Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology M. Sc.

The master's degree program in engineering and hydrogeology enables students to work independently on complex tasks in applied geology. The already existing knowledge of facts and methods is extended, deepened and systematized by individual focal points. Graduates open up perspectives in research as well as in different areas of public administration. Further options arise in nationally and internationally active engineering offices.

Engineering geology is the link between the natural geosciences (such as geology, mineralogy, petrography) and the engineering sciences (such as civil engineering, surveying or mechanical engineering). Engineering geologists investigate and solve engineering and environmental problems that arise from human interaction with the natural subsurface and its surface. In addition to the traditional fields of activity in construction, tunnelling and raw materials, a growing branch is the prediction of and protection against geologically induced natural hazards.

In addition to the classical issues of groundwater flow and the transport of pollutants in groundwater, hydrogeology is also concerned with its self-purification potential and the study of biological and geochemical processes in the subsurface. In recent years, the geothermal use of shallow and deep aquifers has become a new field of work for hydrogeologists. Especially in a country like Germany, which is poor in fossil fuels, the exploration and assessment of this renewable resource represents a field of work with high development potential.

What you'll learn

Graduates possess a broad range of competencies, skills, and knowledge in the field of applied geology, particularly engineering and hydrogeology. They act as an interface between the geosciences and engineering, understanding geological and engineering problems and grasping interdisciplinary relationships. They accurately represent geological features in the field on maps and profiles and use appropriate field, laboratory, and computational methods for their work.

Depending on their choice of specialization, they possess not only distinctive core competencies in engineering and hydrogeology, but also additional, subject-specific knowledge. They can, for example, focus on tunnels and tunnelling, industrial minerals and natural stone in the built environment, alpine hazards, landslides mapping and GIS, case studies in technical hydrogeology, tracer hydrogeology and groundwater modelling or georeservoirs. Through numerous courses designed in group work, graduates have also been able to develop a high level of social skills and are always aware of the ethical and moral framework in their work.

What you bring

Basic technical knowledge in geology, mineralogy, engineering and hydrogeology as well as technical mechanics is required. For this degree program, you must also demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the German and English languages, as you will complete modules in both German and English during the course of your studies

Study information

In the first three semesters, technical basics from the fields of engineering and hydrogeology are taught. These are accompanied by laboratory and project work. In the second and third semesters, there is also the possibility of setting individual focal points of study through elective modules.

The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master's thesis. This is where the acquired knowledge and methodological competence come together.

The aim of the Master's program is to provide in-depth knowledge in applied geology. Through elective modules, an individual study profile in the field of engineering and hydrogeology can be compiled. During the course of study, practical skills can be expanded during numerous field and mapping exercises in the elective and compulsory modules. From the 2nd semester onwards, students have the opportunity to focus on engineering or hydrogeology by taking elective modules.

Through the cooperation of high-ranking geoscientific institutions in the Munich GeoCenter, students have access to teaching content in the form of lectures and workshops as well as the corresponding infrastructure of both Munich universities (TUM and LMU).