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The postgraduate study programme Master of Science "Geowissenschaften" (Geosciences) promotes state-of-the-art geoscientific knowledge, methodology and complementary skills. It enables graduates to critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate field and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on land-based investigations and specialized techniques opening professional careers in a wealth of current application fields. Specialization is possible in both more applied and more research-or... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

for winter semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

31.05.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

without restriction

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

31.05. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The postgraduate study programme Master of Science "Geowissenschaften" (Geosciences) promotes state-of-the-art geoscientific knowledge, methodology and complementary skills. It enables graduates to critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate field and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on land-based investigations and specialized techniques opening professional careers in a wealth of current application fields. Specialization is possible in both more applied and more research-oriented disciplines.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

With your geoscientific expertise you are well prepared for various career opportunities as in
• Consulting and management of geoengineering projects
• Water resource management, environmental protection
• Waste management, ground decontamination
• Exploration for oil, gas, mineral deposits and building materials
• Careers in natural science museums, public relation management, science journalism and discovery tourism
• Functions in research, education and administration

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

Within the first year a wide spread of advanced geoscientific courses is offered. Students can develop an individual profile by choosing three out of the following seven geoscientific core subjects:
• Engineering Geology/Geotechnology
• Geophysics
• Glaciology
• Hydrogeology
• Paleontology/Geobiology
• Petrology
• Sedimentology
A master conference self-organized by students on topics relevant to society and an advanced field training are mandatory during the first year.
In the third semester, a two-month field, media or external project is carried out, followed by a seminar on the conception and publication of research projects. The fourth semester is dedicated to individual Master thesis work. A final colloquium presentation of the thesis project completes the course.

Detailed description of the courses and modules is provided on the program's website (http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=84&langid=EN).

Course schedule

Compulsory, elective and optional

In the first year, the program comprises 2 compulsory (master's conference, analysis of geological processes in the field) and six compulsory modules (from three geoscientific core subjects), which provide specific occupational skills within the framework of an individual profile formation. The third semester includes a self-created two-month study project in geosciences (field-work, placement, media or international project) as well as the compulsory module "Research seminar", in which key qualifications of scientific work are taught. The master thesis covers the fourth semester.

Typical course types

The program offers lectures, seminars, exercises, internships, excursions and project exercises, which are combined into modules.

Major fields

• Engineering Geology/Geotechnology
• Geophysics
• Glaciology
• Hydrogeology
• Paleontology/Geobiology
• Petrology
• Sedimentology

Practical

Doing an internship is not required but recommended.

Foreign language skills

German on level C1 and English according to level B1 of the European Reference Framework for Languages. The language proof doesn't no longer apply if a first job-qualifying qualification or a school leaving certificate obtained in one of both languages is proven. English language skills of at least seven years at school up to the secondary school degree are also accepted.

Study abroad

Students can spend one or two semesters abroad, obtained credits will be recognized provided this is agreed to beforehand.

Students may choose to organize stays abroad themselves anywhere in the world. Exchange agreements have been set up with four universities overseas.

Going out in the frame of Erasmus is possible with 12 partner universities in eight nations (details on http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=555).

Exams forms

Examinations are scheduled during the course of studies and can take place in the following forms:
• written examination (approx. 60 to 180 minutes)
• several shortcuts (approx. 10 to 45 minutes)
• oral examination (approx. 20 to 45 minutes),

• written paper with presentation (about 20 to 45 minutes),
• exercises,
• homework,
• project work and report ,
• excursion report,
• mapping report.
The program is finished with a 22-week master's thesis and an oral colloquium of about 40 - 50 minutes.

Particularities

In the classical and applied field of geosciences the department of geosciences and its study programs are broadly structured: geochemistry, geophysics, geotechnics, hydrogeology, isotope geochemistry, crystallization and structural geology, marine geology / oceanography, mineralogy and materials science, modeling of geodynamic systems, paleontology, petrology and sedimentology. Bremen offers students a wide range of courses and research opportunities.

The University of Bremen has an international reputation for researching the seas and sea floors. The focus is on the dynamics and the material budget of the oceans and the reconstruction of past climatic conditions. The research center MARUM and the research centers of the state of Bremen, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, and the Senckenberg by the Sea in Wilhelmshaven, are equipped with high quality and up-to-date information of the geoscientific teaching in the Bremen courses.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

• B.Sc. or equivalent degree in Geosciences with a final grade of at least 2,5 and a minimum of 30 CPs in maths, physics, chemistry and /or biology, 60 CPs in geosciences and a field mapping project in geology
• Explicit interest in geoscientific issues
• Solid understanding of geoscientific basics
• Motivation, independence and team work ability
• Thorough practice of information technologies
• Willingness to participate in partly strenuous field work

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

without restriction


for advanced students

without restriction


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 31.05. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 31.05. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

Particularities admission

<h2>Requirements</h2>

  • Bachelor of Science (180 ECTS CP) in a geoscientific major with a final grade of 2,5 or better (after the grading system of the University of Bremen)
  • at least 30 ECTS CP in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology
  • at least 60 ECTS CP in Geosciences
  • a geological field-mapping course
  • very good command of German (level C1)
  • good command of English (level B1)

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Coastal Dynamics

Chrystallography

General Geology/Marine Geology

Geochemistry and Hydrogeology

Geochronology/Basin Analyses

Geodynamic of Polar Regions

Geophysics/Geodynamics

Geosystem-Modeling

Geotechnics

Historical Geology/Paleontology

Isotope Geochemistry

Marine Engineering Geology

Marine Geophysics

Marine Sedimentology

Marine Technology/Environmental Research

Marine Technology/Sensors

Micropaleontology/Paleoceanography

Mineralogy

Modeling of Sedimentation processes

Organic Geochemistry

Paleoceanography

Petrology of the Ocean Crust

Research Professorship - Marine Geology

Sedimentgeochemistry

Sedimentology/Paleoceanography

Teachers

14 Professors (m)

4 Professors (f)

22 associated Professorships and 8 assistant Lecturers

49 scientific Assistants and Reseachers

16 Contract-Teachers

Students

34 female and 46 male students

Collaborations

• Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polare and Marine Research

• MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Science

• Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology

• "Senckenberg am Meer", Marine Research Department

• Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Student advocacy

StugA Geowissenschaften
Building: GEO, Office: 1340
E-Mail: stuga(at)geo.uni-bremen.de

Departmental counseling

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004
Dr. Barbara Ventura
Building: GEO
E-Mail: bventura(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65005
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Spiegel-Behnke
Building: GEO
E-Mail: cornelia.spiegel(at)uni-bremen.de

Studies centre

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004
Dr. Barbara Ventura
Building: GEO
E-Mail: bventura(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65005

Practice office

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004

Faculty secretariat

Susanne Steinfeld
Building: GEO
E-Mail: steinfeld(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65012

Department secretariat

Kirsten Feldmann
Building: GEO
E-Mail: kfeldman(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 421 218 - 65011

Examination’s Board secretariat

Susanne Steinfeld
Building: GEO
E-Mail: steinfeld(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65012

Status

08.06.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The postgraduate study programme Master of Science "Geowissenschaften" (Geosciences) promotes state-of-the-art geoscientific knowledge, methodology and complementary skills. It enables graduates to critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate field and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on land-based investigations and specialized techniques opening professional careers in a wealth of current application fields. Specialization is possible in both more applied and more research-oriented disciplines.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

With your geoscientific expertise you are well prepared for various career opportunities as in
• Consulting and management of geoengineering projects
• Water resource management, environmental protection
• Waste management, ground decontamination
• Exploration for oil, gas, mineral deposits and building materials
• Careers in natural science museums, public relation management, science journalism and discovery tourism
• Functions in research, education and administration

Teacher training (Lehramt)

No courses available for students training to be teachers at state-run schools

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admission to doctoral studies.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

Within the first year a wide spread of advanced geoscientific courses is offered. Students can develop an individual profile by choosing three out of the following seven geoscientific core subjects:
• Engineering Geology/Geotechnology
• Geophysics
• Glaciology
• Hydrogeology
• Paleontology/Geobiology
• Petrology
• Sedimentology
A master conference self-organized by students on topics relevant to society and an advanced field training are mandatory during the first year.
In the third semester, a two-month field, media or external project is carried out, followed by a seminar on the conception and publication of research projects. The fourth semester is dedicated to individual Master thesis work. A final colloquium presentation of the thesis project completes the course.

Detailed description of the courses and modules is provided on the program's website (http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=84&langid=EN).

Course schedule

Compulsory, elective and optional

In the first year, the program comprises 2 compulsory (master's conference, analysis of geological processes in the field) and six compulsory modules (from three geoscientific core subjects), which provide specific occupational skills within the framework of an individual profile formation. The third semester includes a self-created two-month study project in geosciences (field-work, placement, media or international project) as well as the compulsory module "Research seminar", in which key qualifications of scientific work are taught. The master thesis covers the fourth semester.

Typical course types

The program offers lectures, seminars, exercises, internships, excursions and project exercises, which are combined into modules.

Major fields

• Engineering Geology/Geotechnology
• Geophysics
• Glaciology
• Hydrogeology
• Paleontology/Geobiology
• Petrology
• Sedimentology

Practical

Doing an internship is not required but recommended.

Foreign language skills

German on level C1 and English according to level B1 of the European Reference Framework for Languages. The language proof doesn't no longer apply if a first job-qualifying qualification or a school leaving certificate obtained in one of both languages is proven. English language skills of at least seven years at school up to the secondary school degree are also accepted.

Study abroad

Students can spend one or two semesters abroad, obtained credits will be recognized provided this is agreed to beforehand.

Students may choose to organize stays abroad themselves anywhere in the world. Exchange agreements have been set up with four universities overseas.

Going out in the frame of Erasmus is possible with 12 partner universities in eight nations (details on http://www.geo.uni-bremen.de/page.php?pageid=555).

Exams forms

Examinations are scheduled during the course of studies and can take place in the following forms:
• written examination (approx. 60 to 180 minutes)
• several shortcuts (approx. 10 to 45 minutes)
• oral examination (approx. 20 to 45 minutes),

• written paper with presentation (about 20 to 45 minutes),
• exercises,
• homework,
• project work and report ,
• excursion report,
• mapping report.
The program is finished with a 22-week master's thesis and an oral colloquium of about 40 - 50 minutes.

Particularities

In the classical and applied field of geosciences the department of geosciences and its study programs are broadly structured: geochemistry, geophysics, geotechnics, hydrogeology, isotope geochemistry, crystallization and structural geology, marine geology / oceanography, mineralogy and materials science, modeling of geodynamic systems, paleontology, petrology and sedimentology. Bremen offers students a wide range of courses and research opportunities.

The University of Bremen has an international reputation for researching the seas and sea floors. The focus is on the dynamics and the material budget of the oceans and the reconstruction of past climatic conditions. The research center MARUM and the research centers of the state of Bremen, the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, and the Senckenberg by the Sea in Wilhelmshaven, are equipped with high quality and up-to-date information of the geoscientific teaching in the Bremen courses.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

• B.Sc. or equivalent degree in Geosciences with a final grade of at least 2,5 and a minimum of 30 CPs in maths, physics, chemistry and /or biology, 60 CPs in geosciences and a field mapping project in geology
• Explicit interest in geoscientific issues
• Solid understanding of geoscientific basics
• Motivation, independence and team work ability
• Thorough practice of information technologies
• Willingness to participate in partly strenuous field work

Admission requirements

For inclusion in a master's degree is the completion of studies at the Bachelor's level requirement.
The subject-specific entry requirements are set out in the current Aufnahme-/Zulassungsordnung (admission regulations).
It also includes the different deadlines for the provision of evidence.

Admission regulations

Admission

for new students

without restriction


for advanced students

without restriction


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 31.05. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 31.05. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

Particularities admission

<h2>Requirements</h2>

  • Bachelor of Science (180 ECTS CP) in a geoscientific major with a final grade of 2,5 or better (after the grading system of the University of Bremen)
  • at least 30 ECTS CP in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology
  • at least 60 ECTS CP in Geosciences
  • a geological field-mapping course
  • very good command of German (level C1)
  • good command of English (level B1)
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard course length

4 Semester

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Federal law on support in education

4 Semester

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Admission regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Coastal Dynamics

Chrystallography

General Geology/Marine Geology

Geochemistry and Hydrogeology

Geochronology/Basin Analyses

Geodynamic of Polar Regions

Geophysics/Geodynamics

Geosystem-Modeling

Geotechnics

Historical Geology/Paleontology

Isotope Geochemistry

Marine Engineering Geology

Marine Geophysics

Marine Sedimentology

Marine Technology/Environmental Research

Marine Technology/Sensors

Micropaleontology/Paleoceanography

Mineralogy

Modeling of Sedimentation processes

Organic Geochemistry

Paleoceanography

Petrology of the Ocean Crust

Research Professorship - Marine Geology

Sedimentgeochemistry

Sedimentology/Paleoceanography

Teachers

14 Professors (m)

4 Professors (f)

22 associated Professorships and 8 assistant Lecturers

49 scientific Assistants and Reseachers

16 Contract-Teachers

Students

34 female and 46 male students

Collaborations

• Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polare and Marine Research

• MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Science

• Max-Planck-Institute for Marine Microbiology

• "Senckenberg am Meer", Marine Research Department

• Leibniz-Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Student advocacy

StugA Geowissenschaften
Building: GEO, Office: 1340
E-Mail: stuga(at)geo.uni-bremen.de

Departmental counseling

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004
Dr. Barbara Ventura
Building: GEO
E-Mail: bventura(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65005
Prof. Dr. Cornelia Spiegel-Behnke
Building: GEO
E-Mail: cornelia.spiegel(at)uni-bremen.de

Studies centre

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004
Dr. Barbara Ventura
Building: GEO
E-Mail: bventura(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65005

Practice office

Dr. Ulrike Wolf-Brozio
Building: GEO
E-Mail: wolfbroz(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-65004

Faculty secretariat

Susanne Steinfeld
Building: GEO
E-Mail: steinfeld(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65012

Department secretariat

Kirsten Feldmann
Building: GEO
E-Mail: kfeldman(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 421 218 - 65011

Examination’s Board secretariat

Susanne Steinfeld
Building: GEO
E-Mail: steinfeld(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: +49 (0)421 218 65012

Status

08.06.2020