Fachbereich Geowissenschaften

MSc Geowissenschaften / Geosciences

The Master's program in "Geowissenschaften / Geosciences" 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 for the Master's Degree in Tübingen is research-oriented; it includes both basic geoscience subjects as well as applied geodisciplines.


The range of courses is divided into three subject areas, from which students can choose one as their area of specialization:

  • Mineralogy
  • Paleontology
  • Geodynamics and Geophysics

Alternatively, students can complete their studies without specialization.

For prospective students with a geoscientific background and a special interest in hydrogeology / environmental geosciences the Master's program Applied & Environmental Geoscience (AEG) would be the appropriate study program.

Research-Oriented Learning

The Master's program in Geosciences at the University of Tübingen is strongly research-oriented. This is guaranteed by the compulsory modules "Experimental and Analytical Methods in Geo- and Environmental Sciences", "Data Analysis and Modeling Methods in Geo- and Environmental Sciences“ „Scientific Practice", "Scientific Presentation" and the Master's thesis.

The research environment of the geoscientific work groups at the University of Tübingen is characterized 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 program "Geosciences" is aimed at advanced students who wish to supplement and deepen the knowledge they have acquired in a geoscientifically oriented Bachelor's program. The research-oriented degree program 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.

The wide range of job opportunities for graduates include

  • Research opportunities both within universities and beyond
  • Local, regional and federal governments and agencies
  • Steering committees in the public and private sector
  • Climate change policies, environmental protection, soil conservation
  • Exploration for oil, gas and ore deposits
  • Energy industry
  • Raw materials
  • Material sciences for industry and construction
  • Chemical industry and analytics
  • Geoscientific consulting and planning for engineers
  • General consulting agencies
  • Structural and civil engineering, tunneling
  • Collection curation, monument preservation, rescue archeology
  • Journalism and tourism