Geowissenschaften (Master of Science)

Conditions of admission


Course content and focus areas  Geoscience examines temporal and spatial changes in Earth’s system, changes that are linked to the features and material composition of geo matter by observing, measuring and modelling. The dimensions range from the smallest temporal and spatial units (e.g. atmospheric discharges or crystalline structures) up to the age of Earth, the global continental drift and mantle convection. The diverse interactions require intensive co-operation among very different disciplines.

At the Department of Geoscience/Geography at Goethe Universität Frankfurt, these disciplines are meteorology, physical geography, geology, palaeontology, mineralogy and geophysics. There are also close links with the Senckenberg Museum and the Institute of Applied Geosciences at TU Darmstadt. Lectures given by members of both institutions are included in the programme. The Master’s programme in Geoscience is based on traditional earth sciences and students receive instruction in geology, palaeontology, geophysics and mineralogy. The Master’s programme can follow a Bachelor’s degree. Students on the study programme can specialise in geology, geophysics, mineralogy or palaeontology.
Detailed information Information from the department
Study regulations
Degree Master of Science in Geosciences
Duration The standard length of study for the Master of Science is 4 semesters.
Languages of instruction German
Start of the programme The study programme starts at the beginning of the winter or summer semester.
Student advisory service You can get further information here.

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Conditions of admission

Admission requirements
  • Precondition for admission to the Master’s programme is a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience from a German higher education institution or a Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience or another natural sciences degree that is recognised as equivalent by the examination board
  • The examination board decides who is admitted onto the Master’s programme, and whether exceptions can be made if necessary, based on the request submitted by candidates. The application must include the usual documents such as records, certificates, CV etc. as well as a ‘diploma supplement’ and a short written statement about the student’s concrete plans for the study programme (e.g. the desired specialist area).
  • The student must have satisfactory English language skills as some lectures are also taught in English. 
  • Applicants who do not have a German university entrance qualification, nor do they have a degree from a German higher education institution, are obliged to submit proof of adequate German language skills.
Provisional admission

Provisional admission is possible if at least 80% of the required CP for the bachelor's degree have been completed and if the Bachelor's thesis has been finalised or is about to be submitted. Provisional admission is valid until the end of the first semester of the master’s program. The bachelor’s degree must thus be handed in by March 31 (winter intake) or September 30 (summer intake) the latest. 

Mode of admission Admission is not restricted. Students will be admitted directly if the admission requirements are met in full.

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Documents to be submitted
  • if you are not already enrolled at Goethe-University Frankfurt:
    university entrance qualification (e.g. A-Levels)
  • Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • if the Bachelor's degree has not yet been completed:
    a transcript of records or equivalent document listing the content of the study programme and average grade
  • Letter of recommendation from the supervisor of your Bachelor's thesis (Download)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • if the first degree was obtained at an international higher education institution:
    certificate of German language skills. See here for more information about the required German language skills.
  • APS certificate for applicants from India, Vietnam and PR of China (original)
Application period

01.05. - 31.08. for the winter semester
01.12. - 31.01. for the summer semester

Address for applications Online application portal for the Master’s programmes  

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