Faculty of Chemistry and Earth SciencesEarth Sciences – Master

The objective of Earth Sciences is to understand the creation and development of planet Earth from its beginning to its current complexity. Due to the interactions between the geosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, the Earth’s surface – and with it, the human habitat – is constantly changing. 

Facts & Formalities

DegreeMaster of Science
Type of programmeConsecutive
Start of programmeWinter semester only
Standard period of study4 semesters
Language(s) of instructionGerman
Fees and contributions171.75 € / Semester
Application procedureConsecutive master’s programmes with admission restriction
Application deadlinesInformation about deadlines can be obtained after you have put together a degree program.

Course Content

On the basis of the knowledge acquired in a Bachelor's degree programme in Earth Sciences, students in the consecutive, research-oriented Master's degree programme will gain further expertise and methodological knowledge in the field of Earth Sciences. In addition to a small number of mandatory lectures and courses, in accordance with their own interests, students may choose additional courses from a wide range of options. Special emphasis is placed on intensive field and laboratory courses.

Course Structure

The Master’s degree programme in Earth Sciences at Heidelberg University consists of providing further education in the form of lectures, field work, tutorials, seminars, laboratory internships and project work. The programme consists of the following compulsory and compulsory-elective modules: 

Compulsory modules 

  • Communication and Didactics 
  • Isotope Geology and Geochronology 
  • Earth dynamics 
  • Field Exercises I 
  • Final oral examination 
  • Master’s thesis 

Optional modules 

  • Hydrogeology I 
  • Hydrogeology II 
  • Environmental Geochemistry 
  • Cosmochemistry and Planetary Processes 
  • Paleoenvironmental Dynamics 
  • Paleoclimatology 
  • Sedimentary Geology 
  • Paleontology 
  • Thermochronology - Numerical Modelling - Landscape Development 
  • Magmatic and Metamorphic Processes 
  • Georesources 
  • Analytical Techniques 
  • Environmental Physics 
  • Field Exercises II 
  • Freely-selected module