Earth Sciences (Master)

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The master’s programme in Earth Sciences provides students with a comprehensive education in earth sciences and a specialisation in one of the following four subject areas: geology, mineralogy and geo-materials, palaeobiology and geobiology, or applied geosciences. Graduates have acquired knowledge of field work in earth sciences, modern methods of observations in the field, laboratory work and instrumental analytics, computer-based data analysis and quantitative modelling. By expanding their theoretical and practical knowledge, they have developed the basis for independent academic and application-oriented work. Therefore, graduates of the master’s programme in Earth Sciences are particularly qualified to think in interdisciplinary and multi-scale terms. The specific knowledge and practical skills acquired during the programme prepare them for future employment, in particular in application-oriented areas of earth sciences and in academic research.

The instruction languages are German and English, therefore English language knowledge is recommended at B2 level (according to Common European Framework of Reference).

Master of Science

Degree Programme Code:

066 815

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination


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Data updated on: 5.8.2021

*Click here for further information on statistical data in the field of teaching and learning. (in German)


Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of a core module, compulsory modules (to choose from: geology, mineralogy and geo-materials, palaeobiology and geobiology, or applied geosciences), elective modules, a master’s thesis and a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies:

  • Hydrogeology
  • Mineralogy
  • Palaeobiology
  • Lithosphere dynamics
  • Sedimentology

... and many more.


 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Graduates can pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • research institutions
  • industrial sector, construction industry, construction and civil engineering office
  • public authorities and administrative office
  • museum
  • insurance companies
  • international organisations
  • science journalism.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University asks graduates to provide their opinion about the degree programme immediately after graduating. The survey results show how graduates evaluate the degree programme they completed from a subject-specific and organisational perspective.


The graduate survey is an important feedback tool for continuously improving the quality of studies.

Graduates ...

  • say that this degree programme receives the grade: 2.1 (good)
  • rate the level of difficulty as: 3.6 (high)

→ These results are based on feedback from 28 graduates.

*Detailed information about the implementation, analysis and use of the survey as well as further data can be found in the master's programme in Earth Sciences graduation survey (in German).

Career Tracking of Graduates

The tracking of graduates provides information about the career paths of the University of Vienna graduates and aims at providing guidance for career entry after graduation (e.g. questions about the duration of job search until first employment after graduation, salary development and sectors that graduates are active in).

3 years after graduation ...

  • 84% of graduates residing in Austria are gainfully employed.
  • graduates earn approx. € 3,135 gross/month.
  • 33% of graduates work in the architectural and engineering activities sector.

*You can find precise information on implementation, evaluation and use as well as further data for this degree programme in the graduate tracking "MA Earth Sciences".