Study Goals

The master’s degree course “Earth Sciences” teaches students subject-related skills, by using findings from geosciences, ecology and other natural sciences to convey fundamental knowledge and practice-related competencies.

The course aims to train students to master the contents and methods of the subject area and to be able to cope with the geoscientific, ecological and economic tasks within the framework of international conventions and with regard to increasing globalisation.

In order to be able to achieve these goals, students gain

  • in-depth scientific knowledge into the field of the focal point they chose,
  • skills for applying the content they have learned,
  • competence in combining ground-based practice with analytical laboratory methods,
  • awareness for process sequences across geological periods,
  • skills for developing strategies for sustainable use of natural regions,
  • the ability to carry out individual scientific work and communicate the results found.

The combination of various core and supplementary modules allows the student to specialise in one of the named fields. The subject spectrum that extends beyond the boundaries of geosciences, also provides the student with the possibility of adapting his/her profile to fit the changing international job market. Promoting the mobility of the students (e.g. semester abroad) is an important part of the degree course. The master’s degree course should encourage students to think conceptually and work scientifically, nurture the ability to critically judge scientific findings and lead to responsible actions.