Applied Geosciences (Master of Science)
(Angewandte Geowissenschaften, M.Sc.)
|Degree: Master of Science|
|Duration: 4 Semesters|
|Language: German (some lectures in English)|
Requirements for Admission: Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme (and thereby university enrolment) consist of a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Geosciences. Admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. Specific degree entrance requirements may be found here and in the competences description. For further questions please contact the departmental student advisory service.|
Please also note the general information on Master’s Degree programmes, including information for students with degrees from universities abroad: International Admission.
|Admission Procedure: As long as the requirements for admission (assessment of suitability) are fulfilled, there is no restriction on admission.|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester (recommended); summer semester (programme place not guaranteed)|
Application Deadline: July 15 (for winter semester); January 15 (for summer semester).|
Please note: You should apply well before the deadline (~ 12 weeks) if you also need to apply for visa.
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features:For this degree programme, the Technische Universität Darmstadt offers Online Self-Assessment for selecting a course of study.|
The degree programme Master of Science in Applied Geosciences is designed to deepen and broaden the knowledge and skills about geoscientific and socially-relevant issues, such as climate, water, energy, natural resources, soil and the environment. Main areas are Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, Geothermal Energy, Environmental Chemistry, and Applied Mineralogy.
Students must choose between Applied Geology and Environmental Geochemistry as their area of specialisation.
Applied Geology consists of modules from the fields of hydrogeology, engineeering geology, sedimentary geology, and geothermal energy. These range in scope from classical- and applied-geological subject matters to technological aspects or to reservoir research.
Environmental Geochemistry is focused on environmental geoscientific issues, such as the behaviour of toxic materials in soil, water and air, and is based on the principles and methods of hydrochemistry, geochemistry, atmospheric research and applied mineralogy.
Further information may be found at: Studieninformationen des Fachbereichs (Departmental information).
Advice for Prospective M.Sc. Students
While the Bachelor of Science focuses mainly on the fundamentals of the field, the Master of Science builds directly on this foundation by providing more scientific depth and a more complete methodological and technological understanding of the field. In contrast to the Bachelor degree programme, the Master of Science enables and requires students to adopt their own major focus and to work towards their own independent academic, scientific research profile.
For these reasons it is recommended that students complete a Master of Science degree.
Related Degree Programmes
|Angewandte Geowissenschaften (B.Sc.) (Applied Geosciences, B.Sc.)|
|Energy Science and Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.)|
|Environmental Engineering (M.Sc.) (Umweltingenieurwissenschaften, M.Sc.)|
Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the TU Darmstadt or at another national or international university. Further information on doctoral studies at TU Darmstadt:
Ingenium – Young Researchers at TU Darmstadt (umbrella organisation for promoting early career researchers)
The labour market for geoscientists has been influenced by the ever-increasing demand for experts who grapple with timely issues of climate, water, energy, natural resources, soil and the environment. Given the knowledge of chemistry, physics, computer science, etc. they acquired during their studies, geoscientists are widely employable. They may be employed as hydrogeologists and engineering geologists in consulting or engineering firms, in government offices (e.g. Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe – Federal Office of Geosciences and Natural Resources), with environmental, water and mining departments, or with regional geological departments. Other areas of employment include natural resource and energy supply, and lastly, environmental protection.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
Berufsverband Deutscher Geowissenschaftler e.V. (Professional Association of German Geoscientists)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften (German Association of Geoscientists)