M.Sc. Technical Geology

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 15,300 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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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 become capable of answering as a technical geology student.

Options and scope

The two-year MSc in Technical Geology programme builds on a relevant graduate engineer or BSc degree. The degree programme is offered by Aarhus University and organised in collaboration with the Aarhus School of Engineering. Depending on the students background, the programme leads to the title of graduate engineer or MSc (Engineering). Depending on your qualifications, you commence your studies with a supplementary course in geology or engineering geology. The supplementary courses account for approximately half of the first year of your studies. The remainder consists of an individual programme composed in collaboration between the student and the specialist lecturers for the degree programme.

The individual programme can include courses such as:

* Hydrology and hydrogeology
* Groundwater modelling
* Sedimentology (sediments)
* Environmental geophysics
* Geographic information systems (GIS)
* Soil and water chemistry
* Business economics and project management
* Geophysics

From lectures to fieldwork

This multidisciplinary degree programme is taught at both the Department of Geoscience at Aarhus University and the Aarhus School of Engineering. Both institutions have a strong study environment with a focus on the individual student and the interaction between academic and social challenges, for example via fieldwork and expeditions. As a technical geology student, you do not get to sit at your desk for long periods of time. The teaching is regularly supplemented by field trips to different destinations in Denmark or to countries such as Norway and Greenland. As a student, this gives you a chance to work with geology in practice. The teaching is normally in small groups and consists of a combination of theory and work on practical exercises.

A global workplace

As a graduate from the programme, you will acquire comprehensive knowledge that can land you a job in the environmental, energy and planning sectors, which means that jobs are available in both consulting engineering companies and 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.


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.


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560
TOEFL iBT® test: 83

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