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BSc Applied Earth Sciences

How can geothermal energy be efficiently explored for the underground, as alternative source of energy? Can groundwater be exploited sustainably? Which earth strata can be used to safely store the greenhouse gas CO2 in order to mitigate the global warming? How can you prevent ground subsidence? As a student of Applied Earth Sciences, you can aspire to become an expert solving such issues of high societal and economic impacts.

It’s adventurous and strongly international, but above all it’s a world study: this degree programme centres on the earth itself. An Applied Earth Sciences engineer is able to find and process just about everything of value under the ground. Read more about the specialist fields of Applied Earth Sciences.

Degree programme

In the three-year study programme you take a wide range of subjects and you gain broad practical experience through practical tuition, excursions and field work in the Netherlands and abroad. Right from the very start you are active in the ‘real world’. Thanks to the many excursions, field work assignments and study trips you apply your theoretical knowledge and learn what this subject is all about.

In addition to the general programme you can take minors (packages of optional subjects), study abroad or do an internship. In the last semester you are taught subjects that you will need for the specialist fields in the Master’s phase. Once you have your diploma you can transfer to a follow-up Master’s degree programme, which lasts two years.


The range and number of jobs is very large, both in the Netherlands and abroad. After completing your studies you might start work in oil extraction in Brazil, coal exploration in South Africa, dam construction in Ethiopia or in innovative iron ore extraction in Sweden, to give just a few examples.

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