M.Sc. in Experimental Geosciences (Germany) Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

University of Bayreuth

Application Deadline

Dec. 15, 2018

Program Commencement

April 1, 2019

Duration of the Program

Four Semesters

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Program Details

The University of Bayreuth is a public research university that features an attractive, modern campus. The M.Sc. program ‘Experimental Geosciences’ is centered on the expertise of the Bayerisches Geoinstitut (BGI). BGI is a central research facility at the University of Bayreuth and one of the leading institutes in research and training in experimental geochemistry and geophysics worldwide.

The M.Sc. program pursues training and research in one of the central areas in Earth Sciences: the characterization 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 program encompasses a number of traditional scientific fields: mineralogy, crystallography, solid state physics, inorganic chemistry, material sciences, geo- and cosmochemistry, as well as geophysics. 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.

Students in the M.Sc. program can be financially supported during their studies by individual fellowships from BGI. More information here.

Eligibility/ Requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or equivalent in a natural science or a related engineering field, with at least a grade of 2.5 (German grading system) are eligible to apply.
Exceptionally qualified applicants will be admitted on basis of the materials submitted. Other well-qualified applicants will participate in a selection process, consisting of a written and oral exam.

Application Process

For an application, the following must be submitted:

  • Application form.
  • Official B.Sc. (or equivalent) degree certificate.
  • Official transcript of B.Sc. studies with a list of courses taken and grades obtained.
  • If the B.Sc. will be obtained only between the application date and the start of the M.Sc. studies, an official certificate of the classes attended and the grades obtained must be provided. The B.Sc. certificate must be presented when registering for the program.
  • Demonstration that the applicant has completed in physics/geophysics (minimum of 8 credit points) and in chemistry/geochemistry (minimum of 8 credit points) during the study course work.
  • CV in tabulated form.
  • Evidence of strong command of English, documented by a high school degree, a B.Sc./ a thesis completed in English/ an English language certificate equivalent to the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • A statement explaining your interest in ‘Experimental Geosciences’, not to exceed 2 pages (12pt font, in English).
  • Contact information for a letter of reference by a former supervisor.

Please clarify details of the application with the coordinator of the program, Dr. Gerd Steinle-Neumann, prior to submission of the application. Your application documents should be sent to Dr. Gerd Steinle-Neumann, preferentially in electronic form as email attachment (original electronic files or scanned copies). Only documents in pdf- or graphic format (gif, jpg, png or similar) will be accepted.

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