) from the elective courses Earth Sciences (below) to achieve a total of eight courses (60 EC) in your first year.

The evolution of living organisms is heavily affected by changes in the hydrosphere, atmosphere and lithosphere. These changes in turn are often caused or modulated by the activity of biota. This study path focuses on understanding the interrelationships between the evolution of the biosphere and the geosphere. This study path will train you to be a geologist / sedimentologist, a biogeologist or a paleontologist.

Earth, Life and Climate

Choose at least one course (7,5 EC):

Research Instruction Earth Surface and Water

Choose at least one course:

Plus seminars and career development activities

Biogeosciences and Evolution

Choose four courses (30 EC):

Electives

You can choose a maximum of two courses (15 EC) from the elective courses Earth Sciences to achieve a total of eight courses (60 EC) in your first year.

Environmental Geochemistry focuses on the processes that control the functioning of natural environments at the Earth’s surface. These environments are linked by the hydrological cycle, and their chemistry is strongly influenced by biological activity. They are increasingly perturbed by human activity on local, regional and global scales. In order to predict the consequences of that activity for Earth’s surface environments and to maintain and improve their quality, we need a scientific understanding of how biology, geochemistry and hydrodynamics interact in these systems. This study path will train you to be a geochemist.

Earth, Life and Climate

Choose at least one course (7,5 EC):

Research Instruction Earth Surface and Water

Choose at least one course (7,5 EC):

Plus seminars and career development activities

Biochemistry

Choose four courses (30 EC):

Electives

You can choose a maximum of two courses (15 EC) from the elective courses Earth Sciences to achieve a total of eight courses (60 EC) in your first year.

Please note! If you started your programme before 2016 and you still have one or more first year courses to complete then you must use the Study Guide from your starting year as your point of reference.