Applied Geosciences

 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
6 semesters
ECTS Credits:
180Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
German

Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester

Open
No NC

Admission to Higher Semesters

Open
No NC

Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---

    SelfAssessment

    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

Dates and Deadlines

 

Bachelor

What are Earth's origins? What is it made of? What raw materials does it hold and how can one find these valuable materials? Where can Earth's layers shift or where can caves collapse? How can water basins be found and used? Geoscientists examine the earth and use their knowledge to protect our nature and sustainably use the earth's raw resources. They can estimate the risk of earthquakes, landslides, deformation and caving probabilities. With their investigations and assessments they make sure large building measures like tunnels and dams are secure. Furthermore, they determine the origin and structure of fossils and mineral deposits and the properties of natural materials. The discovery and sustainable use of groundwater basins is another field of application. There is a special concentration for each of these topics, which then intensively work with each other.

At RWTH these specializations are grouped into a single application-oriented course of study. It offers a broad natural and geo-science base as well as comprehensive methodological training. This includes careful training in the field and extraordinarily good options to gather lab experience relevant to career and research – for example in geochemical analytics. This intensity is only comparable at a few other universities.

 
 

Key Info

Basic Information

Degree:
Master of Science
Start of Studies:
Winter Semester, Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
4 semesters
ECTS Credits:
120Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.

Language:
English and German

Admission Requirements

  • First university degree, required qualifications according to the examination regulations Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    A first recognized university degree, through which the necessary education background for the Master course of study can be proven. The necessary knowledge needed in order for studies to be successful is determined in the respective exam regulations (PO).

  • Proficiency in English and German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    --- Zur Einschreibung in diesen Studiengang muessen Sie Kenntnisse in allen Unterrichtssprachen nachweisen. Details regelt die Pruefungsordnung. ---

Admission to First Semester

Open
No NC

Admission to Higher Semesters

Open
No NC

Dates and Deadlines

 

Master

The geosciences make an important contribution to the sustainable use of the Earth’s resources which include rocks, minerals and ores, oil and natural gas, water and geothermal energy. They are also involved in using underground areas as subsoil and excavation volume. The geosciences include:

  • the exploration and extraction of fossil and renewable energy sources such as oil, natural gas, coal and geothermal energy in the deep underground
  • research into the development und structure of mineral deposits
  • research into the structure and characteristics of minerals for the manufacturing of new minerals
  • research into the interaction between subsoil and construction
  • prediction of landslides and rock deformation, e.g. when building major tunnels and dams
  • exploitation and sustainable use of groundwater
  • analysis of geodynamic processes which lead to strong earthquakes, among others
  • determining rock deformation as a result of massive forces in the interior of the earth.

Moreover, they contribute their knowledge about short and long-term changes in the protection of our nature and a sustainable approach to the Earth’s raw materials. Maintaining groundwater reserves, ensuring human living space and restoring natural balances are becoming even more important fields in the geosciences.

The solution to the geoscientific tasks requires quantified methods and the preparation of models for forward looking predictions, for example, of groundwater, earthquake risks and material deformations. The applied geosciences are thus a quantitative natural science that overlaps in many places with the engineering sciences.