MSc in Geological Sciences: Hydrogeology

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Konsekutiver Masterstudiengang in Geologischen Wissenschaften (Schwerpunkt: Hydrogeologie)

The Geological Sciences examine the physical and chemical processes within Earth and on its surface, including the study of natural resources and risks to habitable areas. Geological Sciences are therefore an applied arm of the natural sciences, but they are distinguished from the latter by their links to Earth history and the life sciences. The analysis and prediction of geological processes require the ability to reconstruct past events through the study of rocks, minerals, and fossils. This necessitates an interdisciplinary approach which is fostered in the MSc programme in Geological Sciences by four focus areas: Geodynamics & Geomaterials, Geophysics, Hydrogeology and Paleontology.

The Master's program (MSc) in Geological Sciences usually takes four semesters. Students can choose between four areas of specialization: (1) Geodynamics and Geomaterials, (2) Geophysics, (3) Hydrogeology and (4) Paleontology. The major fields of study in turn are divided into compulsory and elective modules.

The master's program includes modules from the "cross-curriculum" and the freely selectable "major field of study" and comprises a total of 120 credit points (CP). In the cross-curricular curriculum, modules amounting to 24 credits have to be completed. In addition to general "geoscientific topics", two modules are to be selected from one area of ​​study, which is not also the main focus of study. The 
major field of study in one of the four areas above includes 66 credits.

With the master's thesis (30 credits), the students demonstrate that they are able to independently process and present a research task using scientific methods. Upon successful completion of the study program, the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) will be awarded.

The geological sciences are concerned with the processes, resources, and risks of planet Earth. Their methods are scientific, but by reference to the history of life and the earth they also have a historical component that is unique among natural sciences.

The analysis as well as the prediction of geological processes require the reconstruction of past events by the study of rocks, minerals and fossils, which is mostly worked in the geological sciences interdisciplinary. Therefore, there are four main topics in the M.Sc. program "Geological Sciences":

1) Geodynamics & Geomaterials (Isotope Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Petrology, Rheology, Sedimentary Basin Analysis, Tectonics)

2) geophysics (magnetotellurics, seismics, seismology, gravimetry, dynamics of the earth)

3) Hydrogeology: (water supply in arid areas, geothermal, aquifer potential)

4) paleontology (palaeoecology, palaeo-climate research, anthropocene research)

Most of the topics combine teaching with research on geo-risks (earthquakes, tsunamis, climate change, biodiversity) and resources (water, hydrocarbons, gas, rare earths, ores, building materials, etc.). The importance of earth processes and global material cycles for our civilization is addressed and partly deepened in special events.

The chosen specialization of the students of the Master program Geological Sciences decides to what extent the individual geological subject areas are actually covered in terms of content (see study structure).


Graduates have in-depth scientific knowledge and further vocational qualifications.

The labor market is heterogeneous, but essentially covers the following areas: Geological survey and use of land (eg for Geological State Offices or the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources), supply of raw materials (eg for mining companies, metallurgical plants, chemical industry, stones and soils, planning and consulting companies ), Energy supply through exploration and production (eg for oil and gas companies, coal and lignite mining, uranium ore mining), water supply and protection and engineering geology (eg subsoil geology for buildings, routes, tunnel and bridge construction, etc.).

Contact Person: Dr. Stine Gutjahr (


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

0532 - Marine Geology", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources


Venue: Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin, Germany

Institute of Geographical Sciences
Malteserstr. 74-100, Building B, C, G, H, K, O
12249 Berlin


Open from
15 Apr 2019 to 31 May 2019


Students do not pay any tuition fees, the university only charges semester fees and contributions each semester. 
Students are expected to finance most field trips and mapping courses themselves.


For admittance to the master’s program applicants need to fulfill the following admission requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc.) in Earth Science that corresponds in quality and content to the BSc in Geological Sciences at the Freie Universität Berlin, or an equivalent university degree in a related field to the Geological Sciences.

The DSH - or German Language University Entrance Exam for Foreign Students - is obligatory for all applicants whose first language is not German and who have earned their initial degree from a university (or equivalent institution) where the language of instruction is not German.

Applicants who have obtained their degree from a foreign university or equivalent are required to prove their knowledge of German. This can be done by passing the German Language Examination for University Entrance (DSH) or by demonstrating an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German Language Examination for University Entrance of Foreign Applicants at Freie Universität Berlin.

Application Procedure:

Admission mode 1st semester

No admission restrictions

Admission mode Higher semester

No admission restriction (for the winter semester for the 3rd and the summer semester for the 2nd and 4th semester)

Application and registration period

For the 1st semester: 15.04.-31.05. for the winter semester, 1.12.-15.1. for the summer semester. Only for the higher semester: 01.07.-15.08. (for the winter semester) and 01.01.-15.02. (for the summer semester)


Academic level: Master

Qualification: Master of Science

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