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.

Program structure:

Mandatory modules of the 1rst year:

  • Master conference (3 CP)
  • Marine field and lab practice (12 CP)

compulsory-elective modules of the 1rst year:
3 out of 6 core subjects offered have to be taken

  • Core subject climate change (2 modules, 15 CP)
  • Core subject marine environmental archives (2 modules; 15 CP)
  • Core subject biogeochemistry (2 modules; 15 CP)
  • Core subject marine resources and geotechnology (2 modules; 15 CP)
  • Core subject sedimentary structures and processes (2 modules; 15 CP)
  • Core subject physics and petrology of the ocean crust (2 modules; 15 CP)
  • Possibility to choose from other master's programs (s. examination regulations)

It is possible to replace one of the three core subjects from the Master`s program Geowissenschaften or by choosing 15 CP from the Master`s programs Environmental Physics or Environmental History. As some courses are partly identical and as it is not allowed to register for the same course twice, some module combinations are prohibited. Prohibited combinations for 2018/19 can be found on the form-sheet for your core subject choice under downloads. 

Mandatory modules of the 2nd year:

  • geoscientific project exercise (15 CP)
  • geoscientific research seminar (15 CP)
  • Master thesis (30 CP)
Learning outcome:

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
Contact Person: Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio (


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", "0724 - Oil, gas and mineral resources


Venue: University of Bremen
Bremen, Germany

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


Open from
1 Mar 2019 to 30 Apr 2019


Semester fee 349,12 € 

  • 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 General

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. 

With the first application in PABo for an examination of a module starts a period with a total of 5 semesters in which the entire module has to be successfully completed. If the deadline has passed without having completed the module`s exams, the compulsory deregistration will follow. Cancellation of registration for an exam in case of illness as well as holiday semesters are not counted.
Irrespectively you must register in PABo for any further exam-try you would like to take. 

Qualification: Master of Science

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