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
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).
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.
The program offers lectures, seminars, exercises, internships, excursions and project exercises, which are combined into modules.
• Engineering Geology/Geotechnology
Doing an internship is not required but recommended.
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.
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).
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),
• 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.
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.