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Opleiding: Earth Structure and Dynamics

Aangeboden door: Universiteit Utrecht

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Earth Structure and Dynamis is the study of the composition, structure and evolution of the Earth's crust, mantle and core.The program Earth Structure and Dynamics links geological, geophysical, geochemical and geodetic observations made at the Earth's surface to physical processes operating within the planet.

The program can be seen as combining physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology and field studies to address how the Solid Earth works. It allows specialization in virtually any aspect of Solid Earth Science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry, with many students choosing a combined geology-geophysics focus.

The main subject areas consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. Students examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes – such as mantle convection, plate tectonics, and mountain building – to those that can have an impact during a human lifetime. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity, and volcanism as well as subsidence, uplift, and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2.The program Earth Structure and Dynamics links geological, geophysical, geochemical and geodetic observations made at the Earth's surface to physical processes operating within the planet.

The program can be seen as combining physics, chemistry, mathematics, geology and field studies to address how the Solid Earth works. It allows specialization in virtually any aspect of Solid Earth Science, ranging from theoretical geophysics to pure geology or geochemistry, with many students choosing a combined geology-geophysics focus.

The main subject areas consist of seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. Students examine processes ranging from slow geodynamic processes – such as mantle convection, plate tectonics, and mountain building – to those that can have an impact during a human lifetime. These include active crustal deformation, seismicity, and volcanism as well as subsidence, uplift, and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2.

Kosten

2015 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 1984 / jaar
2015 Full-time Institutioneel € 12121 / jaar
2015 Full-time Internationaal € 18000 / jaar

1st year

The first year of the MSc programme is devoted to course work.

characteristics

Utrecht is the national focal point of Earth Sciences in the Netherlands. At Utrecht University, research groups of both the Department of Physical Geography and the Department of Earth Sciences study different aspects of the physical Earth. The close proximity of applied research institutions, such as TNO Built Environment, Royal Netherlands Institute of Meteorology, or the Netherlands Institute for Space Research stimulates collaboration and strengthens the quality of research and education.

curriculum

The courses in the first year prepare the student for his/her independent research, that includes reading relevant literature to formulate research questions and hypotheses, planning and performing the research, and presenting the work in an Master's thesis and an oral presentation. It is optional to do a guided research that includes various research and learning activities such as small research projects, as well as attending summer schools, seminars, workshops and complementary courses.

internship

There is a possibility to do a traineeship after the students' independent research. The internship offers on-site training at another research institute, an industry, consultancy firm, or governmental organisation, or another research institute.

job perspective

Orientation for a career in a more applied direction can be gained from study profiles focusing on management/society (M-profile). The M-profiles are a supplement to the track chosen within the Master's programme and may also include components outside the Utrecht University Earth Sciences programmes. A Master's programme with M-profile is concluded with an earth science research project and an obligatory traineeship focusing on the chosen profile. Students can choose one of three M-profiles: Geo-Resources, Earth and Sustainability and Climate-KIC.

The M-profile Geo-Resources is made up of a coherent series of courses focusing on knowledge, techniques, and problems regarding the extraction of natural resources including oil and gas.

The M-profile Earth and Sustainability is made up of a coherent series of courses oriented towards sustainable development. This provides a solid basis for a career within governmental organisations and consultancy firms that are active in the field of sustainable development.

The M-profile Climate-KIC focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship in the context of climate change and offers opportunities in the private sector in particular.

1st year

The first year of the MSc programme is devoted to course work.

characteristics

Utrecht is the national focal point of Earth Sciences in the Netherlands. At Utrecht University, research groups of both the Department of Physical Geography and the Department of Earth Sciences study different aspects of the physical Earth. The close proximity of applied research institutions, such as TNO Built Environment, Royal Netherlands Institute of Meteorology, or the Netherlands Institute for Space Research stimulates collaboration and strengthens the quality of research and education.

curriculum

The courses in the first year prepare the student for his/her independent research, that includes reading relevant literature to formulate research questions and hypotheses, planning and performing the research, and presenting the work in an Master's thesis and an oral presentation. It is optional to do a guided research that includes various research and learning activities such as small research projects, as well as attending summer schools, seminars, workshops and complementary courses.

instruction modes

Course work
Field research
Independent Research
Guided research (optional)
Traineeship (optional)

internship

There is a possibility to do a traineeship after the students' independent research. The internship offers on-site training at another research institute, an industry, consultancy firm, or governmental organisation, or another research institute.

job perspective

The Earth Structure and Dynamics programme is a stepping stone towards national and international PhD programmes. ESD graduates are well qualified for employment in industry, government organisations, engineering firms, software companies and private and governmental Earth Sciences agencies. Past graduates have generally found employment quickly, both nationally and internationally.

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120