The Joint Master's in Applied Geophysics offers you an opportunity to live and learn in three European cities.
Delft is famous for its historic townhall, impressive churches and narrow canals, charming little shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. In the Golden Age, Delft was a wealthy merchant city housing the chambers of the famous Dutch East India Company and home to famous scientists and painters such as Johannes Vermeer. With its hundreds of high-technology companies and specialized institutes close by, Delft is at the heart of European technological progress. It is strategically well placed: close to the government centre of The Hague and the great port city of Rotterdam and within 30 minutes of the national capital Amsterdam and the sea. The area hosts some of the largest petroleum and geophysics companies in the world, including Shell, Fugro-Jason and the Netherlands Institute for Built Environment and Geosciences. Delft is at the cockpit of Europe: close to London, Paris and other major European cities. By rail, road, air and water, it is always accessible.
Situated at the northern end of Lake Zurich on a broad plain bounded by two rows of grass-covered hills, the fashionable city of Zurich is famous for its breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. Numerous bars, cafés, restaurants, discos and nightclubs can be found throughout the city itself. The pleasant ambience of central Zurich is enhanced by pedestrian-only streets and cobblestone alleys on either side of the picturesque Limmat River.
For students interested in hiking, skiing and mountaineering, it is possible to travel by rail or road from Zurich to the high mountains in less than 35 minutes. For those interested in experiencing other cultures, Switzerland's borders with Germany, France, Austria, Italy and the tiny Principality of Lichtenstein are all within a short distance of Zurich.
About 1200 years ago, Emperor Charlemagne chose Aachen as his main residence and centre of power. Visitors can visit his shrine and remember the former splendour of Aachen’s imperial past. The marvellous Aachen Cathedral is Germany’s oldest UNESCO cultural heritage site. Aachen with its booming high-technology industry and renowned university remains a mid-sized city with both modern and historic flair.
The pedestrian-only centre of town, with historic monuments, cobblestone alleys, street cafés, numerous street markets and a summer music festival is a colourful mix of people and languages, where citizens, students and visitors mingle and enjoy a lively, colourful and easy-going atmosphere. The great outdoors with hiking and cross-country skiing can be reached by a short bus ride to the Eifel and Hautes Fagnes mountains. Aachen’s mineral and hot springs, at 70 °C Germany’s hottest, can be enjoyed in a pleasant modern spa. Modern high-speed trains connect Aachen to London, Paris, Brussels and Frankfurt.
All three cities are served by major international airports, efficient and convenient rail services and major highways.