Applied Earth Sciences has five different master programmes. After completing the bachelor programme, most students continue studying one of the five master programmes in AES. The MV also organises activities for master students, such as the company visits.

Every master programme has slightly the same schedule: in the first year students take the specialised courses and in the second year students will work on their Master Thesis, this Thesis is worth of 40 ECTS. There is also room for electives.

There are 6 master programmes:

You can find more information at the TU Delft website.

Applied Geophysics

The Applied Geophysics track is mainly about exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon or technical research. Graduates work in a wide range of companies and government institutes in the petroleum and civil engineering industry, such as oil and gas companies, contracting firms, IT companies, engineering companies, operators and financial institutions. Some sign up for PhD research programmes in various parts of the world. Others find employment outside geophysics in, for example, consultancy agencies. The programme is in three different European universities: half a year at the TU Delft, half a year at ETH Zürich and half a year at RWTH Aachen. Then students start working on their masterthesis, this can be done at one of the three universities.

The complete study programme can be found here.

For more information contact E.C. Slob:

Environmental Engineering

The focus of the master programme Environmental Engineering is on interdisciplinary technical competences in the field of design and research on environmental processes, understanding of the interaction between humans and natural environment, and the closing of water and resources loops.

The master track has two specialisations: Environmental Technology, dealing with the local influence and restoration of disturbed water and soil processes by technological interventions. Environmental Science, where the environmental processes are described on a global scale.

More information can be found here here.

Or you can contact M.K. de Kreuk:

European Mining Course

The Joint Master European Mining Course (EMC) offered by TU Delft, RWTH Aachen and Aalto University covers every aspect of the life cycle of mineral resources. It is a Master programme designed to provide a solid understanding of the global mining industry and takes a life-cycle approach by covering the entire mining value chain. It offers a state-of-the-art technical basis in resource modelling, mine design, and economic evaluation. Technical knowledge is also supplemented with topics on business economics, ethics, environmental engineering, and a clearly defined and structured programme for the management of health safety and environment.

Learn more about the MSc programme Resource Engineering? You can contact Dr. M.W.N. Buxton:

Geo-Energy Engineering

With a rise in the worldwide standard of living and a growing world population, the use of the deep subsurface is becoming more intense. At the same time, society requires an accurate estimate of the risks and environmental impacts involved with subsurface engineering. Geo-Energy engineers are fully equipped to address these challenges. They have a thorough understanding of the rocks and structures and rock-fluid interactions in the subsurface which enables them to simulate, predict and monitor processes of deep-subsurface use and to design interventions minimizing the economic and environmental risks in a responsible manner. Geo-Energy Engineering combines multiple disciplines in a single coherent program, which makes it unique in The Netherlands.

For more information you can contact Dr. J.E.A. (Joep) Storms:


Geo Engineering is a programme for Applied Earth Sciences students, but also for Civil Engineering students. The mastertracks has four specializations, but the Engineering Geology specialization is the most interesting specialization for AES students.

Engineering geology is mainly about teaching students how to identify and solve ground related problems.  It is about subjects like engineering geology of low-lying countries, sustainability of coastal defense, the effects of dredging- and offshore industries, basic principles of geology, soil mechanics, rock mechanics and hydrology. A large part of the programme consist of fieldwork.

The complete programme can be found here.

For more information you can contact D.J.M. Ngan-Tillard:

Geoscience & Remote Sensing

Geoscience & Remote Sensing is also a programme for both Applied Earth Science students as Civil Engineering students. There are no specializations within the mastertrack, but it consist of a lot of electives.

If you are interested in geophysics, climate change and earth observation techniques then you should consider G&RS. The compulsory courses are courses about observation theory, data acquisition and earth related geophysical courses. You can choose a lot of different electives like satellite missions, accurate positioning, climate change, atmospheric science, earthquakes and basic knowledge about the system of the earth. Part of the programme is a fieldwork trip in Iceland, this takes two weeks.

Graduates work in research institutions, related to energy and technical companies (TNO, Deltares, ECN), the government (RWS), but also oil- and gas industry (Shell, NAM, Nuon), aerospace industry (ESA, NASA) and engineering companies like Fugro, Arcadis and Oranjewoud. Other start a PhD all over the world.

The complete programme can be found here.

For more information you can contact Dr. ir. C.C.J.M. Tiberius: