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Master Geosciences according to PO 2016

MSc Geosciences - according to the older examination regulations (PO) of 2016
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The Master's program in its previous form was reformed in 2021, with new study and examination regulations coming into force at the same time.It is therefore no longer possible to enroll on the old courses with the examination regulations from 2016.The information on this page only serves as a transition for students of the current form of the Master's programs.

The master's program in geosciences is divided into three fields of study: geology, geophysics and mineralogy. At the beginning of the program, you decide on one of these fields of study and thus on a corresponding module catalog with subject-specific courses.

The master's program begins in the winter semester.

Fields of study in Master

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All three majors contain electives in which courses from the other two majors may be taken.

Module overview

Geology (2016) Geophysics (2011) Mineralogy (2016)

1. Academic Year

Other modules from the range of geology, geophysics or mineralogy.

1. Academic Year



as well as the compulsory and elective modules from the fields of study geology and mineralogy

1. Academic Year


Other modules from the range of mineralogy, geophysics, geology, physical chemistry, glass chemistry.

FS 3 (WS)

FS 3 (WS)

 FS 3 (WS)

FS 4 (SS)

FS 4 (SS)

FS 4 (SS)

(PM) - Pflichmodul

Module catalogs

In the revised version, which starts with the winter semester 2021/2022, the module catalog for all three fields of study has been updated.
The entire module catalog can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Please talk to the secretariats of the chairs before you register in Friedolin. They will tell you which transitional regulations apply and whether your course registration (and later the separate exam registration) should be done in Friedolin or by paper slip. Please also have the lecturer explain the structure and contents of the module to you before or at the latest when the course begins.

Older versions and revisions of module catalogs:

Year Geology Geophysics Mineralogy
2016 Module Catalog Geology [pdf, 488 kb] de Module Catalog Geophysics [pdf, 259 kb] de Module Catalog Mineralogy [pdf, 406 kb] de
2011/2012 Module Catalog Geology [pdf, 209 kb] de Module Catalog Geophysics [pdf, 77 kb] de Module Catalog Mineralogy [pdf, 89 kb] de


Study and examination regulations:

There are only study and examination regulations and a module catalog (sections on the three fields of study geology, geophysics and mineralogy) for the study program.

The degree program was approved at the end of 2011 and published on January 2, 2012. On the web pages it is sometimes referred to as "2011" (e.g., here), sometimes as "2012" (e.g., there); but they are identical. Its - still valid - study and examination regulations can be found below.

The course offering was revised and put into effect in 2016; formally, this was done by rewriting §7 of the study regulations (module catalog) [pdf, 50 kb] de. Teaching has also been carried out according to this module catalog since 2016. The new module catalog is advantageous for you students because the elective offer has been expanded at the expense of the compulsory offer; the new module catalog offers more flexibility.

These are the valid documents of the study program:

Translated with (free version)

Ordinances 2012 Ordinances 2016 Ordinances 2021
Study regulations 2012 [pdf, 62 kb] de Reading version of the study regulations 2012 incl. the first amendment 2016 Study regulations 2021
Examination regulations 2012 [pdf, 83 kb] de   Examination regulations 2021

Master thesis information

Through the Master's thesis, the candidate should prove that he or she is able to independently work on a problem from his or her subject using scientific methods within a given period of time. The Master's thesis marks the completion of the program.  (§11 para. 1 of the examination regulations)


The Master's thesis can be registered in the second year of the Master's program in Geosciences at the earliest. It must be started no later than 6 weeks after 90 LP have been achieved.

Request for admission

The application for admission to the Master's thesis (Geology, Geophysics and Mineralogy) can be downloaded from the website of the Faculty of Chemical and Geosciences under Applications and Forms de. Please fill out the application and bring it to the examination office at least two weeks before the start of the master thesis. There it will be checked if all requirements for the admission to the master thesis are fulfilled. Please write your name and the names of the first and second supervisor legibly!

Good scientific practice

We urge all students to follow the rules of good scientific practice. These rules are summarized in the memorandum of the German Research Foundation [pdf, 691 kb] de.


The Master's thesis is independently evaluated by two reviewers.


The Master's thesis must be submitted to the Examinations Office of the Faculty of Chemical and Geosciences in four hard-bound copies (no ring binding) after 6 months of processing.

Possible extension of the processing time

According to §11 paragraph 4 of theexamination regulations [pdf, 83 kb] de, the examination board can extend the deadline for submitting the Master's thesis by a maximum of one month in exceptional cases upon justified request. For students of the younger semesters the new examination regulations (2021) apply.

The informal application has to be submitted in writing by the candidate to the examination board of the MSc Geosciences. The consent of the supervisors must be obtained in advance and documented on the application. The reason for the extension must not be the candidate's own fault. Informal requests should be made at least two weeks before the submission deadline specified in the admission to the thesis. After reviewing the application, the candidate and the examination office will be informed about the decision.

Master thesis themes

We offer projects for almost all preferences and talents, be it lab, computer, or terrain oriented. These projects are usually integrated into our current (i.e. changing) research projects. Therefore, please contact us; ask for topics early!

If you want to do - quite classically - field work, e.g. geological mapping, it has to take place during your first summer, i.e. usually after the end of the lecture period of the second semester. We faculty plan our trips about 3-6 months in advance; therefore, we need to know your interest well in advance to be able to involve and supervise you there.

Study abroad students can often expect to receive a substantial DAAD grant from the PROMOS program (application deadline is May 1). Expect three to four weeks of preparation on your application.

Topics can also be asked directly in the research groups: