Technical Geology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
Aarhus University ,
The MSc in Technical Geology at Aarhus University is multidisciplinary programme, with courses shared between Aarhus University’s Department of Geoscience and School of Engineering. Within the programme, students will have a chance to dig into nuanced questions about the Earth and its foundation. They will be able to pursue a specialisation in geotechnics, sedimentology, hydrology, hydrogeophysics, or soil and water chemistry.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Mixed Teaching

As a student of both science and engineering, don’t expect to be spending too much time sitting in a classroom: classroom teaching is mixed in with lots of practical work and field research. You will have many opportunities to do your learning on field trips round Denmark or to Norway or Greenland.

The Technical Geology programme promotes an open learning environment. Plenty of time is available for group work and for close collaboration between students, researchers, and professors.

Student Life

As a small and highly involved programme, Technical Geology welcomes students to one of Aarhus University’s most tightly knit

communities – “the geologists.” Similarly, much of your work in the School of Engineering will be done in groups – so you can expect to build close relationships with your fellow students, not just academically but socially as well.

Technical Geology students get to enjoy newly refurbished buildings close to the Aarhus city, housing study areas, reading rooms, wifi, computer rooms, and a classic Danish Friday bar. These new facilities are used for departmental activities, and you will be given a desk in a shared office where you can study, read, or just hang out with your fellow students. Harry’s Cellar is a club for staff and students that is there for you whenever you need to take a break, grab a beer, or simply relax with friends. It has electronic darts and backgammon and live music, and regularly hosts themed events.

The university also has a number of popular Friday bars for you to enjoy, and the Tågekammeret association organises celebrations and social events for all science students.


Graduating with an MSc in Technical Geology can open doors into a range of careers within the environmental, energy, construction and

planning sectors both here in Denmark and internationally. Graduates can seek careers as consultants in engineering firms, in public administration, and working in construction to solve geotechnical tasks.

The practical nature of the programme ensures that graduates are equipped with the analytical and strategic skills they need to succeed in today’s competitive global job market.

“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 master’s 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

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13500 International
  • Free EU/EEA


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