The focus of this sub-area is the investigation of the structure, physical properties and history of the earth.
Geology also deals with
- the formation and development of continents and oceans;
- the formation and destruction of mountains; and
- the long-term conservation of soil and water.
Geophysics explores the physical properties of the earth, investigating fundamental questions about its geodynamic processes (e.g. plate tectonics, earthquakes). How are these processes driven and why do they emerge?
Another important aspect is the understanding and application of geophysical methods that enable deep insights into the earth.
This sub-area is centred around experiments and analysis, focusing on the formation and properties of rocks and minerals. These investigations provide impetus for the exploration of deposits and the development of technically important solids, such as metals, semiconductors, glass and ceramics, as well as new functional materials that have become an indispensable part of everyday life.
More detailed information can be found in the module catalogue for the study programm [in German].External link
- Close network: You will have lots of opportunities to participate in cutting-edge applied research projects de thanks to the University’s outstanding laboratory facilities, collaboration with local industry and commerce, and institutions like the Geodynamic Observatory MoxaExternal link, the Seismic Network of ThuringiaExternal link and the Mineralogical Collection de.
- Variety: Thanks to Jena’s location at the heart of Germany, lots of interesting destinations can be included in the study programme. That is why excursions, fieldtrips and internships are often part of the study plan.
- Adventures abroad: You can easily realize your dream of completing a semester abroad during the fifth semester without having to extend your study programme. Our University has a global network of partner universities.
University entrance qualification
A university entrance qualification, such as a general secondary school leaving certificate, is required for admission onto the study programme.
More information on university entrance qualifications can be found here.
The study programme is taught in German. You must therefore have a very good command of German at the start of the study programme.
Proficiency in English is required; students must submit evidence of their language skills (except German—see above) when registering the subject of their bachelor’s thesis at the latest.
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