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Applied + Environmental Geoscience AEG - Master

Key data on study program


Academic Degree

Restricted admission
Yes, in first semester

Regular duration of studies
4 semester

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Application deadline
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Program start
Winter semester

Language of instruction

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Requirements and application

Each winter semester, 40 study places will be awarded in an internal university selection procedure.
In the selection procedure, the overall grade of the Bachelor's degree is taken into account, as well as the personal motivation for the study program and relevant additional qualifications (e.g. study-related internships or professional training, voluntary services, etc.).

To apply for the AEG program please follow the online application procedure on the University's website.

For information on application prerequisites see the AEG web page.

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Geosciences, Geoecology, Geophysics, Mineralogy, Physical Geography, Soil Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Sciences, Civil Engineering or a field related to environmental sciences with an overall grade (CGPA) equivalent to or better than 2,5 German grading system
  • good background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics
  • English language proficiency equivalent to CEFR level B2 (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)

Since the degree is completely taught in English, you will need very good written and spoken English knowledge.

Program details

For detailed information see the AEG website

"Applied & Environmental Geoscience" (AEG) is an international research-oriented study program focusing on the evaluation and solution of environmental problems. Special emphasis is placed on problems in the subsurface such as the pollution of drinking water supplies, the non-sustainable use of natural resources, and the impact of climate and land-use change on soil and water quality.
Finding solutions to such issues requires a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms under natural conditions. AEG offers an approach to these mechanisms based on an in-depth knowledge of the classical natural sciences combined with the utilisation of modern technology. The study programme covers the essential fields of physical and contaminant hydrogeology, environmental modelling, and environmental and aquatic chemistry.

Three areas of specialisation allow an individual study focus on the following:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Physics and Environmental Modelling

Further information on the modules

AEG in Tübingen stands for:

  • one of the largest and most diverse institutes for geo- and environmental sciences in Germany with more than 30 professorships, and thus one of the few locations where geoscientific teaching and research is represented in a wide spectrum
  • a modern, interdisciplinary curriculum in an international environment, and working groups with many contacts to universities abroad
  • research facilities including extensive laboratory facilities with state-of-the-art experimental and analytical equipment as well as modern field investigation and monitoring equipment

AEG is a 2-year program, beginning in the winter semester of each year. It consists of a suite of 6 compulsory modules (36 credits), 9 elective modules (54 credits) and a Master thesis (30 credits).
The first semester with the compulsory modules "Hydrogeology", "Aquatic and Environmental Chemistry" and "Environmental Modeling 1" introduces students to the necessary theoretical and quantitative aspects of environmental and applied geosciences. The following semesters allow students an individual focus of studies. By choosing the appropriate modules students can specialize in

  • Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Physics and Environmental Modeling

In the compulsory modules "Scientific Practise 1+2" and "Scientific Presentation" students gain additional practical interdisciplinary skills, and benefit from close interaction with staff and research groups as well as an early start of the master thesis in the 3rd semester.

Information about the ERASMUS exchange program in Geoscience

Optional time abroad
You may choose to spend some time abroad as part of any study program. You should start planning it 12 to 18 months before your departure. 
Here you will find general information and advice on studying abroad. In addition, some departments have their own subject-specific services providing information on studying abroad.

After your studies

Focused on quantitative and multidisciplinary approaches the AEG program offers graduates a wide platform for an academic career as well as excellent job perspectives in the private sector. Main fields of employment are:

  • Further academic research career
  • Environmental Consultant in areas such as Brown field redevelopment, Characterization of sites (hydrogeology, geophysics, chemical and microbiological analysis), Land Recycling/Land Development, Project development, Environmental risk assessment, Modeling of flow and reactive transport in subsurface systems, Environmental analytics
  • Environmental Protection Agencies

Advice and internships
The University’s Career Service assists with careers orientation and getting started in your profession. Jobs and internships can be found in the Praxisportal.

Graduates of the Master program have the opportunity to continue with a PhD. For further information see the website Faculty of Science - Doctoral Studies.

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