Applied Geosciences M.Sc.

Key Info

Basic Information

Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester (recommended), Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

German or English

Admission Requirements

  • 1st university degree, required qualifications according to P.O. Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in German or English --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. Exam regulations.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Language Requirements

  • See Course of Study Description

Dates and Deadlines

The geosciences make an important contribution to the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources which include rocks, minerals and ores, oil and natural gas, water and geothermal energy. They are also involved in using underground areas as subsoil and excavation volume. The geosciences include:

  • the exploration and extraction of fossil and renewable energy sources such as oil, natural gas, coal and geothermal energy in the deep underground
  • research into the development und structure of mineral deposits
  • research into the structure and characteristics of minerals for the manufacturing of new minerals
  • research into the interaction between subsoil and construction
  • prediction of landslides and rock deformation, e.g. when building major tunnels and dams
  • exploitation and sustainable use of groundwater
  • analysis of geodynamic processes which lead to strong earthquakes, among others
  • determining rock deformation as a result of massive forces in the interior of the earth.

Moreover, they contribute their knowledge about short and long-term changes in the protection of our nature and a sustainable approach to the Earth’s raw materials. Maintaining groundwater reserves, ensuring human living space and restoring natural balances are becoming even more important fields in the geosciences.

The solution to the geoscientific tasks requires quantified methods and the preparation of models for forward looking predictions, for example, of groundwater, earthquake risks and material deformations. The applied geosciences are thus a quantitative natural science that overlaps in many places with the engineering sciences.

Aspects of the Aachen Program

The geosciences program in Aachen offers a unique combination of engineering geology and hydrogeology with geophysics as the concentration. Furthermore, Aachen is a leading institution for the study of deposits with regard to energy raw materials and mineral raw materials. The third concentration is geomaterials and relates to promising and applied tasks in mineralogy and crystallography. The specific academic profile offered in Aachen provides graduates with excellent training that enables them to meet professional requirements.

How the Geosciences Differ from Related Programs

The program has taken basic physics, mathematics and chemistry to build a geosciences program with a natural science focus. Compared to the programs “Georesource Management“ and “Applied Geography”, the Applied Geosciences program conveys in-depth knowledge about the construction, dynamics and the chemistry of the Earth and about chemistry, physics and mathematical methods to solve complex, geoscientific tasks.

Degree Content

The training of the students is geared in such a way so students acquire skills and abilities in applying the understanding of the geosciences system for future societal tasks, building on a strong basis which includes knowledge in chemistry, mathematics and physics. Through its compulsory modules the program blends various disciplines in geology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy and crystallography. Electives facilitate the further professional specialization in one of the geoscience branches.

In the Master’s program the three disciplines in the geosciences Bachelor’s program are dealt with more intensely:

Specializations Concentrations
"Geophysics-Hydrogeology-Engineering Geology" Groundwater modeling, quantitative engineer geology, geothermics, hydrogeophysics and petrophysics, environmental geotechnics and geophysical exploration
"Energy and Mineral Resources" Basin modeling, carbonate sedimentology, diagenesis, geomechanics, geochemistry, mineral deposits, petrology, petrophysics, seismic interpretation and sequence stratigraphy
"Geomaterials" Crystallography, interface mineralogy and materials sciences


The prerequisite for admission to the program is an initial university degree. The required academic background is described in the exam regulations. The determination on whether or not the admissions requirements are met is made by the examination board.

Language Skills

  • Proof of sufficient English knowledge for the specializations geomaterials or energy and mineral resources (English, completed B2 Level of the Common European Framework for Languages) – no knowledge of German required (but strongly recommended)
  • Proof of sufficient knowledge of German for the specializations geophysics - hydrogeology – engineering geology (English knowledge for individual classes required, but does not have to be proven)

Career Prospects

There are numerous career fields, and based on the fact that the program is application-oriented and aligned quantitatively the career opportunities are good. The Applied Geosciences are involved in the following branches at home and abroad:

  • Industry of raw material extraction and processing (oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal energy, ores, precious metals, construction materials and much more)
  • Environmental protection
  • Civil engineering and building construction, especially tunnel construction, dam construction and foundation measures of large buildings
  • Landfill technology
  • New materials (refractories, smart materials, ceramics, glass, etc.)
  • Crystal growing
  • Development and protection of groundwater resources
  • Software branch
  • Development, manufacturing and distribution of analytical devices
  • Government offices, state authorities and municipal institutions
  • Research institutions and universities
  • Museums

Examination Regulations

Regulations that apply for all Bachelor and Master courses of study as well as detailed information about the necessary documentation of required language skills can be found in RWTH’s Comprehensive Examination Regulation. Examination regulations are only published in German as they are legally binding.

Subject Specific Exam Regulations regulate academic goals, the course of study layout, and exam procedures. The appendix to the regulations contains the description of the modules, from which the course of study is composed.

Departments and Faculties

The Maters's course of study Applied Geosciences is offered by the Division of Earth Sciences and Geography in the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering.