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.

Deze opleiding heeft de volgende erkenningen:

Keuzegids topopleiding 2016
score 78

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instituteWageningen University
Wageningen University & Research
diplomaClimate Studies
program typeregular
program formfull-time
program duration2 years
credits (ECTS)120 EC
numerus fixusno numerus clausus
geen honoursprogramma
application no60107

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Hoe is de opleiding opgebouwd?
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 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
bron: NVAO
instruction modes
Lectures, practical work, case work, group work, computer models, excursions, self study, thesis research.
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.
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.



major - Meteorology

Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management

major - Hydrology and Quantitative Water Management

Crop and Weed Ecology

major - Crop and Weed Ecology

Integrated Water Management

major - Integrated Water Management

Environmental Systems Analysis

major - Environmental Systems Analysis

Environmental Economics and Natural Resources

major - Environmental Economics and Natural Resources

Environmental Policy

major - Environmental Policy

Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry

major - Air Quality and Atmospheric Chemistry

Earth System Science

major - Earth System Science

Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology

major - Nature Conservation and Plant Ecology

Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality

major - Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality

Sustainable Development Diplomacy

track - Sustainable Development Diplomacy

Climate-KIC Certificate

track - Climate-KIC Certificate

Toelating en kosten

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Program start and application deadlines

1 September 2017
admission deadline 1 May 2017
statutory tarif : € 2006
institutional tarif : € 15000
non-EU/EER tarif : € 17600
Netherlands Fellowship programme : €
1 September 2018
admission deadline 1 May 2018
statutory tarif : €
institutional tarif : €
non-EU/EER tarif : €
Netherlands Fellowship programme : €

application requirements

grade averageGrade Point Average of at least B/B+ (US system) or first degree classified as second upper (UK system) or equivalent
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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Wat kost studeren?

gemiddelde kosten voor een student Climate Studies in Wageningen

bron: Nibud
282kamerhuur in Wageningenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1150 aan totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel4.24.2


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Climate Studies aan de Wageningen University is beoordeeld door 32 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 4.2 uit 5.