Department of Geoscience

Master's course Geosciences (old examination rules)

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Tübingen is one of the largest and most diverse geosciences departments in Germany. The "Geosciences" master's degree course offered since the winter semester 2010/11 is aimed at students who want to supplement and deepen the knowledge they have acquired in a geoscientifically oriented bachelor's degree course. The course of studies in Tübingen is research-oriented; it includes both the classical basic sciences and the applied geodisciplines.


The range of courses is divided into four subject areas, of which students choose one as their specialisation. Alternatively, a combination of English-language modules from all specialisations can be selected in the "International Track":

International Track   (all modules in English)

The Master's programme Applied & Environmental Geoscience (AEG) offers a comprehensive range of courses for prospective students with a geoscientific background who wish to deepen their knowledge of hydrogeology / environmental geosciences.


Research-oriented learning

The Master's programme in Geosciences at the University of Tübingen is strongly research-oriented. This is guaranteed by the modules "Scientific Work 1 & 2", "Scientific Presentation" and the Master's thesis.

The research environment of the geoscientific work groups at the University of Tübingen is characterised by diverse national and international scientific cooperation:

These excellent research activities and contacts enable students to get to know the wealth of geoscientific research ranging from Applied Geology and Mineralogy, Structural Geology, Petrology, Geochemistry, Geophysics to Micro- and Vertebrate Palaeontology and Biogeology.

Study profile

The Master's programme "Geosciences" is aimed at advanced students who wish to supplement and deepen the knowledge they have acquired in a geoscientifically oriented Bachelor's programme. The research-oriented degree programme is intended to enable students to establish contact with top-level research on a national and international level both in the field of classical basic sciences and applied geodisciplines. This includes a critical examination of goals, contents, planning and application, but also the problems of research, as well as a correspondingly high scientific level. In a first step, planning, terrain and laboratory methods are independently developed and applied under guidance in a second step.

The University of Tübingen offers the largest variety of geoscientific subjects in Germany and therefore allows students, like no other location, to get to know the wealth of geoscientific research from applied geology and applied mineralogy to palaeontology, structural geology, petrology geochemistry, geophysics, biogeology, physical geography as well as ancient prehistory and natural scientific archaeology - to name just a few.

Career prospects

In line with the breadth of the Master's programme, the career prospects that result from this are broadly diversified. A permanent intensive cooperation and collaboration of numerous working groups with the industry enables the students to have a successful start in their professional life as valuable contacts can already be made during the studies.

Through the special integrative working methods of the geosciences and the well-founded education in subject-specific contents, core competences and key qualifications, the students are also in the best position to work interdisciplinary. This ability makes them just as attractive for their own specialist questions as for general fields of activity.