MSc in Geology

Aarhus University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
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About this program

MSc in Geology

An In-Depth and Practical Analysis of Our Changing Planet

The MSc in Geology at Aarhus University has both practical and theoretical approaches and involves classroom teaching and field excursions. Students learn how to analyze a geological problem by setting up a working model, collecting and analyzing data from the field or laboratory, using it in numerical models, and producing a scientific report.

The Program is flexible and research-centered, encouraging students to expand their knowledge and tailor their research to suit their own personal and professional interests.

There are many different specializations to choose from. The MSc Program is designed to address societal challenges and educate candidates to find solutions to mi􀆟gate and monitor soil and water pollution, find suitable locations for green-energy systems, and produce solutions to various other climate issues.

specialized Research

Teaching in the Geology MSc Program is research-based and operating at the highest international level. The Department of Geoscience is ranked amongst the top 100 worldwide and is renowned for its research in quaternary geology, hydrogeology, basins and reservoirs, sedimentology, micropalaeontology and climate research, petrology, and geochemistry.

At the Department, students have the brilliant opportunity to work closely with department staff from both Denmark and abroad. Many of our MSc students collaborate closely with researchers in our specialized research groups, or partner up with private companies and public institutions.

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits in geology, as well as 30 ECTS within fundamentals in geophysics, programming, physics, mathematics (calculus), chemistry, statistics, and 10 ECTS in the following subjects can qualify the student for admission:

  • Petrology/geochemistry/structural geology/resource geology
  • Hydrogeology/hydrology
  • Quaternary geology/glaciology/climate
  • Sedimentology/stratigraphy/basins

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Program content

The MSc in Geology is a two-year Program offering four different specializations: Water, Climate and Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, and Deep Earth Systems.

The main specialisation is chosen in the first year, and can be combined with courses from other specializations. Modules in each specialisation are either 5 or 10 ECTS. A full year of study is 60 ECTS. The second year is dedicated to the Master’s thesis.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
  • Others: €15,300

Career paths

Our graduates are in high demand and most find jobs shortly after graduation. Furthermore, Aarhus will be the centre for Water Valley Denmark, which has the ambition of being world-leading in sustainable water technology, thus creating numerous new jobs in the field.

Geologists find work in both the private and public sectors in Denmark and abroad, working in areas such as environmental and resource consulting, water supply, environmental clean-up, foundation soundings for e.g., offshore wind turbines, geothermal energy, raw materials industry (gravel, sand and metals), education and research, as well as product development with geomaterials. Some jobs may involve fieldwork.


About this institute

Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!

Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...

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Why study at Aarhus University

An international and diverse university

Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

A comprehensive university

Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

Contact info

Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

Phone no: +45 8942 1111
Fax +45 8942 1109


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