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Earth, Life and Climate

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24 months
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Type of institution
Research University

Program description

Earth, Life and Climate is an interdisciplinary programme combining biology, (geo)chemistry and earth sciences.

The programme Earth, Life and Climate aims at students with a Bachelor's degree in one of these disciplines and an interest in ecology, evolution or paleoecology. The programme focuses on 'system Earth' as a whole, studying the fundamental processes that drive natural systems, in particular those with a strong impact on the biosphere and biodiversity and the processes that determine the structure and evolution of natural environments at the Earth's surface, including soils, sediments, lakes, groundwaters, wetlands, estuaries and the oceans.

These environments are interlinked by the hydrological cycle, and their chemistry is strongly influenced by biological activity. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between communities of living organisms and the changing lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Special focus lies on processes that have affected the Earth in the past (for instance the effects of climate change on the biosphere) to analyse future threats that might endanger our global system.

About Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a top international university that holds a top 100 position in the international university rankings. It offers a broad range of high-quality Dutch- and English-taught programs and courses. The English curriculum consists of Bachelor's and Master’s degree programs, certificate courses, and Summer School courses. In addition, some of the world’s most talented students come to Utrecht University to do their PhD research.

Research has always played a fundamental role in Utrecht University’s degree programs. Course content is closely linked to top-class research. Students are taught in small groups by top researchers and lecturers, mostly experts in their field. Utrecht University is at the forefront of developments in interdisciplinary knowledge. Our research continues to have impact in fields ranging from biochemistry and biophysics to human rights and culture.

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Language requirements

TOEFL paper based: 580, TOEFL computer based: 213, TOEFL internet based: 93

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