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The programme is built on the scientific and experimental expertise of the "Bayerisches Geoinstitut" (Bavarian Geoinstitute, BGI) that combines:
- analytical methods to characterise samples
- synthesis methods at high pressure and temperature
- in-situ methods for measuring physical properties
- theory and models to simulate material properties
The laboratory-based work is supplemented by literature and research seminars that prepare the students to find literature on a subject and to critically evaluate scientific literature.
Educational organisationThe programme is organised in four major module areas, and encompasses a total of 120 ECTS credit points (CP). The module areas are:
A. Experimental Geosciences (core classes) 14 CP
B. Research Techniques, including three one-semester long research projects with research reports, 69 CP
C. Optional/elective courses (11 CP) in any of the following subjects:
- the solid Earth
- solid state physics
- material sciences and catalysis
- information technology
- environmental geochemistry
After completion of the MSc thesis there will be a final oral exam.
In each semester a curriculum of approx. 30 CP has to be performed.
Study abroad unit(s)Study abroad can be discussed and arranged on an individual basis. Projects and study performed abroad need to be finely tuned to the syllabus of the MSc programme.
Forms of assessmentStudent performance will be assessed on an ongoing basis during the programme:
- classes are graded based on written or oral exams
- practicals are graded based on problem sets or experiment reports
- seminars are graded based on written reports or presentations
- lab classes are graded based on research reports
Course objectivesStudents are trained to independently (a) identify and understand problems in research and development, (b) identify suitable methods and apply them to address scientific questions.
In the research-based education students are trained in theory and in hands-on laboratory work in a wide variety of experimental and analytical techniques in applied materials research, Earth sciences, chemistry and physics.
Language requirementsGood English skills in both the written and spoken language are required. These will be evaluated based on written documents, through phone interviews and a possible visit of the applicant.
Academic requirementsBSc (or equivalent) in a natural science or a related engineering field
Application material to be submitted is:
- detailed BSc (or equivalent) degree certificate, including official transcript. If BSc is obtained only between application and start of MSc programme, an official transcript must be provided.
- CV in tabular form
- statement explaining the interest in studying Experimental Geosciences, not to exceed two pages (12pt font, in English)
- contact information for a professional reference
Other well-qualified applicants will participate in a qualification exam consisting of:
- a written exam (60 minutes) and
- a selection interview (20 minutes)
Enrolment feesSocial fee: approx. 65 EUR per semester
Costs of livingApprox. 750 EUR per month to cover personal expenses
Job opportunitiesDue to the intensive nature of the programme, students will have only limited time for part-time jobs.
Funding opportunities within the universityStudents coming to Bayreuth from a partner university may have the opportunity to receive some financial support from the University of Bayreuth.
Arrival supportThe International Office with its Service for International Students (SIS) assists students before and upon arrival (mailing of information, pick-up service from the station). It offers assistance in all administrative matters including registration and enrolment.
Services and support for international studentsThe International Office with its Service for International Students (SIS) offers administrative, academic, and social support before and during the semester.
AccommodationThe International Office offers assistance in finding accommodation in a student residence (rent approx. 120 EUR to 200 EUR per month) or private accommodation (250 EUR to 400 EUR).
However, a search on the private market as a backup is advisable. You can find links to the private market on our website.