Master's Programme Earth Science

Faculty Faculty of Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Duration / ECTS-Credits 4 semesters / 120 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Master of Science (MSc)
Qualification Level
Master (Second Cycle)
ISCED-F 0532 Earth Sciences
Mode of Study
Full-Time
Study Code
C 066 815
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum (2007W) *
Admission Requirements
Relevant bachelor's degree or equivalent
Application


* Information on the Curriculum (2007W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,  available at: http://orawww.uibk.ac.at/public/lfuonline_meinestudien.studienblatt
  Section: Current Curriculum version.


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Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 scheme
 Definition
 %-age
      
 1  EXCELLENT:
 Outstanding performance
35,0
= 100%

 2

 GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
37,2
 3  SATISFACTORY:
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
18,9
 4  SUFFICIENT:
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
8,9
 5  INSUFFICIENT:
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work
     

Source: Academic year 2016/2017


Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded, in accordance with § 73 Para 3 UA, only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Requirements

Relevant bachelor's degrees at the University of Innsbruck:


Criteria for the determination of equivalence:

Admission to the master's degree programme may also be possible if a student has completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant related field. As part of the determination of equivalence, the following core areas of the completed bachelor's degree programme will be assessed:

  •  15 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Geological Field Work and Cartography
  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Mineralogy
  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Petrology
  • 7.5 ECTS-Credits Core Area: Petrography and Microscopy

In the event that equivalence has been established in principle but with certain qualifications missing for full equivalence, supplemental examinations may be required. These examinations must be completed during the master degree programme.

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 4 semesters or 120 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Regional Geology
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Analytical Techniques
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Tectonics
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Metamorphic and Magmatic Rocks

Second Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
15.0 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis › continue fourth semester!

Fourth Semester »

› 12.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
7.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module
2.5 ECTS-Credits: Master's Thesis Defence

Graphic chart »

Recommended course sequence for Master's Programme in Earth Science

Qualification Profile and Skills 

The Master's Programme Earth Sciences is aimed at graduates of the Bachelor's Programme Earth and Atmosphere Sciences and students with a comparable bachelor's degree. The programme offers a study duration of two years with in-depth knowledge of earth sciences with the ability to focus on geology or mineralogy-petrology reflecting current developments in core areas of earth sciences in an international context. The programme comprises five compulsory modules and eight elective modules. Students learn the meaning of scientific research including goal and results-oriented approaches; and in the course of their master's thesis, they learn how to independently manage a project.

Expected Learning Outcomes 

Graduates possess highly specialized knowledge in the field of geology and mineralogy/petrology. They are able to analyse earth-related issues with scientific methods and thus to measure, interpret and evaluate solutions to problems and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The career fields for graduates of the Master's Programme Earth Sciences are diverse, ranging from a scientific career, to careers in construction, the environmental sector, the detection of raw materials, or the mining and chemical industries.

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Information about the Programme (in German only)

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Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr.rer.nat Roland Stalder

Dean of Studies
Ao.Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Ernst Steinicke

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