Master of Science


The research focus of the Geochemistry/Petrology degree program lies on Earth’s endogenous processes. Central importance is ascribed to the development of the planet from its origins to continental drift and current volcanic activity.

To enable students of Geochemistry/Petrology to achieve a discipline-specific qualification for their continuing careers, modules with the following methodological points of emphasis are offered: Geochemistry, Petrology and Mineralogy/Crystallography. Through their choices and priorities set within the broad spectrum of this discipline, students can create individual degree profiles to match their personal interests, abilities and professional plans. The degree program includes a small range of compulsory modules that is common to all three geosciences master’s degree programs (Paleontology, Geology and Geochemistry/Petrology). These joint courses promote the scientific exchange of ideas among students. In addition, students gain an overview of different work methods in the various specialized areas of geosciences, which opens up the prospect of interdisciplinary projects.

Possible lines of work:

Applied geology (groundwater resources, development aid, environmental protection, georisks), ministries and government offices (environment area), geological services, raw materials exploration/use and production materials (industrial sector), public relations, museums, (teaching/research at universities, research institutions, etc.)

Open admission
Master of Science
4 Semester
Winter semester
Summer semester

Examination Regulations (German versions are legally binding)

University degree (German or non-German) in a relevant discipline

German language proficiency (DSH level 2, CEFR level C1, as per DSH exam. regulations)

English language proficiency (CEFR level B2)

Minimum grade of 2.5 or local equivalent

At the University of Bonn, multilingualism and cultural diversity are considered to be valuable resources that complement subject-specific qualifications. This is why, in addition to curricular language modules, students have access to a diverse range of language-learning offers, including the independent-study offers at the Center for Language Learning (Sprachlernzentrum, SLZ) in which they can autonomously learn a foreign language or enhance existing language skills. Furthermore, students can apply for the “Certificate of Intercultural Competence” free of charge, which promotes extra-curricular and interdisciplinary activities of international or intercultural nature.

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