This three-semester master’s studies program offers graduates sound theoretical and practical training in geosciences – the study of the earth’s systems – and earns them the degree of an “MSc in Geosciences”. Depending on the specialization module they choose, students can deepen their knowledge and broaden their skills in Atmospheric Sciences, Aquatic and Isotope Biogeochemistry, Geology, Geoecology, Land Use Changes, Physical Geography and Environmental Geosciences. The course explores the interdisciplinary topics of global change, natural catastrophes, sustainability, aquatic ecology and soil ecology. The combination of a single subject area and geosciences electives ensures both a breadth of subject knowledge as well as individual specialization. There is also a strong focus on independent work in the master’s studies.

Graduates acquire problem-solving and methodological competencies (including geosystem modeling and environmental analytics) and further develop their social skills (e.g. teamwork, project management). In writing a master’s thesis, graduates learn how to develop and complete their own research project, and how to present their results in written and verbal forms. At the same time, the master’s thesis offers an insight into basic research and applied environmental research – including the challenges these entail when it comes to planning, completing and implementing the results.