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Marine Geosciences

Marine Geosciences

Master

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The internationally oriented postgraduate study programme Master of Science "Marine Geosciences" promotes the latest state of marine geosciences and technology. It enables graduates to create and critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate ship and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on current marine and climate issues, which are under investigation by the federal marine research institutions in Bremen and Bremerhaven. The interdisciplinary character of marine geosciences is mir... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Other languages of delivery

English

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

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

30.04.

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.01. resp. 15.07.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The internationally oriented postgraduate study programme Master of Science "Marine Geosciences" promotes the latest state of marine geosciences and technology. It enables graduates to create and critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate ship and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on current marine and climate issues, which are under investigation by the federal marine research institutions in Bremen and Bremerhaven. The interdisciplinary character of marine geosciences is mirrored by a topic-centered course structure. The courses strongly emphasize the understanding and modelling of processes and dynamics in natural systems. The multidisciplinary nature of marine geoscientific research, the application of up-to-date scientific instruments and computer software play an important role in teaching methods and topics.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

With their scientific, technical and vocational skills, graduates are excellently prepared for a variety of jobs:

• Marine geoscientific research at universities, research centers or authorities
• Coastal management (water management, coastal protection, monitoring of sediment movements etc.)
• Exploration and exploitation of resources (oil, gas, ore, building materials) off shore or at sea
• Consulting on coastal or marine engineering projects such as harbour construction or the set up of off-shore wind power farms
• Public relation management for companies and institutions
• Science writing, museums
• Science management at (inter)national level

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 advanced geoscientific courses in six core subjects are offered. Students can develop an individual profile choosing three out of the following subjects:
• Climate change
• Marine environmental archives
• Biogeochemical processes
• Marine resources and geotechnology
• Sedimentary structures and processes
• Physics and petrology of the ocean crust
A master conference self-organized by students on topics relevant to society and an advanced field and/or lab training are mandatory during the first year.
In the third semester, a two months field, media or external project is carried out, followed by a seminar on the conception and publication of research work. 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=596&langid=EN).

Course schedule

Compulsory, elective and optional

In the first year, the program comprises two compulsory modules (Master's conference, Marine Field and Lab Practice) and six compulsory elective modules (from three marine-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

• Climate change
• Marine environmental archives
• Biogeochemical processes
• Marine resources and geotechnology
• Sedimentary structures and processes
• Physics and petrology of the ocean crust

Practical

Doing an internship is not required but recommended.

Foreign language skills

English according to level C1 of the European Reference Framework. Proof doesn't no longer apply if a first qualifying higher education qualification or a school leaving certificate obtained in English is proven.

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 its marine geoscientific orientation, the course of study is closely linked to the cooperating research institutes. The English-taught and internationally oriented program recruits students from all over the world.


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

Applicants should have explicit interest in marine geosciences and a very good command of the English language. Independence and team work ability, thorough practice of information technologies as well as intercultural competence complete your profile.

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

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.01. for summer semester
  • 15.07. for winter semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

SoSe and WiSe

Particularities admission

<h2>Requirements</h2>

  • Bachelor of Science (180 ECTS CP) in a geoscientific major
  • at least 30 ECTS CP in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology
  • at least 60 ECTS CP in Geosciences
  • very good command of English (level C1)

Entry to the program is restricted up to 50 places.

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Other languages of delivery

  • English

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

17 Professors (m)

4 Professors (f)

18 associated Professorships and assistant Lecturers

49 scientific Assistants and Reseachers

16 Contract-Teachers

Students

44 female and 95 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

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

01.11.2019
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

The internationally oriented postgraduate study programme Master of Science "Marine Geosciences" promotes the latest state of marine geosciences and technology. It enables graduates to create and critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate ship and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Emphasis is placed on current marine and climate issues, which are under investigation by the federal marine research institutions in Bremen and Bremerhaven. The interdisciplinary character of marine geosciences is mirrored by a topic-centered course structure. The courses strongly emphasize the understanding and modelling of processes and dynamics in natural systems. The multidisciplinary nature of marine geoscientific research, the application of up-to-date scientific instruments and computer software play an important role in teaching methods and topics.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

With their scientific, technical and vocational skills, graduates are excellently prepared for a variety of jobs:

• Marine geoscientific research at universities, research centers or authorities
• Coastal management (water management, coastal protection, monitoring of sediment movements etc.)
• Exploration and exploitation of resources (oil, gas, ore, building materials) off shore or at sea
• Consulting on coastal or marine engineering projects such as harbour construction or the set up of off-shore wind power farms
• Public relation management for companies and institutions
• Science writing, museums
• Science management at (inter)national level

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 advanced geoscientific courses in six core subjects are offered. Students can develop an individual profile choosing three out of the following subjects:
• Climate change
• Marine environmental archives
• Biogeochemical processes
• Marine resources and geotechnology
• Sedimentary structures and processes
• Physics and petrology of the ocean crust
A master conference self-organized by students on topics relevant to society and an advanced field and/or lab training are mandatory during the first year.
In the third semester, a two months field, media or external project is carried out, followed by a seminar on the conception and publication of research work. 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=596&langid=EN).

Course schedule

Compulsory, elective and optional

In the first year, the program comprises two compulsory modules (Master's conference, Marine Field and Lab Practice) and six compulsory elective modules (from three marine-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

• Climate change
• Marine environmental archives
• Biogeochemical processes
• Marine resources and geotechnology
• Sedimentary structures and processes
• Physics and petrology of the ocean crust

Practical

Doing an internship is not required but recommended.

Foreign language skills

English according to level C1 of the European Reference Framework. Proof doesn't no longer apply if a first qualifying higher education qualification or a school leaving certificate obtained in English is proven.

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 its marine geoscientific orientation, the course of study is closely linked to the cooperating research institutes. The English-taught and internationally oriented program recruits students from all over the world.


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

Applicants should have explicit interest in marine geosciences and a very good command of the English language. Independence and team work ability, thorough practice of information technologies as well as intercultural competence complete your profile.

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

A limited number of university places. Further information regarding the specific enrolment procedure in the German "Zulassungs-/Aufnahmeordnung".


for advanced students

admittance limited


Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 30.04. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.01. for summer semester
  • 15.07. for winter semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

SoSe and WiSe

Particularities admission

<h2>Requirements</h2>

  • Bachelor of Science (180 ECTS CP) in a geoscientific major
  • at least 30 ECTS CP in Maths, Physics, Chemistry and/or Biology
  • at least 60 ECTS CP in Geosciences
  • very good command of English (level C1)

Entry to the program is restricted up to 50 places.

Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

postgraduate studies

Studies as

sole subject

Degree/qualification

Master

Title on graduation

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
120CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

English

Other languages of delivery

  • English

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

17 Professors (m)

4 Professors (f)

18 associated Professorships and assistant Lecturers

49 scientific Assistants and Reseachers

16 Contract-Teachers

Students

44 female and 95 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

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

01.11.2019