Premaster ERM

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The premaster programme Environment and Resource Management is meant for students who have special interest in environmental sciences and sustainability issues. The premaster programme is taught in English and contains 30 EC. The programme starts in the first week of September and all the courses will take place in the first academic semester.

The courses of the premaster ERM are equal to the courses of the minor Sustainability: Global challenges, interdisciplinairy solutions.  

The pre-master follows the logical order of first defining the Grand Challenges of Sustainability (course 1), after which the three pillars of sustainability (People, Planet and Prosperity) are addressed separately, in respectively course 2 (Governance of Global Sustainability), course 3 (Assessing a Sustainable Planet) and course 4 (Sustainable Supply Chain Management). The minor ends with course 5 (Designing Solutions for Sustainability) in which students complete their personal case study. After successfully completing the premaster ERM, you can be admitted to the master of Environment and Resource Management.

You have to complete the premaster (30 EC) within 1 year. Therefore it is not possible to re-enroll for the premaster. All general information about admission and application for a premaster programme can be found here. Please note that the Faculty of Sciences does not require students to participate at the premaster assessment.   

If you have any questions about the premaster Environment and Resource Management, please contact the Educational Office (toelating.beta@vu.nl).  

Admission

Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.

Students from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered. The deadline for applications is May 31.

Specific admission requirements for the pre-master Environment and Resource Management: 

• Average grade for the bachelor should be at least a 7.5 or equivalent (A bachelor thesis or writing sample can be requested if necessary to confirm quality);
• Affinity with environmental sciences or sustainability, proven by previous study program, courses, thesis or relevant (volunteer) work experience, expressed in a motivation statement or curriculum vitae;
• ERM requirements for English language proficiency, including sufficient scores for each test component;
• Strong motivation statement addressing:
    - Interest for environmental and sustainability issues
    - Specific interest for ERM
    - Future ambitions after graduation 

Language Requirements 

The ERM programme requires all students to take an English test. You can, however, begin your application without having the test results. Please be aware of the fact that it can take a long time to receive the results of English proficiency tests, so plan your test on time!  In case you haven’t taken a test yet, we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Deadlines for submitting the test results are August 30.  

Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the ERM programme:  

IELTS (please note that students must take the Academic test, not the General one):  

• Minimum Overall Band Score     6.5
• Minimum Sub-scores                6.0 

TOEFL:

• Paper-based test 580
• Internet-based test 92
        -Minimum Sub-score Reading         18
        -Minimum Sub-score Listening        19
        -Minimum Sub-score Speaking       19
        -Minimum Sub-score Writing           23 

Cambridge English:

• Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C
• Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C 

Copies of your English test results can be sent to the following address: toelating.beta@vu.nl 

More information on the application procedure for HBO-bachelors can be found here

Contact

For questions about the premaster Environment and Resource Management, you are encouraged to contact the Educational Office (toelating.beta@vu.nl).