International Programmes 2020/2021

Experimental Geosciences (MSc) Experimental Geosciences (MSc)

University of Bayreuth • Bayreuth

Master of Science
Teaching language
  • English

A complete study programme in English is possible. Not all selective subjects are taught in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter and summer semester
Application deadline

15 June for the winter semester
15 December for the summer semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

The MSc programme in Experimental Geosciences pursues training and research in one of the central areas in Earth Sciences: the characterisation of physical and chemical properties of Earth materials to advance the understanding of processes in and properties of the solid earth. Through the approach based on earth materials the programme in Experimental Geosciences encompasses a number of traditional scientific fields: mineralogy, crystallography, solid state physics, inorganic chemistry, material sciences, geo- and cosmochemistry, as well as geophysics. Only by integrating these diverse subfields in one study programme and research effort one can advance the understanding of the solid Earth.

The programme is built on the scientific and experimental expertise of the "Bayerisches Geoinstitut" (Bavarian Geoinstitute, BGI) that combines:

  • Analytical methods to characterise samples
  • Synthesis methods at high pressure and temperature
  • In-situ methods for measuring physical properties
  • Theory and models to simulate material properties

In the MSc programme students will be trained in many of these techniques. They will build up a solid expertise in Earth materials research that is also applicable in many fields of applied materials research.

The laboratory-based work is supplemented by literature and research seminars that prepare the students to find literature on a subject and to critically evaluate scientific literature.

Course organisation

The programme is organised in four major module areas, and encompasses a total of 120 ECTS credit points (CP). The module areas are:
A. Experimental Methods (20 CP)
B. Research Techniques, including three one-semester long research projects with research reports (57 CP)
C. Optional/elective courses (11 CP) in any of the following subjects:

  • The solid Earth
  • Solid state physics
  • Material sciences and catalysis
  • Information technology
  • Crystallography
  • Environmental geochemistry

D. Master's thesis (26 CP) with presentation of work in Institute Seminar (6 CP) in the final semester of the curriculum. After completion of the Master's thesis, there will be an oral exam.

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A Diploma supplement will be issued
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
The course of study can be taken entirely online
Digital learning and teaching modules
  • Virtual classrooms
Description of e-learning elements

Some classes are now supported with online material, such as scripts, teaching videos and online lectures. Video conferences are used for interaction between students and lecturers, both for lectures and seminars.

Participation in the e-learning course elements is compulsory
Can ECTS points be acquired by taking the online programmes?
Can the e-learning elements be taken without signing up for the course of study?
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution
In Germany, students at all higher education institutions must pay a semester contribution. This payment (at the University of Bayreuth: 107.81 EUR per semester) has nothing to do with tuition fees; rather, it covers your contributions to student services and the student government. At the University of Bayreuth (which combines the campus in Bayreuth and our new faculty VII located in Kulmbach), it includes a "semester ticket" that allows you to use public transport in the region.
Costs of living
The cost of living in Germany, e.g., accommodation, food, clothing and recreational activities, is about average compared to other European countries. Living expenses are significantly lower than in countries like Denmark, Luxembourg or Switzerland but rather high compared to countries like Poland, the Czech Republic or Italy. Compared to other large German cities, such as Munich, Berlin or Hamburg, Bayreuth's low cost of living and affordable housing make the city and the region particularly attractive to young people and families.The DAAD website will tell you what living expenses to expect in Germany:
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Scholarships awarded via the International Office You can apply for the scholarships (monthly payments: 300 EUR) starting in the third semester of study; scholarship funding cannot be provided during the first two semesters of study. You must submit the following documents next to your application: Enrolment certificate | Copy of passport and residence permit | Letter of recommendation from an instructor at the University of Bayreuth | Evidence of coursework completed at the University of Bayreuth, including grades | CV Please check:
Academic admission requirements

A Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent in a natural science or a related engineering field is required, with at least a grade of good (2.5 in the German grading system).

For an application, the following material must be submitted:

  • Application form, which can be found on the website of the programme
  • Official BSc (or equivalent) degree certificate
  • Official transcript of BSc studies with a list of courses taken and grades obtained
  • If the BSc will be obtained only between the application date and the start of the MSc studies, an official certificate of the classes attended and the grades obtained must be provided. The BSc certificate must be presented when registering for the programme.
  • Demonstration that during the applicant's study course work in physics/geophysics and in chemistry/geochemistry has been performed, each with a minimum of 8 credit points
  • CV in tabulated form
  • Evidence of strong command of English (details see below)
  • Statement explaining your interest in studying "Experimental Geosciences", not to exceed two pages (12pt font, in English)
  • Contact information for a former supervisor: Your former supervisor should be available to send a letter of reference on your behalf to the university.
Language requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency by one of the following:

  • A language test equivalent to at least the level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • Complete BSc studies in English
  • A BSc thesis completed in English
  • High School studies in English
Application deadline

15 June for the winter semester
15 December for the summer semester

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Possibility of finding part-time employment

There are many ways for international students in Germany to earn money while they study, for example, as wait staff, academic assistants or private tutors, but there are some restrictions. For more detailed information, please visit:


Accommodation for students
Bayreuth and Kulmbach have a number of student dormitories (both private dormitories and dormitories offered by the Association for Student Affairs) and a vast array of private rooms available. Under no circumstances should you assume that you will be assigned a room in the student dormitories! You will need to actively search for a room on your own – either in a private dormitory or on the private market.

More information regarding accommodation for students is available here: Please also read the DAAD’s information.

Accommodation for international guests
All other international guests are requested to register via the Welcome Services Database (WelSe).

Accommodation for short visits
For short visits, we recommend searching for accommodation on Airbnb. In addition, a limited number of apartments are available in the Alexander von Humboldt Guest House.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Accompanying programme
  • Visa matters
Supervisor-student ratio

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The University of Bayreuth is a dynamic campus university with about 13,500 students. Beyond the interdisciplinary research focus and excellence in teaching, the university has a clear vision of social responsibility and entrepreneurship. 

We have a close network of strategically selected, international research partners and have strategic partnerships with universities around the globe. A wide range of innovative BA, MA and PhD programmes as well as our international summer schools are conducted in English. Presently there are around 1,770 international students from more than 100 countries on campus. Focus areas in research include Nonlinear Dynamics, Polymer and Colloid Science, Molecular Biosciences, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, New Materials, African Studies, High Pressure and High Temperature Research, Cultural Encounters and Transcultural Processes, Innovation and Consumer Protection, Food and Health Sciences, Energy Research and Energy Technology, Governance and Responsibility.

Our university has an outstanding staff-student ratio. Our high performance levels, multidisciplinary collaborations and scientific excellence result in high ranking positions. In the 2019 THE ranking “151 under 50”, the University of Bayreuth achieved a top position among the best universities in Germany. We have proven expertise in campus and curriculum internationalisation, which is confirmed by the results of the extended internationalisation audit conducted by the German Rectors’ Conference, a close and successful project cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and a number of Alexander von Humboldt Awards for our international management and service

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