M.Sc. Technical Geology

Aarhus University | Aarhus, Denmark
From looking out to looking in insight is the simplest way to describe the MSc in Technical Geology degree. Which sediments contain groundwater? What is the spatial distribution of the sediments, and which layer of soil protects groundwater against pollution and to what extent? Why do strata have strengths, and is it possible to predict the variation in strength from one type of deposit to another and from one part of the country to another? These are just some of the questions you will learn to answer as a technical geology student.
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Description of Technical Geology

Options and scope

The two-year MSc in Technical Geology programme builds on a relevant graduate engineering or BSc degree. The programme leads to the title of graduate engineer or MSc (Engineering). Depending on qualifications, students commence their studies with a supplementary course in geology or engineering geology. The supplementary courses account for approximately half the first year of the study programme, while the remainder consists of an individual programme drawn up in collaboration between the student and the specialist lecturers for the degree programme. The individual programme may focus on a specialisation within either geotechnics, sedimentology, hydrology, hydro-geophysics, or soil and water chemistry.

From lectures to fieldwork

This multidisciplinary degree programme is taught mainly at the Department of Geoscience and the Department of Engineering. Both departments have a strong study environment, focusing on the individual student and the interaction between academic and social challenges, for example through fieldwork and expeditions. As a technical geology student, you do not get to sit at your desk for long periods of time. Teaching is regularly supplemented by field trips to destinations in Denmark and Norway or Greenland. As a student, this gives you a chance to work with your subject in practice.

Teaching normally takes place in small groups, and consists of a combination of theory and work on practical exercises.

Career Profile

As a graduate of the programme, you will acquire comprehensive knowledge that can pave the way to a career in the environmental, energy and planning sectors, with opportunities both in consulting engineering companies and in public administration. You also have the option of working in the construction and facilities branch in connection with solving geotechnical tasks. A degree in technical geology opens up career possibilities both in Denmark and abroad.

I work as a project manager for Geo in Aarhus. There is quite a lot of desk work preparing offers, project plans and reports, but it is also important for me to get out into the field a bit and feel the soil between my fingers. My education really prepared me well for this job. The combination of an engineering and geological background is perfect, in my job in any case.

Ole Weel Jensen

MSc in Technical Geology

Geotechnical Project Manager, Geo

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline March
Tuition fee
  • EUR 13500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)
Start date February  2016
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The academic content of your degree programme is individual and structured with the help of the Degree Programme Coordinator.


Technical Geology

Geotechnology Quaternary geology, study start summer (60 ECTS per year)

1. year

  • Minerals and Rocks
  • Sedimentology
  • Introduction to quaternary geology
  • Quaternary geology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Groundwater Modelling
  • Geology of Denmark and industrial sediments
  • Glaciology and Glacial Geology
  • Project Work

2. year

  • Environmental Geophysical Methods
  • Hydrogeophysical Field Course
  • Glacial Geology and Sedimentology
  • Master Project

Hydrogeophysics, study start winter (60 ECTS per year)

1. year

  • Global Geophysics
  • Geophysical Methods
  • Geology for Engineers
  • Hydrogeophysical Field Course
  • Applied mathematics 2
  • Applied mathematics 1

2. year

  • Ground Pollution and Groundwater Pollution
  • Geoelectric and Electromagnetic Methods Applied to Groundwater Exploration
  • Project Work(preparation for the Master Project)
  • Inversion Modelling

Hydrogeophysics, study start summer (60 ECTS per year)

1. year

  • Environmental Geophysical Methods
  • Geology for Engineers
  • Hydrogeophysical Field Course
  • Hydrogeology
  • Global Geophysics
  • Geophysical methods
  • Geoelectric and Electromagnetic Methods Applied to Groundwater Exploration
  • Project Work(preparation for the Master Project)
  • Applied mathematics 2
  • Applied mathematics 1

2. year

Ground Pollution and Groundwater Pollution

  • Vector Analysis
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Inversion Modelling
  • Master Project

The Masters degree in technical geology counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the technical geology field of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. During your very first week, you structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Earth Sciences by choosing courses from a course catalogue. Your programme is based on your academic qualifications and interests and the subjects you studied for your Bachelors degree. The plan must be approved by the Board of Studies before you can enrol for examinations.

A year divided into four terms

The teaching is divided into terms with four terms per year. Each term consists of a block of seven weeks followed by an examination period of 2-4 weeks.

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you have the option of applying for admission to the PhD programme. In the PhD programme, you start working on a research project and are gradually trained through courses and personal guidance to become a researcher.

Requirements for Technical Geology

Admission to the Master's degree programme in engineering at Aarhus University requires successful completion of a BSc degree within the same subject. For this reason foreign students must be able to provide full documentary evidence that they have completed a university degree equivalent in level and contents to a Danish BSc degree.

Work Experience for Technical Geology

No work experience is required.

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