Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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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.
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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.

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

  • Application deadline EU applicants: July (application period starts in April); non-EU applicants: April (application period starts in January)
  • Start date
  • Credits (ECTS)
    120 ECTS
  • Duration full-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

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 Year

  • Free International
  • Free EEA

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

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