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Overview

The geological sciences deal with the processes, resources, and risks of the planet earth. Their methods are scientific, but also have a historical component that is unique among the natural sciences due to their relationship to the history of life and the earth.

The analysis as well as the prediction of geological processes require the reconstruction of past events through the study of rocks, minerals and fossils, something which is usually worked on in an interdisciplinary manner in the geological sciences. Therefore, there are four focal points in the M.Sc. course "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 energy, aquifer potential)

4) Paleontology (paleoecology, paleoclimate research, anthropocene research)

Most of the focus areas combine teaching with research on geohazards (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 focus of the students of the Master’s course in Geological Sciences decides to what extent the individual geological subject areas are actually covered in terms of content (see structure of the course).

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

 

The master’s degree (MSc) in Geological Sciences usually lasts four semesters. Students can choose between four focus areas: (1) Geodynamics and Geomaterials, (2) Geophysics, (3) Hydrogeology and (4) Paleontology. The main areas of study are in turn divided into compulsory and compulsory elective modules.

The master’s degree includes modules from the “cross-focus curriculum” and the freely selectable “study focus” and comprises a total of 120 credit points (CP). In the interdisciplinary curriculum, modules totaling 24 CP must be completed. In addition to general "geoscientific topics", two modules are to be selected from a field of study that is not a major. The
major in one of the four areas above comprises 66 CP.

With the final master's thesis (30 CP), the students show that they are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

For information on the structure and process of the course, see study regulations and examination regulations. In the regulations, the credit points are given for each module and each event.

 

Modules of the course

Modules of the interdisciplinary curriculum

Compulsory module
module Geoscientific Topics
Elective modules (major areas of study)
module Surface processes and basin dynamics (geodynamics and geomaterials)
module Thermodynamics and kinetics of geological processes (geodynamics and geomaterials)
module Geochemistry of radiogenic isotopes (geodynamics and geomaterials)
module Earth dynamics (geodynamics and geomaterials)
module Geochemistry of stable isotopes (geodynamics and geomaterials)
module Isotope clocks in earth's surface processes (geodynamics and geomaterials)
module Physics of the Earth II - Ice Ages as a geodynamic tool (geophysics)
module Seismology I - earthquakes and structure of the earth (geophysics)
module Modeling in hydrogeology (hydrogeology)
module Applied Hydrogeology I (Hydrogeology)
module Applied Hydrogeology II (Hydrogeology)
module Applied Hydrogeology III (Hydrogeology)
module Facies interpretation (paleontology)
module Ecosystem Dynamics in the Phanerozoic (Paleontology)

Major in geodynamics and geomaterials

module Surface processes and pool dynamics
module Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Geological Processes
module Geochemistry of Radiogenic Isotopes
module Dynamics of the earth
Modules Elective modules
Major in geophysics
module Mathematical basics of geophysics
module Physics of the earth I: physics of the earth or seismics I: rock physics of sediments
module Physics of the earth II: Ice ages as a geodynamic tool or seismics II: theory of seismic waves
module Physics of the Earth III: Numerical Methods in Geophysics or Seismics III: Inversion and Mapping Methods in Geophysics
Modules Elective modules
Major in hydrogeology
module Hydrogeological laboratory methods
module Practical hydrogeology
module Modeling in hydrogeology
module Applied Hydrogeology I
Modules Elective modules
Major in paleontology
module Invertebrate paleobiology 1
module Invertebrate paleobiology 2
module Facies interpretation
module Modern ecosystems
module Ecosystem Dynamics in the Phanerozoic
module Special subjects in paleontology
Modules Elective modules

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the master’s degree, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree (B.Sc.) in a geoscientific university degree with a geoscientific component that corresponds to that of the bachelor's degree in geological sciences at the Free University of Berlin, or an equivalent, relevant university degree.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The master’s degree (MSc) in Geological Sciences usually lasts four semesters. Students can choose between four focus areas: (1) Geodynamics and Geomaterials, (2) Geophysics, (3) Hydrogeology and (4) Paleontology. The main areas of study are in turn divided into compulsory and compulsory elective modules.

The master’s degree includes modules from the “cross-focus curriculum” and the freely selectable “study focus” and comprises a total of 120 credit points (CP). In the interdisciplinary curriculum, modules totaling 24 CP must be completed. In addition to general "geoscientific topics", two modules are to be selected from a field of study that is not a major. The
major in one of the four areas above comprises 66 CP.

With the final master's thesis (30 CP), the students show that they are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) is awarded.

For information on the structure and process of the course, see study regulations and examination regulations. In the regulations, the credit points are given for each module and each event.

 


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