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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
2 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 16630 per year

All study options

About Hydrology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Understand the hydrological system and its societal impacts

How can we make sure there's enough water available for everyone? Can we ensure water quality for agriculture, biodiversity and drinking water? And how can we minimise the impact of extreme flood events in dense urban areas?

If you're looking to dive deeper into the complex interactions between hydrological processes and their relationship with society, climate and vegetation, then this is the Master's programme for you.

You'll come away with the skills, including fieldwork and modelling skills, to understand the processes. And you'll develop solutions to address challenges of water quantity, quality and associated risks, such as floods and droughts.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 16630 per year

Entry requirements

The Hydrology programme is open to both Dutch and international students. The Faculty's Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

In order to gain admission to the Hydrology Master's programme, you will need to have at least a Bachelor's degree from an accredited research university including at least three full years of academic study amounting to a minimum of 180 ECTS or equivalent. We do not require a GRE or GMAT test score. A Bachelor's degree obtained at an applied university or higher vocational education (HBO in Dutch) in most cases does not grant direct access to the programme (only exceptionally high ranking students stand a chance of admission).

Specific requirements for the Hydrology Master's programme

You can gain admission to the Master's programme in Hydrology with a Bachelor's degree in earth sciences, geology or geography. The same applies if you have a three-year BSc in other natural sciences and technology. To be eligible, a BSc-level knowledge of physics, mathematics, chemistry and basic earth science subjects is required. Additional requirements in terms of background knowledge may be required for certain specializations. Admittance to the Master's programme in Hydrology is based on a decision taken by the Admission Board.

General English language proficiency requirements

VU Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Exceptions are made for students who have completed a bachelor or master in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia.

The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission to this master programme are:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall
  • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92 overall
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A, B, C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B, C

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