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GeoThermics / GeoEnergy (MSc)

What is the degree programme about?

The degree programme teaches modern exploration methods for locating resources, e.g. seismic interpretation, tectonics, reservoir geology and modelling. Students also acquire the necessary knowledge of geomechanics, rock physics, hydrochemistry, flow and heat transport modelling, production, energy and drilling technology in order to tap and utilise resources in a sustainable and resource-conserving manner. The economic, ecological and legal framework conditions are additionally addressed by modules in energy economics, business administration in the context of energy, environmental and procurement law and citizen participation.

Further special features of the degree programme are:

  • Comprehensive topical range of the degree programme – from exploring and tapping geothermic and other geoenergy resources to their use and storage.
  • Promotion of innovative, interdisciplinary approaches and practices in exploring and using geoenergy resources.
  • Joint degree programme with TU München.
  • Combined teaching and research expertise of seven faculties relevant for geoenergy resources.
  • Content and methods can be directly transferred to many other areas requiring an understanding of deep geological formations (e.g. gas, fluid and heat storage).

Focus areas, specialisations and career prospects

GeoThermics/GeoEnergy is conducted as a joint degree programme with TU München.

Industrial sites worldwide are dependent on the long-term availability of affordable energy sources capable of covering the base load. New challenges are being created by rising demand combined with the growing scarcity of conventional energy sources such as crude oil and natural gas, the complexity of unconventional energy sources and perhaps most significantly the high demand for clean renewable energy such as geoenergy resulting from the energy transition which is currently being implemented. As a result, there is a growing demand for geoscientists with interdisciplinary training who have an overview of the interdisciplinary aspects and decision-making processes involved in exploring, economically tapping and sustainably using geoenergy resources and can apply this knowledge accordingly.

Graduates have a wide range of potential fields of employment:

  • Energy and raw materials industry
  • Exploration, tapping and use of renewable energy sources, e.g. geothermic energy
  • Exploration, tapping and use of conventional and unconventional energy sources, e.g. crude oil, natural gas, tight gas, self sourced reservoirs
  • Investigation of underground storage facilities
  • Geoengineering and mining
  • Engineering firms and consultancies
  • Insurance companies and independent consultants
  • Environmental authorities and associations
  • Education institutions
  • Universities and research institutions
Modules and degree programme structure

1st semester (winter semester): introductory phase

Lectures to complete basic knowledge of geoscience acquired in the Bachelor's degree programme and introduction to geoenergy resources, borehole geology, process machine and apparatus technology, drilling engineering and borehole geophysics, and permit and energy/raw materials law. Block courses outside of the lecture period

2nd semester (summer semester): in-depth study phase

Students advance their knowledge of geophysical exploration and compositional, petrophysical, geomechanical and geophysical characterisation and evaluation of reservoir rocks. Introduction to business administration, energy economics and environmental law. Block courses outside of the lecture period, core skills module 1 (citizen participation).

Core skills

3rd semester (winter semester): research phase

Students further advance their knowledge through research modules on seismic reservoir interpretation, reservoir geology, reservoir petrology and fluids, reservoir hydraulics and energetic systems. The content of these modules directly prepares students for their Master's thesis and provides orientation. Block courses outside of the lecture period: core skills module 2 (work placement in industry, project or field exercises).

Core skills

4th semester (summer semester)

Master's thesis and Master's oral examination

Module structure plan for Master's degree programme in GeoThermics/GeoEnergy
Module structure plan

Last updated: March 2017

Admission requirements

The current admission requirement for the Master's degree programme in GeoThermics/GeoEnergy is a final grade of 2.5 in the previous 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 GeoThermics/GeoEnergy at FAU and TUM is German.

Degree programme start date and application deadlines
The Master's degree course GeoThermie/GeoEnergie can only be started in the winter semester. The application for access to the qualification assessment procedure must normally be submitted from end of March to mid-July and is made online via the application portal campo.
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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Erlangen, Some modules at TU Munich
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German, Some lectures might be in English
Admission: Qualification assessment
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences