Geosciences (M.Sc.)

The most important facts at a glance:


Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Standard period of studies:

4 semesters


Winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

Open admission


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

Applicants with foreign certificates: Language of instruction: German
Required language certificate: DSH-2

Winter semester: April 1 - September 1

Summer semester: October 1 - March 1

Required Bachelor's degree:

Geosciences (B.Sc.)


Institute of Geoscience - Mainz


Faculty 09: Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Geosciences

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

Applicants need the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree in Geosciences or an equivalent degree from a German or foreign higher education institution, or
  • a bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a German or foreign higher education institution in a subject other than Geosciences, in combination with proof of passing a ten-day course in geologic mapping. If the applicant does not have this proof, they must take the ten-day bachelor course Geologische Kartierung (Geologic Mapping) in the first semester of their master’s program. This field exercise is offered twice a year and takes place during the semester breaks in both Spring and Summer. If the student fails the corresponding fieldwork report (Kartierbericht), they can rework and resubmit it twice in the first two semesters. If the student fails the fieldwork report three times, their right to admission will expire. We expect applicants to have a very good active and passive knowledge of English that enables them to read the specialist literature and participate in courses taught in English (no proof required).


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

The Academic Advisory 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).