Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English (take IELTS)
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International Master programme held in English: The course aim is to prepare its participants for professional work as hydrogeologists, water resources or environmental experts, in research, consulting or administration in the public or private sector. It qualifies professionals for the groundwater resources and environmental technology sector.


The international Master Programme “Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (HEG)“ at the University of Göttingen conveys modern know-how in the fields of integrated water resources management, contaminant transport in the subsurface and groundwater in fractured systems. Special attention is given to practical and quantitative approaches: e.g. saltwater intrusion; usage of alternative water resources (artificial recharge); environmental monitoring and remediation; water pollution control; contaminant treatment technologies; systems, surface and groundwater modelling. Emphasis is placed on water scarcity problems in semi-arid regions and developing countries.

Programme Structure

The course is composed of obligatory modules, 6 basic (46 credits) followed by 6 advanced (44 credits). The course is divided into 3 semester to complete the master thesis under supervision. The topic of the master thesis can either be consultancy or research oriented. The assessment of the course is in accordance with “European Credit Transfer System”. Credit points, assessed by examination or course work, will be awarded for each module.

Basic modules:

  • General Tools (9 credits)
  • Geology (6 credits)
  • Hydrology (7 credits)
  • Hydrogeology I (6 credits)
  • Hydrogeology II (6 credits)
  • Geophysics (4 credits)
  • Hydro(geo)chemistry (8 credits)

Advanced modules:

  • Systems Modeling (5 credits)
  • Groundwater Modeling (6 credits)
  • Geothermal Energy (7 credits)
  • Water Pollution Control and Environment (8 credits)
  • Environmental Monitoring and Remediation (7 credits)
  • Integrated Water Resources Management (11 credits)

Occupational field

The course aim is to prepare its participants for professional work as hydrogeologists, water resources or environmental experts, in research, consulting or administration in the public or private sector.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Admission conditions: Bachelor B.Sc.(Geoscience, natural or engineering sciences) Language: English (international English certificate)
  • Admission: restricted (applications to the faculty), selection interview

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 500 International
  • EUR 500 EU/EEA


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