Geosciences (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:



Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester


winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

open admission


You find information on the application procedure for international students here.


Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Geography (B.Sc.)


Institute of Geoscience - Mainz


Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutics and Geo Sciences

Subject Matter

The consecutive Master's program in Geosciences follows on from an initial academic qualification for work in the professional field (= Bachelor of Science in Geosciences) towards a second such degree, i.e. the Master of Science in Geosciences (hereinafter, M.Sc. Geosciences). Through the same application- and research-oriented Master's program, students are taught advanced scientific knowledge in specializations relating to geosciences. Graduates will acquire the core competencies for professional practice, as well as for scientific work in the field. They will be able to work in a more independent and responsible manner in their future careers. The program is adapted to key socially and politically relevant topics such as climate change, resource scarcity and geohazards, and also takes into account topics currently being discussed in scientific research.

Master entrance requirements

  1. Students have the necessary previous training if they have received a Bachelor's degree in Geosciences or an equivalent degree with a minimum final grade of 2.5 or higher from a university in Germany or abroad or
  2. have a Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in a subject other than those listed in 1 with a minimum final grade of 2.5 or higher from a university in Germany or abroad and have successfully participated in a 10-day geological field mapping. If this requirement is not met, students are required to successfully participate in the 10-day Bachelor course “Geological field mapping” within the first semester of the Master’s course. The written examination to that course can be retaken twice during the first two semesters of the Master’s course. If students ultimately fail to pass the examination, admission will be rescinded.

It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English. Proof is not required.

Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the "German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)" is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.

The tests related to the Master's examination will determine whether the candidate, within the context of their scientific education, has a general overview of the complex interrelationships between the earth's systems. It will also be determined whether they are able to apply advanced scientific methods independently and can classify the acquired knowledge and evaluate it critically.


The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).