M.Sc. Marine Geosciences

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The Master programme Marine Geosciences starts in winter terms - in October.


The Master programme has 4 semesters with 120 ECTS-points (90 ECTS-points for modules and 30 ECTS-points master thesis) and is presented as full time programme.

The programme is certified until September 2023 by the system certification of the CAU.


To apply for the programme, candidates need to fulfil the following requirements:

- Bachelor Degree with GPA 2.5 or better with a minimum of 50 ECTS-points collected on geoscientific subjects. Additional requirements will be obligatory if only 40 ECTS-points are provided by geoscientific subjects (set of courses with maximum 30 ECTS-points)

- proof of English language skills

- successfully submitted application documents.


The application process will be organized solely electronically: Start application process here.


Deadline for application for winter term 2021/22 is 30th April 2021 (application is possible at the 1st February 2021)


Please be ready to provide the following information/documents:

1) Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)

2) Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)

3) Certificate and Transcript of Records (please also provide an overview table that shows ECTS-points or hours of course you choose in a) Geosciences, b) Geophysics, c) Mineralogy)

4) Proof of Bachelor of Sciences in a relevant field - with a grade of 2.5 or better

5) Proof of proficiency in English (unless you are native English speaker)

6) Certified copies of the following: a) certification of the university entrance qualification, b) certificate of academic diplomas, c) official academic transcripts from all universities attended.

Please note: If the original language of the documents is not German or English, an official certified translation is required.


Enrolment at CAU

After successful application process the registration will be supported by the  International Center at CAU.



Study contents

The internationally oriented graduate study programme Master of Science 'Marine Geosciences' promotes the latest state of marine geosciences and technology, in particular in the areas marine costal geology, past climates, biogeochemistry and paleoecology. The degree programme shall provide the student with the knowledge of fundamental terms of geological, biological, geochemical and physical processes in the ocean. Both basic and applied research are the objectives of the programme. As a result of the extensive marine sciences spectrum at CAU, the programme offers an insight into modern research topics. The graduate will be able to create and critically assess scientific results and to plan, carry out and evaluate ship and laboratory projects on their own responsibility. Its specific characteristic closely relates to the marine oriented research units at the Institute of Geosciences at CAU Kiel, in intently collaboration with the highly research oriented Helmholtz Centre of Ocean Research GEOMAR. It is precisely this collaboration that verifies interdisciplinary and sound professional education and serves to provide the students with qualifications to work successfully in companies, universities or in other public institutions both at home and abroad. Since the research of marine sciences is mainly international oriented, this programme is designed as an international study and all courses are offered in English.
The courses offered can be subdivided into three categories, which modules are corequisite: core-courses, specialization and comprehensive courses. There are obligatory courses (69 credit points), which cover all aspects of Marine Geosciences (lectures and exercises) and will be completed by additional courses of the degree programmes 'Climate Physics' and 'Geophysics'. Furthermore the participation in marine or terrestrial field campaigns and / or project oriented data evaluation are obligatory.



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