MSc in Marine Geosciences

General information

The internationally oriented postgraduate study program Master of Science "Marine Geosciences" promotes the latest state of marine geosciences and technology. It enables graduates to create and critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate ship and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on current marine and climate issues, which are under investigation by the federal marine research institutions in Bremen and Bremerhaven. The interdisciplinary character of marine geosciences is mirrored by a topic-centred course structure. The courses strongly emphasize the understanding and modelling of processes and dynamics in natural systems. The multidisciplinary nature of marine geoscientific research, the application of up-to-date scientific instruments and computer software play an important role in teaching methods and topics.

The courses strongly emphasize the understanding and modelling of processes and dynamics in natural systems. The multidisciplinary nature of marine geoscientific research, the application of up-to-date scientific instruments and computer software play an important role in teaching methods and topics. More information about the programme is available on this brochure.

Study Plan

The first year of the programme students take three out of six core subjects offered, each with a winter and a summer term module (see table below). The second year consists of a Geoscientific Project, a Research Seminar and the Master Thesis.

Winter Semester - Year 1 Summer Semester - Year 1
Elective core subjects
Climate Change I: Fundamentals  Climate Change II: Models and Data 
Marine Environmental Archives: Methods  Marine Environmental Archives: Project 
Biogeochemical Processes: Concepts  Biogeochemical Processes: Projects
Marine Resources and Geotechnology I Marine Resources and Geotechnology II 
Sedimentary Structures and Processes: Shelves and Passive Margins  Sedimentary Structures and Processes: Active Margins 
Formation and Evolution of the Ocean Crust    Convergent Margin and Intra-Plate Processes 
Compulsory subjects
Master Conference Marine Field and Lab Practice

Master conference:
The aim of the module is the organization of a geosciences conference over two days. The students decide on the scientific focus of the conference and prepare the scientific program regarding themes and sessions. Talks will be presented by the students as well as by in-house and external speakers. The students are responsible for the development of the program, time scheduling, speaker invitation and the assignment of activities.

Marine field and lab practice:
A broad and open spectrum of field- and offshore marine courses that offer advanced training in the field and in offshore marine settings. Students learn how to analyse and interpret marine environmental archives and paleoceanographic and paleoclimatic records. Courses comprise combined lectures and excursions as well as integrated field campaigns and educational cruises.

Geoscientific Project: is set out to develop and train practical skills of both professional and general character. It enables the students to realize own conceptions, to acquire additional fields of competence and to establish contacts, which may improve their chances on the job market. The project fosters personal initiative and „learning by doing“, but equally represents a supervised, output-oriented practical project, which is to be documented by a written report and explained by a colloquium talk.


Learning outcome:

Career perspectives. With their scientific, technical and vocational skills, graduates are excellently prepared for a variety of jobs:

  • Marine geoscientific research at universities, research centres or authorities
  • Coastal management (water management, coastal protection, monitoring of sediment movements etc.)
  • Exploration and exploitation of resources (oil, gas, ore, building materials) off shore or at sea
  • Consulting on coastal or marine engineering projects such as harbour construction or the set up of off-shore wind power farms
  • Public relation management for companies and institutions
  • Science writing, museums and discovery tourism
  • Science management at (inter)national level


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", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: University of Bremen
Bremen, Germany

Department of Geosciences
P.O. Box 330 440
D-28334 Bremen


Open from
1 Mar 2017 to 30 Apr 2017


For the majority of you the M.Sc. Programme Marine Geosciences will be free of study fees. However, the University of Bremen levies a mandatory semester contribution of currently 272,80 EUR to cover administration costs, the German student organisation and a ticket for the local public transport.


Applicants should have explicit interest in marine geosciences and be highly motivated. A Bachelor in a geoscientific discipline (or a comparable qualification) and very good command of the English language are required (textbook and teaching language; internationally recognized English proficiency test for non-native speakers, level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Independence and team work ability, thorough practice of information technologies as well as intercultural competence complete your profile. 


  • Bachelor (or equivalent degree) in a geoscientific major
  • English knowledge on the level C 1 (language of instruction)
  • at least 1/3 of the bachelor credit points or courses in geosciences
  • at least 1/6 of the bachelor credit points or courses in maths, physics, chemistry and/or biology
  • capacity to work both independently and as part of a team
  • capability for partly strenous field trips
  • safe handling with IT
  • intercultural competence (fellows will come from allover the world!)

Application Procedure:

Applicants must apply via the central online Application Portal. Your application package has to include the following documents (in English; as pdf and certified copies):

  • Application form 
  • Certificates of university degrees or if not finished until April - 30, a proof of at least 132 ECTS credit points in a required undergraduate degree program 
  • Transcripts of your university career, listing courses, labs, practicals, including their duration, and earned grades/credits
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation 
  • Verification of English proficiency 
  • Only applicants from foreign states: two letters of reference (which should be sent to us independently, s. formsheet on the right)

Your application package should be uploaded on the application portal. After receiving the admission you are requested to hand in the certified copies. 

Application Deadline: 30th of April


Academic level: Master


In the program Master Marine Geosciences examinations are normally offered at the end of the lecture period. Homework, presentations, reports, etc. may apply throughout the semester. The exact exam dates will be communicated at the beginning of the lecture period. 

Exam types

Each module concludes with a module mark. The module examination may consist of one or more exams (graded) and / or academic achievements (not graded). For details, in particular the number, type and scope of performance records and their weighting in the calculation of the module mark are defined in the module description. 

  • Module Exam:A module is completed with a single examination or coursework. If the exam is graded, the mark counts with 100% for the module grade. Concludes a module with "passed" or "not passed", this module is not included in the calculation of the final Master grade.
  • Combined Marks: A module examination may conclude with a combination of tests and coursework. Each performance within a combination examination must be passed. The module-grade calculation is up to the module coordinator. Only the module grade is visible in Pabo.
  • Course marks: The module grade can also consist of exams taken in the individual courses within modules. Each exam counts for the module grade in the amount of the credit score of its course in Pabo. 


Only those who have registered in time at Pabo can take part in exams. Login and logout periods for each test are given in Pabo.
In case of illness address immediately to the examination office (s. contact) and submit as soon as possible the application to sick leave with a doctor`s certificate.
If you want to study more modules than needed as a voluntary additional performance, please address to the examination office so that you can login at Pabo for the exam, too.
All minor and guest students need to address directly to the lecturers for being registered for the examination, since they can not be registered in Pabo.

Qualification: Master of Science

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