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Geoscience (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

Geosciences has a standard duration of four semesters and builds on the Bachelor's degree programme. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in geosciences and are qualified for graduate research.

The GeoZentrum Nordbayern at FAU covers a wide range of geoscience disciplines. Students select and study two of the following six geoscience major ans minor subjects:

  • Petrology – Geodynamics – Georesources (PG)
  • Applied Sedimentology – Georesources (AS)
  • Applied Geology (AG)
  • Applied Mineralogy (AM)
  • Palaeobiology – Palaeoenvironment (PB) (English)
  • Climate and Earth Systems (CES) (English)

The major in Palaeobiology can be combined with one of the other five disciplines and can be studied entirely in English in the combination with Climate and Earth Systems (CES) (please see our website for more information).

There are numerous possible combinations and the degree programme is unique in Germany in this respect. This flexibility allows you to tailor your studies to your personal areas of interest and to the requirements of your targeted profession.

Majors and Minors

The GeoZentrum Nordbayern offers six disciplines which can be chosen as major and minor subjects.

  • Petrology – Geodynamics – Georesources (PG)
  • Applied Sedimentology – Georesources (AS)
  • Applied Geology (AG)
  • Applied Mineralogy (AM)
  • Palaeobiology – Palaeoenvironment (PB) (English)
  • Climate and Earth Systems (CES) (English)

Engineering offices, universities, the chemical industry, the State Office for the Environment, museums, research centres, etc., offer jobs in areas such as water resource management, georesource management and exploration, geo-material development, geothermal energy, climate impact research and consulting. The career prospects are very good due to the general natural scientific education.

Students choose one of these as main subject and one as minor subject. They further select a core skill module and interdisciplinary elective modules. Detailed information about each of these specialisations can be found on the degree programme information sheet.

Degree programme structure

1st semester (winter semester)

Lectures to augment the basic knowledge acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme and introduction to the disciplines as preparation for the field and laboratory courses offered in the following semesters.

Block courses outside of the lecture period: work placement in industry or mapping/project or field exercise module

2nd semester (summer semester)

Lectures and exercises, core skills module

Block courses outside of the lecture period: work placement in industry or mapping/project or field exercise module

3rd semester (winter semester)

Students advance their knowledge through research modules; comprehensive modules directly prepare students for their Master's thesis, core skills module

Block courses outside of the lecture period: work placement in industry or mapping/project or field exercise module

4th semester (summer semester)

Master's thesis and Master's oral examination

Module structure plan for Master's degree programme in Geosciences

A detailed explanation of the individual specialisation areas can be found on our website or on the official module catalogue.

Admission requirements

The current admission requirement for the Master's degree programme Geoscience is a final grade of 2.5 or better in the BAchelor's degree. Students who have not achieved this grade may be accepted via a selection process.

The teaching language for the Master's degree programme in Geosciences at FAU is German; the teaching language for the specialisation in Palaeobiology is English. Generally, an Englisch level “B 2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – CEFR) Vantage or Upper intermediate“ is required.

Application procedure

The MSc Geoscience degree programme at FAU always starts in the winter semester. Applications must be submitted via the Application portal Campo.

If required examinations have not been completed at the time of application, students may be permitted to provide proof of these at a later date. A confirmation of the prospective issue date of the Bachelor’s degree from the examination office has to be provided.

Further information about the Master's application procedure

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Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: English, German
Admission: Qualification assessment
Size: (25-49 Students)
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences