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Program Structure

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

  • modules of a cross-disciplinary curriculum (24 LP)
  • modules of an area of concentration of choice (66 LP) (see below).

The M. Sc. Geological Sciences offers four areas of concentration, only one of which is to be chosen:

1) Geodynamics & Geomaterials

2) Geophysics

3) Hydrogeology

4) Paleontology

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)

  • equal for all M. Sc. students
  • deepens the general geoscientific education beyond personal specialization

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)

  • Consists of compulsory and compulsory optional modules which are to be chosen from the course offer of the four areas of concentration mentioned above.
  • These modules are listed in the respective study plan.

   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).