Degree Programs

Study programs are listed under their official names (usually in German, English in some cases) titles on the left. WS/SS indicates whether the program commences in the winter or summer semester.

Applied + Environmental Geoscience AEG – Master

Faculty Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Target degree Master
Restriction on admission yes
Regular duration of study 4 semester
Admission semester winter semester
Degree type graduate
Language of instruction English only

Course content

For detailed information see the program's web pages:



Study Outline

The M.Sc. program "Applied & Environmental Geoscience" (AEG) is an international research-oriented study program focusing on the evaluation and solution of environmental problems. Special emphasis is given to environmental problems in the subsurface such as the pollution of drinking water supplies from groundwater resources, the non-sustainable use of natural resources, the impact of short and long term waste disposal, the impact of climate and land-use change on soil and water quality.

The program aims for a comprehensive understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological process mechanisms in the geo- and hydrosphere. Students from various science backgrounds learn to qualitatively and quantitatively address complex processes in soils, water and air and to evaluate environmental risks based on multi-disciplinary approaches.


AEG is a 2-year program, beginning in the winter semester of each year. It consists of a suite of 6 compulsory modules (36 credits), 9 elective modules (54 credits) and a Master thesis (30 credits).
The first semester with the compulsory modules "Hydrogeology", "Aquatic and Environmental Chemistry" and "Environmental Modeling 1" introduces students to the necessary theoretical and quantitative aspects of environmental and applied geosciences. The following semesters allow students an individual focus of studies. By choosing the appropriate elective modules students can specialize in

  • Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology
  • Environmental Physics and Environmental Modeling

In the compulsory modules "Scientific Practise 1+2" and "Scientific Presentation" students gain additional practical interdisciplinary skills, and benefit from close interaction with staff and research groups as well as an early start of the master thesis in the 3rd semester.


Further information on the modules

Selection process

Selection procedure

To apply for the AEG program please follow the online application procedure on the University's website:


For information on the application and selection criteria see the program’s web page

Admission prerequisites

Entrance requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Geosciences, Geoecology, Geophysics, Mineralogy, Physical Geography, Soil Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Sciences, Civil Engineering or a field related to environmental sciences
  • Good background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics
  • Overall grade (CGPA) equivalent to or better than 2,5 German grading system
  • English language proficiency: English test certificate (minimum TOEFL iBT 79 points or IELTS 6.0) or another proof of proficiency equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework CEFR

Combination options

Possible Combinations

The AEG program cannot be complemented with a minor subject.

Professional fields

Job perspectives

Focused on quantitative and multidisciplinary approaches the AEG program offers graduates a wide platform for an academic career as well as excellent job perspectives in the private sector. Main fields of employment are:

  • Further academic research career
  • Environmental Consultant in areas such as Brown field redevelopment, Characterization of sites (hydrogeology, geophysics, chemical and microbiological analysis), Land Recycling/Land Development, Project development, Environmental risk assessment, Modeling of flow and reactive transport in subsurface systems, Environmental analytics
  • Environmental Protection Agencies

PhD options

PhD Possibility

For further information see the website Faculty of Science - Doctoral Studies



Dr. Peter Merkel

Hölderlinstr. 12, Room No. 236

72074 Tübingen, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)7071 - 29-78921

Email: aeg.msc(at)

Subject-related counselling

Course Counselling

Dr. Peter Merkel

phone: +49-(0)7071-29-78921

email: aeg.msc[at]

Examination office

Exam regulations

You can find a formal description of the degree here.

Module handbook

You can find an overview of courses and modules here.

Faculty student council


So far over 270 students from 66 countries graduated in AEG, see the AEG Alumni-Website.

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