Applied Geosciences

Master of Science

Angewandte Geowissenschaften, M.Sc.

Description

The M.Sc. Applied Geosciences has its emphasis on the applied aspects of geosciences, with a geoscientific focus on environmental research. Building on a suitable bachelor's program, the master's program imparts knowledge, skills and competencies, especially in the fields of hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, engineering geology, geothermal energy, applied mineralogy and atmospheric aerosol, in order to enable graduates to independently and responsibly work on issues related to the future topics of water, energy and environment. At the beginning of the Master's program, students choose one of two specializations (“Applied Geology” or “Environmental Geochemistry”). Each of the specializations consists of a specially adapted compulsory or optional module.

Module Handbook

Semester Course and Examination Schedule

Degree Programme Guidelines/Study Regulations

Course Catalogue

Institute for Applied Earth Sciences

Area of specialisation Applied Geology

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Area of specialisation Environmental Geochemistry

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Degree Master of Science
Duration 4 Semesters
Language German (some lectures in English)
Programme Start winter semester (recommended); summer semester (programme place not guaranteed)
Admission Applying with international qualifications (language requirements, application deadlines): International Admission.
Requirements for admission to the Master’s degree programme 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.
Internship -
Part-time Studies possible under specific conditions
Special Features Technical University of Darmstadt offers a Double Degree Programme at a partner university for this course.

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.

Upon successful completion of a Master of Science degree, there is the opportunity to begin working towards a Ph.D. either at the Technical University of Darmstadt or at another national or international university: Ph.D. at Technical University of Darmstadt

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.