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Finding solutions to such issues requires a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological mechanisms operating under natural conditions. AEG offers a process-orientated approach to these mechanisms based upon an in-depth knowledge of the classical natural sciences combined with the utilisation of modern technology.
The programme is designed for students holding an undergraduate degree in natural sciences or engineering, who are interested in a process-oriented, research-driven graduate education in environmental geosciences following multidisciplinary approaches. A good background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics is required. Undergraduate training in geosciences or environmental sciences is helpful but not requested. Independent problem solving ability is important and will be further developed within the educational programme.
Educational organisationThe MSc programme lasts four semesters and requires successful completion of six compulsory and eight elective modules as well as the Master's thesis.
The COMPULSORY MODULES cover key topics of environmental geoscience and additionally include modules that allow students to gain methodological, conceptual as well as practical skills for scientific research in the field of environmental geosciences in close interaction with staff and research groups. Compulsory modules are:
Hydrogeology, Aquatic and Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Modelling 1, Scientific Practice 1, Scientific Practice 2, Scientific Presentation
The ELECTIVE MODULES give students the opportunity to individually complement these lectures with topics of their interest. The following three AREAS of SPECIALISATION are offered, each requiring a special suite of three modules:
1. HYDROGEOLOGY: Applied Hydrogeology, Contaminant Hydrogeology, Geotechnical Engineering
2. ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING: Environmental Modelling 2, Case Studies in Environmental Modelling, Physics of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer
3. ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY: Environmental Microbiology and Geomicrobiology, Hydrogeochemical Modelling, Analytical Environmental Chemistry
The remaining credits can be obtained by any combination of all offered elective modules:
Water Treatment, Case Studies in Environmental Geoscience, GIS and Remote Sensing, Environmental Modelling 2, Advanced Geophysics, Atmospheric Physics, Environmental Microbiology and Geomicrobiology, Laboratory Course Geomicrobiology, Analytical Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Isotope Chemistry, Lab Course Environmental Chemistry, Geotechnical Engineering, Contaminant Hydrogeology, Applied Hydrogeology, Geophysics, Numerical Methods in Environmental Modelling, Earth Processes, Environmental Risk Assessment
The MASTER'S THESIS PROJECT is spread out over two semesters and already starts in the third semester.
Study abroad unit(s)Study units abroad are not part of the curriculum.
InternshipsInternships are not required.
Forms of assessmentModules are concluded with one or several examinations. Depending on the types of lectures in the modules, examinations can be written exams, project reports or presentations. Modules are generally comprised of lecture units along with exercises that can be included in the assessment.
In total, 120 ECTS credits are needed to graduate: 36 ECTS credits for compulsory modules, 54 ECTS credits for elective modules, and 30 ECTS credits for the Master's thesis project.
Course objectivesThe research-oriented MSc programme provides students with the ability to analyse and evaluate environmental problems in geosciences. AEG graduates are well-trained for jobs in environmental agencies, non-governmental organisations, and (re-)insurance companies covering costs of environmental risks and remediation.
The key employers for graduates of the AEG programme are environmental consultancies working in:
- characterisation of sites (hydrogeology, geophysics, chemical and microbiological analysis)
- assessment of environmental risks
- management of water resources
- design and operation of remediation technologies
- modelling of flow and reactive transport in subsurface systems
Furthermore, the AEG programme is an excellent foundation for doctoral studies in programmes of earth sciences, environmental sciences, and environmental engineering.