© Alex Bagirov

Geotechnology, M.Sc.

Program overview

How can we use the earth technologically while still protecting it? What do we need to keep in mind when we use the ground to build houses, streets, tunnels, or dams, when raw materials are mined, when we interfere with the water supply or want to use geothermal energy? As a geotechnologist, you develop and implement technical concepts for these kinds of plans. You evaluate whether a project is economically viable and environmentally sound and whether it conforms to the technical norms and legal provisions. To do this, you need an in-depth understanding of the earth system including the ongoing processes. The interdisciplinary degree program in Geotechnology teaches subject expertise and basic methodological skills in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, and petrology as well as in relevant engineering subjects. In addition to the geo-specific basic principles, it builds on a practical foundation, focusing especially on mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering, while also encompassing the ecological, legal, economic, and social aspects of geo-technological actions. One key element of your education is taking on tasks in current research and applied projects.

DegreeMaster of Science
Standard period of study 4 semesters
Credit points120
Program start Winter semester
Admission Open admission
Language of instruction German

Admission requirements

The formal admission requirement for the consecutive master’s program in Geotechnology is a first university degree in geotechnology or a closely related subject qualifying the applicant for professional work.

The Geotechnology master’s program is taught in German. If you are applying with a foreign school-leaving certificate, you must provide proof of German skills at a specific level. This is a prerequisite for admission. Knowledge of English is useful as some courses/modules are offered in English. However, this is not a condition for admission to studies.

You can find more information about the admission requirements in the admission regulations of the degree program (see the link "Study and examination regulations").

Program structure

The master’s program in Geotechnology offers you a spectrum of core subjects that provide you with the opportunity to set various concentrations. This includes the areas of applied geophysics, hydrogeology, engineering geology and mineralogy-geochemistry.

The program is divided into compulsory, compulsory elective, and elective components. The compulsory component encompasses a total of 63 credit points including the master's thesis. An additional 24 credit points are assigned to areas of specialization taken as compulsory components and 12 for those taken as compulsory elective components. The elective component encompasses 21 credit points.

The objectives and further structure of the program as well as the examination requirements and details on how the examinations are carried out are set down in the study and examination regulations.

There is a proposed course schedule for the degree program. This is a recommendation for how to complete the degree program within the standard period of study of four semesters. You can find it as an annex to the study and examination regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

Content and modules

The master’s degree program in Geotechnology consists of modules which combine curriculum content on a specific topic and often include various study and teaching formats such as lectures, practical tutorials, seminars, and practical projects. Depending on their area of specialization, students will acquire technical knowledge and skills in the areas of hydrogeology, engineering geology, geophysics and geochemistry/mineralogy. Depending on the area of specialization, they participate in a number of field trips lasting several days. Students are required to earn a specific number of credit points and complete certain coursework and assessments in each module.

A current overview of all modules is available in TU Berlin’s module transfer system (MTS). The MTS also provides an overview of which modules are mandatory for your degree program and which are elective. Detailed module descriptions provide information about the content, learning objectives, participation requirements, workload, type of assessment, and much more.

The module catalogue is based on the study and exam regulations. The most current version of the regulations applies to applicants.

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Internships

An internship is not a compulsory component of the program.

Stays abroad

You can generally complete parts of the program abroad, either in the form of study abroad or internships. General information concerning stays abroad is available from the TU Berlin International Office (study abroad) or the Career Service (internships abroad).

Acquired skills

The Geotechnology master’s program equips you with theoretical and practical key skills in applied geophysics, hydrogeology, engineering geology and applied geochemistry. These are complemented by specialized knowledge in natural sciences and engineering as well as additional disciplines in geotechnology and geosciences. You obtain skills for exploring, assessing, and optimally using geo-potentials and geo-resources and also develop a fundamental understanding of geo-processes and geo-risks.

After your studies

As a graduate of the master’s program in Geotechnology, you can work independently in various areas. Classic and current fields of work as well as those focused on the future are:

  • Exploration, assessment, and use of geo-resources in general and especially mineral resources and ore deposits,
  • Analysis and management of groundwater reserves,
  • Building sites for all types of structures in urban infrastructure, traffic infrastructure, ports, dams, etc.
  • Energy supply, raw energy materials, natural sources such as geothermal energy and hydropower,
  • Raw material technology, geomaterials,
  • Environmental protection,
  • Development or further development of geophysical, geochemical, and geological methods of exploration,
  • Waste disposal including temporary and final storage, residues, radioactive and chemical-toxic waste,
  • Landscape planning and use,
  • Development of settlement strategies,
  • Exploration, assessment, and prevention of geo-risks or natural catastrophes,
  • Earth's climate system and climate history,
  • Exploring and assessing currently uninhabited living spaces and polar regions, ocean floors, the moon and planets.

With a Master of Science in Geotechnology, you can work in private and state institutions. Among others, this includes: state and federal agencies for geosciences, raw materials, the environment, energy; mid-sized industrial companies for energy and exploring and exploiting raw materials; international exploration and development companies; engineering and planning offices; construction companies and building material manufacturers; environmental organizations and NGOs; software developers; the (re)insurance branch; professional authorities and approval agencies; universities and non-university research institutions.

Further information & downloads

Guidance and choosing the right degree program: Academic Advising Service

Questions about the degree program: Course Guidance and Infotalk (in German)

General questions: Student Info Services

Application and enrollment: Office of Student Affairs - Graduate Admissions 

Recognition of previously acquired credits: Examination Board

Subject-specific Counseling and Services

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