MSc Geosciences: Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology

General information

Angewandte Geowissenschaften M.Sc.

The geosciences program in Aachen offers a unique combination of engineering geology and hydrogeology with geophysics as the concentration. Furthermore, Aachen is a leading institution for the study of deposits with regard to energy raw materials and mineral raw materials. The third concentration is geomaterials and relates to promising and applied tasks in mineralogy and crystallography. The specific academic profile offered in Aachen provides graduates with excellent training that enables them to meet professional requirements.

The program has taken basic physics, mathematics and chemistry to build a geosciences program with a natural science focus. It conveys in-depth knowledge about the construction, dynamics and the chemistry of the Earth and about chemistry, physics and mathematical methods to solve complex, geoscientific tasks. The training is carried out in German and English.

The training of the students is geared in such a way so students acquire skills and abilities in applying the understanding of the geosciences system for future societal tasks, building on a strong basis which includes knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and physics. Through its compulsory modules the program blends various disciplines in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy and crystallography. Electives facilitate the further professional specialization in one of the geoscience branches. The Master’s program specialized in the following three disciplines:

  • Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology
  • Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Geomaterials

Concentrations of the Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology Specialization:

  • Groundwater modeling,
  • quantitative engineer geology,
  • geothermics,
  • hydrogeophysics and petrophysics,
  • environmental geotechnics and
  • geophysical exploration
Learning outcome:

Career Prospects. There are numerous career fields, and based on the fact that the program is application-oriented and aligned quantitatively the career opportunities are good. The Applied Geosciences are involved in the following branches at home and abroad:

  • Industry of raw material extraction and processing (oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal energy, ores, precious metals, construction materials and much more)
  • Environmental protection
  • Civil engineering and building construction, especially tunnel construction, dam construction and foundation measures of large buildings
  • Landfill technology
  • New materials (refractories, smart materials, ceramics, glass, etc.)
  • Crystal growing
  • Development and protection of groundwater resources
  • Software branch
  • Development, manufacturing and distribution of analytical devices
  • Government offices, state authorities and municipal institutions
  • Research institutions and universities
  • Museums
Contact Person: Dipl.-Geogr. Kathrin Heinzmann ( )


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources", "0731 - Surveying


Venue: RWTH Aachen University
Aachen , Germany

Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering
Division of Earth Sciences and Geography
Intzestr. 1, 52056 Aachen


Open from
1 Feb 2017 to 11 Mar 2017


There are no tuition fees at RWTH Aachen University - this applies for international students as well. All students are, however, subject to a student body and social contribution fee of 232.72 Euros per semester. 


The prerequisite for admission to the program is an initial university degree. The required academic background is described in the exam regulations. The determination on whether or not the admissions requirements are met is made by the examination board.

  • Bachelor of Science or Engineering with at least 180 ECTS
  • A minimum of 90 ECTS in geoscience modules, of which at least 5 credits have to be earned in field work
  • A minimum of 30 ECTS in mathematics, chemistry and physics modules
  • A minimum of a four-week internship

Language Skills

  • Proof of sufficient English knowledge for the specializations geomaterials or energy and mineral resources (English, completed B2 Level of the Common European Framework for Languages) – no knowledge of German required (but strongly recommended).
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of German for the specializations geophysics - hydrogeology – engineering geology (English knowledge for individual classes required, but does not have to be proven).

Application Procedure:

The program has open admission for the summer and winter semester. German citizens should apply using the University's online application form. EU/EEA and international citizens apply using the RWTH Aachen Application Portal. Applications for a Master course of study at RWTH Aachen can only be submitted before the admissions deadlines. At the end of the application you must print out your application materials, sign them, and submit them with other documentation by the end of the deadline at midnight to the RWTH Aachen Registrar's Office. During filling in the application form you are asked to upload the following documents:

  • transcript of records (together with translation by a certified translator if the original is not in English or German)
  • curriculum vitae
  • motivational letter
  • two letters of recommendation (if required by selected study program)

Additionally, you might be required to submit a copy of a GRE and your language certificate.

Application Deadlines

EU/EEA students
- Winter Semester: 15 July 
- Summer Semester: 15 January 

International students 
- Winter Semester: 1st March 
- Summer Semester: 1st September

However, German/EU citizens are also advised to apply before March 1st/September 1st. 

Grant Opportunities:

Information about working opportunities and scholarships for international students is available here.


Exam regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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