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 5 master programmes:

You can find more information at the TU Delft website.

Resource Engineering

Resource Engineering is about the total cycle of materials, from mining to processing, extractive metallurgy and recycling. Graduates in resource engineering work all over the world in mining, processing, metallurgy, recycling, production processes, financial institutions, consultancy offices, etc. Some Graduates do PhD programmes all over the world. The MSc track Resource Engineering is organised by five other universities from Europe: Erasmus Mundus Minerals and Enviromental Programme (EMMEP). There are three specializations: Mining (European Mining Course and European Environmental and  Geotechnical Engineering) and processing (European Mineral Engineering).Click the following links to read more:

EMC (European Mining Course)

EMEC (European Mineral Engineering Course)

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

Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences

Petroleum Engineering & Geosciences has two specializations: Petroleum Engineering and Reservoir Geology, Deze opleiding bestaat uit twee aparte richtingen, Petroleum Engineering en Reservoir Geology, a large part of the specializations are the same.

The Petroleum Engineering specialization is about subjects like the upstream petroleum industry, from reservoir engineering to drilling techniques and the economic evaluations and optimalization of projects. The aim of this master programme is to teach students about different aspects of petroleum engineering (reservoir techniques, petrophysics, drilling and production engineering and geophysics). After graduation students will work on the development of oil- and gas fields or in research.

The complete programme can be found here.

The Reservoir Geology specialisation teaches students to use modern measurement techniques, computational methods and new geological concepts to obtain a quantitative understanding of the processes behind reservoir rocks. These skills are useful not only in the petroleum industry but also in hydrogeology and other related branches and in the search for new energy sources. The Reservoir Geology course meshes with the courses in petroleum engineering and geophysics. After graduation students work in energy companies, mainly in oil- and gas industry or they will work in research projects (like PhD).

The complete Reservoir Geology study programme can be found here.

For more information you can contact Prof. W.R. Rossen:

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:


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: