Earth, Life and Climate

Universiteit Utrecht

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Deze opleiding

Earth, Life and Climate is an interdisciplinary study of the processes that govern past, present and future climates, environments and biotic responses.


typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
numerus fixusnee
The programme Earth, Life, and Climate explores the fundamental processes which regulate the past, present, and future dynamics of sedimentary systems, biodiversity, and climate, as well as their evolution. It provides the knowledge to understand climate change and its impact on natural environments such as soils, sediments, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, estuaries, and oceans.

The main topics include the evolution of life, the development of sedimentary basins, carbon sources and sinks, biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprinting of sedimentary processes/environments, and climate reconstruction.

Students will learn state-of-the-art reconstruction methods, modelling techniques, and laboratory experiments used in a wide range of earth and beta science disciplines. These disciplines include biogeology, palaeontology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, environmental geochemistry, organic geochemistry, hydrology, physical geography, geology, biology, climate dynamics, and palaeoceanography. Students utilize these skills in their own research project or in the traineeships they undertake in preparation for an international career in applied or fundamental research.

Waarom aan de UU?

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.


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specialisatie Integrated Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Systems

This track aims at understanding the role of sedimentology and stratigraphy in reconstructing System Earth and basin fill history.

Students use an integrated stratigraphic approach to explore the dynamics of marine and continental sedimentary systems. Focus lies specifically on the processes surrounding the production, transport, and deposition of siliciclastic and carbonate sediments, as well as the application of radiometric and astronomically derived age models.

An understanding of sedimentary basin dynamics can help predict the occurrence and reservoir size of fossil fuels and other natural resources.

specialisatie Climate Reconstruction

This track focuses on reconstructing historical climate changes to identify the external and internal forces driving climate change and to understand the response of the Earth system to these forces.

Students use high-resolution proxy records such as temperature, CO2, salinity, sea level, continental aridity, and climate modelling experiments to measure these changes. This knowledge helps predict future climate change and evaluate the consequences of measures taken to counteract these changes.

specialisatie Biogeosciences and Evolution

On the Biogeosciences and Evolution track students focus on the evolution and response of biota to perturbations in their environments.

Students also work on establishing biogeochemical and geochemical fingerprints to reconstruct particular environmental conditions. Special emphasis is placed on the development of organic and inorganic proxy records such as temperature, CO2, and salinity, through experimental research and actuo-ecological studies. Furthermore, the track explores ways of identifying new evolutionary traits in microorganisms (e.g. foraminifera and dinoflagellates) and macroorganisms (e.g. mammals).

specialisatie Environmental Geochemistry

This track focuses on the processes controlling natural environments, as they are increasingly perturbed by human activity on a local, regional, and global scale.

Natural environments are connected together by the hydrologic cycle and their chemistry is strongly influenced by biological activity. Focus lies on knowledge of the biological, geochemical, and hydrodynamic interactions taking place within these systems. This will allow students to predict the impact of that activity on Earth's surface environments, as well as developing the means to maintain and improve the quality of these environments.


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet60% zelfstudie
30% theorie
10% praktijk
literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, excursie, onderzoeksvoorstel, werkcollege, hoorcollege, werkgroep, groepsopdracht, workshop, poster presentatie, individuele opdracht, practicum, zelfstudie, project, laboratoriumwerk, seminar

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2021

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2021
collegegeld nog niet bekend

1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 juni 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

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336kamerhuur in Utrechtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1204totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


496 studenten volgen deze opleiding
39% daarvan is vrouw
46 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
52% daarvan is vrouw
30945 studenten aan de Universiteit Utrecht
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Utrecht

66691studenten studerend
31446studenten woonachtig   
€ 336gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
18 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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1/10 UU
Earth, Life and Climate
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
46 eerstejaars
52% vrouw
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2/10 UU
Water Science and Management
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
46 eerstejaars
52% vrouw
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3/10 UU
Marine Sciences
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
46 eerstejaars
52% vrouw
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4/10 UU
Earth Surface and Water
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
46 eerstejaars
52% vrouw
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5/10 UU
Earth Structure and Dynamics
€ 336 gemiddelde kamerhuur
46 eerstejaars
52% vrouw
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6/10 Amsterdam UVA
Future Planet Ecosystem Science
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
58% vrouw
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7/10 Amsterdam UVA
Environmental Management
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
58% vrouw
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8/10 Amsterdam UVA
Geo-ecological Dynamics
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
58% vrouw
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9/10 Amsterdam UVA
Earth Sciences
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
12 eerstejaars
58% vrouw
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10/10 Amsterdam VU
Earth Sciences
€ 424 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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disclaimer: bovenstaande cijfers en beoordelingen zijn aangeleverd door de opleidingen zelf. Wij kunnen de juistheid niet garanderen.

Feiten en / studie in cijfers


bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete
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De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2017 hebben meer dan 280.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Earth, Life and Climate aan de Universiteit Utrecht is beoordeeld door 170 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.3 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Many of our graduates go on to find employment in research. Depending on the student's personal interests and ambitions they will be equipped to work in both fundamental and applied research. A career in applied research in government institutes can be pursued, as well as consulting firms, or various industries. This depends on the track that the student has chosen.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

A large proportion of our graduates follow up their Master's degree by pursuing a PhD in the Netherlands or elsewhere and ultimately a career in either applied or fundamental research. Fundamental research opportunities are available at universities in the Netherlands and internationally. The research may entail field, laboratory and desk work (such as computer modelling).

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