The master's program "Geological Sciences", which is hosted by the Institute of Geological Sciences and has a prescribed period of study of 4 semesters, will award the degree Master of Science (M. Sc.) to the student, if completed successfully. The languages of instruction are German or English.
Links to further information you find here:
Letter of motivation for the area of concentration "Geodynamics and Geomaterials"
The following information pertains to the Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 (effective from the study period starting with the winter semester 2012/13).
The master's program's goal is to enable students to autonomous activity in geoscientific research and development. This qualification shall be attained both by successful attendance of courses of the geociences and by supervised research. To gain a broad scientific qualification as a basis for in-depth studies in a research- and implementation-orientated area, compulsory and compulsory optional modules are offered which are to enhance the understanding of modern experimental and theoretical developments in the geological sciences or are to introduce the student to those areas of the geological sciences which were not taught during undergraduate studies.
At the program's outset one of four focal areas is to be chosen. Its courses convey basic and advanced knowledge and skills of the particular area. Additionally, interdisciplinary geoscientific contents of teaching are offered as a part of the geoscientific core-curriculum's course offerings.
Through the compulsory M. Sc. thesis students are able to gain expertise in the autonomous and supervised execution of a research project.
The master's program encompasses a total of 120 credit points (abbr. LP) and subdivides into modules which as a rule comprise several interconnected forms of teaching and learning.
Modules of a total of 90 LP are to be completed successfully, comprising
The M. Sc. Geological Sciences offers four areas of concentration, only one of which is to be chosen:
1) Geodynamics & Geomaterials
Each of these areas of concentration subdivides into the following two areas of study and the master's thesis:
1. Area of study: „Comprehensive Core Curriculum“ (24 LP)
a) Compulsory module „Geowissenschaftliche Themen“ (12 LP) of two semesters duration: Students attend the institute's colloquium and work group seminars.
b) Two modules of 6 LP each from one of the four areas of concentration (see above) which is not identical to the chosen area of concentration.
Eligible modules of the areas of concentration are listed under § 6 section 2 no. 2 of the
current Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 here.
2. Area of study: „Concentration“ (66 LP)
Eligible modules are listed under §§ 7 - 10 of the current
Study and Examination Regulations of 2012 here.
3. Master's thesis (30 LP)
Students write their master's thesis in the fourth and final semester. It can be written either in German or in English. It is to be defended orally. If scientific supervision is provided for, the master's thesis can be written in an apt cooperation or in a scientific research facility outside Free University Berlin. The duration for the thesis' composition is 21 weeks.
Study and examination regulations, study plans
Contents and qualificational goals of individual modules are regulated in the study and examination regulations.
The master's program's structure is illustrated additionally by the exemplary study plans.
Both are to be found here (in German only).
For the first semester only: 15th of April until 31st of May (for the winter term)
For higher semesters only: 1st of July until 15th of August (for the winter term) and
1st of January until 15th of February (for the summer term)
Here adresses and information across the topic of matriculation are to be found.
(Applications are to be made centrally, not via the DES).
Further information and access to the admission process are to be found in the articles of admission (in German only).
Fees to be paid during the course of study you find under matriculation fees.
General information and adresses regarding your application you find here.
For all study programs of the Geological Sciences (including areas of concentration) departmental academic advising is offered by lecturers. Additionally academic advising and support from students for students (mainly for beginners) ist offered by the mentors.
Contact to lecturers and mentors here.
The overall concept of the geological sciences at Free University Berlin is an education as comprehensive as possible combined with exemplary fundamental research in all areas of the geological sciences. Since this goal cannot be attained solely by the geological sciences' own faculty, the institute has networked with a multitude of other geoscientific institutions in the metropolitan area of Berlin and Brandenburg forming relationships of various kinds in teaching (joint courses, reciprocal supervision of master's theses etc.) and research (e.g. combined research proposals).
Research in the individual work groups emphasizes diverse focal points:
Graduates of the Master's program are qualified to pursue either a professional career or a doctoral program. Possible fields of occupation are to be found in the areas of geological surveying and land use, raw material supply and planning, energy supply via exploration and production, water supply, landfill planning and security, legacy of pollution, environmental protection and risk evaluation, technical mineralogy and material science. Graduates are qualified to work in the public sector, especially in higher education, research institutions and subject-related federal and state offices. Many employment opportunities are also offered by international research institutions and organisations