M.Sc. Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen | Göttingen, Germany
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.

Description of Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience


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.

The tuition programme is presented by an international experienced and interdisciplinary team of lecturers from universities, private companies, research institutes and governmental institutions. Tuition includes lectures, field/laboratory work and case studies.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline EU applicants: July (application period starts in April); non-EU applicants: April (application period starts in January)
Tuition fee
  • Free (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

From the winter semester 2014/15 on, there will be no more tuition fees in Lower Saxony.

Start date October  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

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.

Requirements for Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience

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

Work Experience for Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience

No work experience is required.

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Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany

Germany Founded in 1737, the University of Göttingen is a research university of high international standing. The university is renowned not only for its remarkably diverse range of subjects, but also for its research-led teaching and outstanding scientific environment, in which more than 40 Nobel laureates have lived, studied, taught and pursued their research. In 2014, the University of Göttingen won the StudyPortals Award for Outstanding International Student Satisfaction.

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