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The degree programme is offered as a joint programme of Karl Franzens University Graz and Graz University of Technology in the framework of the Natural Sciences Graz project. It serves to specialise in core skills at the university location Graz. The programme offers broad general education and specialisations in the fields of geology/petrology, geobiology/palaeoecology, hydrogeology/hydrogeochemistry and engineering geology. The broad spectrum of earth science disciplines enables a professional education and at the same time an introduction to an academic career. Two of the specialisations, engineering geology and hydrogeology/hydrochemistry, provide professional education for geotechnology- and environment-relevant activities. The other two specialisations, geology/petrology and geobiology/palaeoecology, on one hand cover a broad spectrum of occupational fields (e.g. industry, mineral materials, material sciences) and on the other hand additionally focus on basic research in earth sciences. The medium of instruction is English and German.
The discipline Earth Sciences includes different scientific sub-areas, all dealing with the system earth, and serves to teach basic knowledge in mineralogy, petrology, geology and palaeontology.
The master’s programme in Earth Sciences consists of one stage of study and is divided into a general earth sciences part consisting of the modules 1 – 6 and four specialisations. Specialisations are chosen from the following combinations of modules: geology – petrology, geobiology and palaeoecology, hydrogeology and hydrochemistry. Courses and examinations may be held in English. Courses and examinations in the Engineering Geology specialisation are always held in English. Master’s theses can also be written in English. In the Engineering Geology specialisation the master's thesis must be written in English. Mobility of students in the form of a study period abroad is expressly appreciated. The second or third semester is suggested for the mobility period.