The first- and second-year curriculum contain basic scientific training in maths, physics, chemistry and biology. In addition to the basic sciences, the first-year curriculum also already comprises a set of typical geology course units, a set which is expanded in the second year. In the third year, you can either opt for the Geology track containing the Bachelor’s project (which takes the form of a work placement at a company or a research institution). A more comprehensive field experience on land or at sea is also a possibility. Or you can opt for the Education track, which allows for direct access into the subsequent Master’s Programme of Teaching. The third-year curriculum also contains a study abroad window at another European university. Conversely, it is also possible to schedule your international experience in the Master’s curriculum.
After completing the Bachelor’s degree, you can either choose the Dutch-taught or the English-taught Master’s programme.
The Dutch-taught Master's programme offers a choice of two majors. The Basins and Orogens major contains course units with a focus on sedimentary processes, ocean and climate dynamics, and the evolution of the biosphere. Micropaleontology is a key aspect in all of this. On the other hand, the curriculum also contains petrological and geophysical aspects. Both disciplines contain field work. The Groundwater and Mineral Resources major focuses on the fundamental and applied study of natural resources and groundwater. Its aim is for a sustainable management and protection of these vital resources.
In addition to these majors, the Master’s curriculum also offers a vocational minor, which prepares you for a career in the industry by means of a work placement.
We also offer an English-taught curriculum, which is mainly research-oriented. There is a choice of four majors: In addition to the two majors that are also part of the Dutch-taught curriculum, you have the Geodynamics and Georesources, and the Surface Processes and Paleoenvionments majors to choose from. A more in-depth or comprehensive approach is possible by means of additional electives and the Master’s dissertation.
In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: educatieve master 120 sp).