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Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences
(Master of Science)

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© Institut für Mineralogie
Course type
postgraduate studies (master)
Standard Course Duration
4 semesters
Course Start
Winter semester, Summer semester
Primary Language of Instruction
Unrestricted admission

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

Earth sciences have a central role to play in addressing elemental issues of global significance. These include the exploration, development and use of the earth’s surface and natural resources under the dramatically rising pressure of the population (water, soil, energy resources, metal ores, rocks and earth). Further issues are the assessment of geo risks, the development of new materials and procedures, especially in the fields of energy efficiency and environmental protection, climate change of the earth and the resulting consequences for physical, geochemical, ecological and economic processes of the earth’s surface.

In the last few decades, earth sciences have developed into a science using modern measuring procedures from physical chemistry together with a strong theoretical element based on mathematical-physical models. This includes the analysis and modelling of processes taking place on the surface and in deeper regions of the earth on different scales of time and space. The subject aims to find socially relevant answers to the scientific issues named above and to teach state-of-the-art methods.

Further information for students on the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences

Areas of Focus

  • deposits and raw materials
  • experimental methods
  • geochemistry/inorganic chemistry
  • mineralogy/crystallography
  • properties of glasses
  • soil mineralogy
  • soil science
  • volcanology
Course Content

The free choice of modules in the master’s programme in earth sciences enables students to specialize for two years. By applying quantitative methods of analysis or numerical models to geological problems, student develop approaches to understanding the endogenous and exogenous processes influencing the earth’s surface (e.g. weathering, soil formation, erosion, sedimentation, tectonics, volcanism and climate development in mountain areas). Through their choice of modules and in cooperation with BGR, LIAG and LBEG, students can specialise in geo-resources (e.g. soil, water, hydrocarbons, metallic raw materials).

Students specialising in geochemistry and mineralogy learn to make critical use of the latest analytical methods to investigate the properties of natural and synthetic minerals and solids.

Recommended Abilities

To study earth sciences you should have good powers of observation and concentration, a love of experimenting and working in a laboratory, the ability to work in a team and interest in technical matters, as well as a good grounding in science. Evidence of specific language skills is not required. A good knowledge of English is, however, essential for successful participation in the course.

Career Opportunities

Graduates in earth sciences have a variety of career fields to choose from. In the field of soil science, earth scientists work for federal and state pedological services, environmental agencies, engineering offices working in soil mapping, soil analysis and land reclamation, or environmental laboratories. In the field of geology/ geochemistry, they find employment in the public sector, in firms specialising in the exploitation of natural resources and the analysis and decontamination of old environmental damage, in consultancy offices, research institutes and science museums.

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in a related field of study, such as

For master's degree programmes with unrestricted admission, all applicants who fulfil the admission requirements will be admitted a university place. The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulations: 

Admission and special language Regulations Degree Programme Earth Sciences

There is no minimum grade / entry grade for the Master's application. Notwithstanding the currently valid admission regulations for Master's programmes, the minimum grade of 3.0 is no longer applied. The admission regulations will be revised in this regard.

Application Deadlines

First-year students

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • December 1st – January 15th of the year for the summer semester


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