instituteWageningen University
Wageningen University
diplomaClimate Studies
program typeregular
program formfull-time
program duration2 years
credits (ECTS)120 EC
numerus fixusnone
application no60107

Climate Studies

Combining knowledge and expertise from Earth-, Life- and Social Sciences, Climate Studies offers its students an understanding of climate change and its implications for economy and society.

The Climate Studies MSc programme is justified by the observed changes in climate occurring across the Earth, the surge in research aimed at improved understanding of the climate system and its dynamics, and emerging questions about the impact of climate change on ecosystems and society.
Climate Studies is a comprehensive programme, covering not only the most important geophysical and biogeochemical processes involved in climate change (the mechanisms), but also the socio-economic aspects of causes and effects, as well as adaptation and mitigation as the main categories of societal response.
Climate Studies is a thesis-oriented programme. Compulsory and restricted optional courses in the first year relate to research methodology, subject matter at different levels, and the development of academic and professional skills. These courses serve as preparation for an individual academic internship and for individual thesis research, which demand a considerable degree of independence of the students. Climate-change related thesis research projects are provided by 11 chairs in Earth-, Life-, and Social Sciences.


Information events

Studenten & Studentenleven

living in Wageningen

9632no. students
4741no. resident student   
€ 300avg. room price
room affordability
15 m2avg. room size
room availability

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number of students

51 students follow this program
37% of which is female
10 freshmen started in 2013
10% of which is female
8299 students at the Wageningen University
55% of which is female
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living in Wageningen

9632no. students
4741no. resident student   
€ 300avg. room price
room affordability
15 m2avg. room size
room availability

bron: NSE 2014

study association



instruction language100% en
teaching types
modes of instructionliterature study, colloquium, internship, research project, excursion, research proposal, lecture, group assignment, practicum, self study, laboratory work
contact hours

evening educationn.v.t.
distance learningn.v.t.


This interdisciplinary MSc course is specifically targeted at students who wish to study the natural- and social-scientific aspects of climate variability and change, and their implications for society. It provides a broad overview of climate-change related issues and the opportunity to become an expert by majoring in one of the most relevant disciplines.

instruction modes

Lectures, practical work, case work, group work, computer models, excursions, self study, thesis research.


Climate Studies: Earth, Life, and Society
Majors: Air Quality and Atmospheric Composition; Crop and Weed Ecology; Earth System Science; Environmental Economics and Natural Resources; Environmental Policy; Environmental Systems Analysis; Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management; Integrated Water Management;
Meteorology; Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology; Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality.

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Sustainable Development Diplomacy


Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality


Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology


Earth System Science


Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry


Environmental Policy


Environmental Economics and Natural Resources


Environmental Systems Analysis


Integrated Water Management


Crop and Weed Ecology


Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management


Climate-KIC Certificate

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courses roster

Integrated Water Management
Atmospheric Composition and Air Quality
Principles of Climate Change Economics and Policy
Principles of Earth and Ecosystem Science
Fluid Mechanics
Introduction to Global Change
Environmental Policy: Analysis and Evaluation
Atmospheric Dynamics
Biological Interactions in Soils
Earth's Biogeochemical Cycles and Global Change
Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences
Models for Environmental Systems
Models for Ecological Systems
Quantitative Research Methodology and Statistics
Water Governance: Concepts and Practises
Sustainable Technology Development
Soil-Plant Relations
Meteorology and Climate
Climate Change Adaptation in Water Management
International Environmental Policy
Economics and Management of Natural Resources
Earth System Modelling
Functional Biodiversity for Sustainable Crop Production
Environmental Assessments for Pollution Management
Climate Governance
Modular Skills Training
Catchment Hydrology
Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy
Atmospheric Modelling
The Carbon Dilemma
Integrated Ecosystem Assessment in Regional Management
Plant, Vegetation and Systems Ecology
Field Training Land-Atmosphere Interactions
Academic Consultancy Training
Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Valuation
Design of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies
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courses roster

MSc Thesis Integrated Water Management
MSc Thesis Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management
MSc Thesis Meteorology
MSc Thesis Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology
MSc Thesis Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality
MSc Thesis Environmental Systems Analysis
MSc Thesis Environmental Policy
MSc Thesis Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry
MSc Thesis Crop and Weed Ecology
MSc Thesis Earth System Science
MSc Thesis Environmental Economics and Natural Resources
MSc Internship
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StuNed ScholarshipsStuNed Scholarships for Master studies, short courses and customized training programmes are available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years work experience in a development-related organization.
Jean MonnetJean Monnet Scholarship Programme, which has been implemented for 20 years and aims to support Turkey's administrative capacity building efforts for the effective implementation of the EU acquis, is the most prestigious scholarship programme in Turkey.
Joint Japan/World bank graduate scholarshipSuccessful applicants for the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program will be awarded funding covering all tuition and admission fees, as well as housing and subsistence allowance. Travel expenses between the awardees' home countries and Tokyo will also be provided.
WUFThe Wageningen University Fund aims to maintain and strengthen the unique character of Wageningen University.
Since 1951, the Fund has been organising and financing activities that support excellent research and education and stimulate the academic development of students.
Anne van den Ban FundThis fund exists to enable promising students from developing countries to study at Wageningen University. The long term goal is the training of talented experts who will go on to play leading roles in improving the agricultural production, rural development and environment in their own countries.
European Union (EU)

Admission and costs

Program start and application deadlines

1 September 2016admission deadline : 1 May 2016 (NonEU)

application requirements

language requirements
Cambridge Advanced English    B2
Cambridge Professional English    B2
IELTS overall band    6
IELTS speaking    6
TOEFL paper based    550
TOEFL computer based    213
TOEFL internet based    80
grade averageGrade Point Average of at least B/B+ (US system) or first degree classified as second upper (UK system) or equivalent
grade list
knowledge minimum
language testApplicants must provide recent evidence of their spoken and written command of English.
previous educationBSc/BA in earth or environmental sciences, ecology, human geography and spatial planning, economics or related fields.
written request

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Usually you will pay the institutional or non-EU/EER tarif.
Simplified one can say:

  • statutory tarif is the regular tarif for students from inside the EU/EER.
  • institutional tarif is for students who already hold a bachelor's or master's degree and want to start a second bachelor or a second master.
  • non-EU/EER tarief is for students from outside the EU/EER.

Please note:
Tuition fee is strongly dependant on your specific situation. Be sure to check the institute of your choice for a exact figure.

tuition fees

2015/16full-time   statutory tarif € 1951
full-time   institutional tarifamount not yet definitive € 14300
full-time   non-EU/EER tarifamount not yet definitive € 15800
2016/17full-time   statutory tarif € 1984
full-time   institutional tarifamount not yet definitive € 14450
full-time   non-EU/EER tarifamount not yet definitive € 15960

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unique characteristics

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NVAO geaccrediteerd

De kwaliteit van deze opleiding wordt getoets door: NVAO (nl)

This program has been accredited on 20 by the Dutch-Flamish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) and has received the following grades:

realized quality
program cohesion
required study effort
staff quality
staff size
study guidance
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