Society worldwide repeatedly finds itself the victim of destructive natural forces due to extreme natural events. High economic losses, the loss of human life, and the endangerment of social structures are challenges that have to be overcome on a regular basis. Predicting the effects of these forces in terms of their extent, space, time, and intensity and minimizing their consequences is a central, interdisciplinary challenge at a local, national, and global level.

The intensities of extreme exogenous natural events (storms, storm surges, heavy rainfall) are increasing, but endogenous natural events (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions) also regularly occur, causing varying degrees of damage. Complex chains and cascading catastrophes that follow an initial extreme natural event are often of no less intensity (tsunamis, mass movements) and cumulative in their extent.

The interdisciplinary Master's degree program Engineering Geohazards (EGH) connects the natural sciences, engineering, and economics. In four semesters, students are taught a comprehensive geoscientific basis to understand the complex impact of natural hazards and assess their consequences for society.

Programme Structure

In the first year of study, the focus is on understanding processes and fundamentals in the field of geo and engineering sciences. In the second year of study, these learned fundamental skills are then deepened.

Since practice-oriented work is another focus of the Master's program, the regular curriculum includes a research module, which is intended to link contents and provide space for innovative approaches, and an internship, which is either research-based or to be completed in a company/industry. There is also the possibility to carry out a mobility module at one of our partner universities throughout Europe and/or also to attend courses within the geoscientific network of the Aachen/Bonn/Cologne/Jülich research area within the ABC-J module, especially if these courses complement RWTH's offers.

The integrated research module is intended to enable the development of models and critical evaluation, strength and weakness as well as uncertainty assessment of these models. In doing so, learned material is connected and space for innovative approaches provided. In addition, the preparation and evaluation of data related to geo risks and the sensitive and valuable public relations work involved in this topic will be trained.

The degree program is concluded with a synthesis achievement in the form of a major research paper (i.e., master’s thesis) in order to develop and document the autonomy in understanding the complex causal structure of natural hazards and the evaluation of the consequences from different perspectives.

Entry Requirement

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations
  • Proficiency in English

Career Prospects


The interdisciplinary and international skills acquired during this course of study open up a wide range of employment opportunities for students:

  • National and international institutions, e.g. Federal Office for Civil Protection, EU, UNO, ASEAN
  • Globally active development and aid organizations
  • Companies in the insurance and reinsurance industry, construction, environmental consulting, engineering offices
  • Administration
  • Research institutions

International students can transfer their academic knowledge to their home countries and use their skills in a sustainable and responsible way in their academic and political everyday life.

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