Discover Earth’s Gigantic Outdoor Laboratory
Geosciences deal with the study of the Earth system and its natural scientific aspects.
A modern industrial society cannot manage without raw materials, so the search for and development of raw material and alternative energy sources has become the guarantor of future prosperity. Using the implementation of the Green Deal as an example, one of the greatest challenges in the future will be to ensure the sustainable supply of raw materials for society, simply because natural resources are finite.
The right programme for you?
Geoscientists see the earth as a gigantic outdoor laboratory. A love of nature and respect for the environment are basic requirements here. You should be just as enthusiastic about natural sciences, and especially about geology, as you are about engineering.
Digitalisation, as the evaluation of large amounts of data and modelling, has also become increasingly important in the geosciences. Working with computers is something you should also enjoy doing. Do you have an interest in foreign cultures along with your affinity for technology and your penchant for accuracy? Then that’s perfect!
What can you expect in the Applied Geosciences programme?
Applied geosciences at the Montanuniversität Leoben deals with the exploration of the subsurface using physical, mineralogical and geological methods. After receiving basic training in the first two semesters, you will not just be spending time in the laboratory or lecture hall, but will also be out and about. Your Bachelor's degree is accompanied by intensive training in the field, national and international excursions and industrial internships.
In the subsequent Master's programme, you can choose between three specialisations depending on your interests. You can either specialise in the exploration of the subsurface with physical methods, which you can later use in geotechnical professions, in tunnel construction, in groundwater mapping, in mining, in the use of the subsurface as an energy store, or in the search for conventional or alternative energy sources and deposits. Or you can focus on geological methods of searching for deposits and the associated environmental aspects. As a third option, you can choose the field of GeoEnergies and work on the sustainable supply of traditional (oil, natural gas) and alternative (geothermal energy, hydrogen) energy sources.
Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Pisa, we can also offer you a Master's degree in Applied Geophysics, where you will spend one or two semesters at our partner university.
What can you expect after your course of study?
The world is yours to discover – in the truest sense of the word. National and international raw material and energy companies, mining companies can be your employers, or companies that are active in raw material processing, material development and recycling.
Applied geosciences are also an important area of environmental protection. Your geo-expertise is in demand in spatial planning, risk analysis of natural hazards, and in the environmental impact assessment of major projects. As a graduate, you can also work in engineering offices, with authorities in the fields of geology, environment or mining, as well as in science and research.