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Master's Degree Programme Geosciences

The master’s programme in Geosciences provides education to expert level in subject areas of geosciences covering aspects of geology, environmental and materials science and geotechnics. The programme is practically oriented and offers excellent opportunities to do field and laboratory work as well as many options for individual specialisation.

Graduates of the programme are in demand nationally and internationally – in research institutions, industry, engineering firms, mining, public administration and museums.


  • You will acquire advanced knowledge in geology, palaeontology and stratigraphy, petrology and geochemistry, mineralogy and hydrogeochemistry, hydrogeology and engineering geology.
  • You will learn methods for work and analysis in the subject areas of the geosciences.
  • You will apply your knowledge in practical field and laboratory work, courses, seminars and excursions.
  • You will autonomously develop concepts for investigation of geogenic systems and resources.
  • You will solve questions in materials and environmental science.
  • You will plan scientific projects and will carry them out by yourself and in a team.
  • You will learn to recognise natural hazards and environmental risks and to characterise them quantitatively.
  • You will study the ethical, societal and economic aspects of geosciences.
  • You will learn to apply your knowledge universally and in an interdisciplinary setting and to use modern information technologies.
  • You will choose individual topics to focus on and will study subject areas of your own choosing at an advanced level.

Additionally, stays abroad and relevant professional experience are recommended and can be given credit within the programme.

Specialisation Areas

Students can study areas of interest in more detail by choosing courses individually in the following subject areas:

  • Geology
  • Paleontology and Stratigraphy
  • Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry
  • Hydrogeology
  • Engineering Geology

Up to two of these specialisation areas can be mentioned as specialisations in the master’s degree certificate.

  • Duration of study: 4 semesters
  • ECTS credit points: 120
  • Academic degree: Master of Science (MSc)
  • Language of instruction: English


Semester plan

Dietmar Klammer, Dean of Studies "Earth Sciences" at TU Graz. Source: Baustädter – TU Graz
Dietmar Klammer, Dean of Studies

The master's programme is structured in a very flexible way and gives students the opportunity to specialise individually within the subject of geosciences. It offers an optimal combination of theoretical principles and practical applications and gives graduates a perfect basis for professional work in either basic or applied fields.

Admission Requirements

According to the curriculum, graduates of the following bachelor’s programmes offered at TU Graz and University of Graz will be accepted without an admission procedure:

Graduates of all other degree programmes offered at the TU Graz or, in the case of a NAWI Graz programme, the University of Graz, also do not have to undergo the admission procedure. You can apply for admission at the Registration Office.

All other programme applicants must undergo the admission procedure.

Registration period for the academic year 2020/21: 15 October to 15 December 2019

Registration and admission procedure

Regulations for the admission procedure

Career Options

The master's programme in Geosciences prepares students for a scientific career in all subject areas of the geosciences. Additionally, the programme constitutes professional training for work in the following fields:

  • Geosciences and environmental sciences
  • Resources – water and mineral raw materials
  • Environmental analytics, management and protection
  • Mining and processing of minerals
  • Chemical industry
  • Materials industry
  • Water and energy
  • Geotechnics
  • Environmental remediation and recycling
  • Construction and construction materials industry

Graduates of the programme work nationally and internationally in basic and applied research in university and non-university institutions, in industry, mining, engineering firms, museums and public administration.

Stefanie Eichinger
Stefanie Eichinger, graduate; university assistant at TU Graz

I chose this study programme because of my enthusiasm for nature and the geological diversity that exists on our planet. At school, questions such as how the Alps had evolved or why rocks have different colours, strengths and structures intrigued me immensely. What I think is special about studying geosciences is that you not only learn about the development of the earth and all related processes from the beginning until today, but you acquire enormous general knowledge as well.

However, this wide range of topics is not just taught in the lecture hall, but also practised directly on numerous excursions and hikes to help you apply theoretical processes to real nature.

Source: TU Graz/IAG

Admission Deadlines

Summer semester 2020:

7 January to 30 April 2020

Winter semester 2020/21:

13 July to 30 November 2020

Please note: You may need to complete an admission procedure before you can register for the programme.

Further informationen on admission

International degree programme applicants: admission and application deadlines

Information and Advice for Prospective Students

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