Earth Sciences (Master)

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The master’s programme in Earth Sciences provides students with a comprehensive education in earth sciences and a specialisation in one of the following four subject areas: geology, hydrogeology and environmental chemistry, mineralogy and geo-materials, or palaeobiology and geobiology.  Graduates have acquired knowledge of field work in earth sciences, modern methods of observations in the field, laboratory work and instrumental analytics, computer-based data analysis and quantitative modelling. By expanding their theoretical and practical knowledge, they have developed the basis for independent academic and application-oriented work. Therefore, graduates of the master’s programme in Earth Sciences are particularly qualified to think in interdisciplinary and multi-scale terms. The specific knowledge and practical skills acquired during the programme prepare them for future employment, in particular in application-oriented areas of earth sciences and in academic research.

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code:

066 815

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination



Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of a core module, a compulsory module (to choose from: geology, hydrogeology and environmental chemistry, mineralogy and geo-materials, or palaeobiology and geobiology), elective modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Hydrogeology
  • Mineralogy
  • Palaeobiology
  • Lithosphere dynamics
  • Sedimentology

     Overview of the programme structure & topics

    Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

    After Graduation

    Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

    • research institutions
    • industrial sector, construction industry, construction and civil engineering office
    • public authorities and administrative office
    • museum
    • insurance companies
    • international organisations
    • science journalism.

    Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

    Graduate Survey

    The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

    Information about the Graduate Survey

    Career Tracking of Graduates

    The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

    Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates