Master of Science


The research-oriented degree program Paleontology has an excellent reputation both in Germany and abroad since all areas of paleontology are firmly anchored in both research and teaching: Invertebrate Paleontology, Vertebrate Paleontology, Micropaleontology and Paleobotany.

The commitment of researchers and staff is reflected in the excellent international reception of their research and graduates’ outstanding degree of qualification. The activities of this program are integrated into the central research theme Evolution of the Earth and of Life and linked to the other work areas of the Department of Geosciences and Meteorology through intensive collaboration (e.g. climate archives, geochemistry of dinosaur bones, biomineralization). The degree program includes a small group 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 the different work methods in the various specialized areas of geosciences, opening up the prospect of interdisciplinary projects. 


Possible lines of work:

Applied geology (groundwater resources, development aid, environmental protection, georisks), ministries and government offices (environmental protection), geological services, raw materials exploration/use and production materials (industrial sector), public relations, museums, academia (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

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