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 Structure and Dynamics offers you a choice of three 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 Master's thesis and a report on the guided research and/or a report on your internship.

This study path adopts an in-depth geophysical approach to understanding the structure, composition and dynamics of the deep interior of the Earth and other planets. The courses address seismology, the dynamics of the mantle and lithosphere, geopotential fields, and applied geophysics, as well as state-of-the-art computational methods. The research covers the entire spectrum of geophysics from seismic tomography to geodynamic modelling of plate-tectonic processes and associated surface deformation and seismicity. This study path will train you to be a geophysicist.

Courses Earth Structure and Dynamics

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

Research instruction Earth Structure and Dynamics

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

Plus seminars and career development activities

Physics of the Solid Earth and Planets

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.

This study path combines courses from other study paths to create a hybrid Geology-Geophysics track addressing the evolution of basins, orogens and the crust-lithosphere system in the context of plate tectonics. It is aimed at students seeking to combine observational and field-based geological analysis with the quantitative aspects of geophysics. Courses and research primarily cover the fields between the Physics of the Deep Earth and the Earth Materials tracks. This study path will train you to be a geophysicist or a geologist.

Earth Structure and Dynamics

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

Research instruction Earth Structure and Dynamics

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

Plus seminars and career development activities

Basins, Orogens and the Crust-lithosphere System

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 Earth Materials study path focuses on the deformation and metamorphic and igneous processes operating in the crust and upper mantle. The courses address the physics and chemistry of rocks, minerals and melts, and how the behaviour of these materials controls geodynamic processes. The research ranges from unravelling orogenic and volcanic events, to exploring Earth’s early history, the origin of geological resources, mantle rheology and the response of crustal rocks to the geological storage of CO2. This study path will train you to be a geologist.

Earth Structure and Dynamics

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

Research instruction Earth Structure and Dynamics

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

Plus seminars and career development activities

Earth Materials

Choose four courses (30 EC):

Electives

You can choose a maximum of two courses from the elective courses Earth Sciences (below) 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.