Environmental and Georesources Management

Study information
Key facts
Master of Science
4 Semesters
Teaching language
Tuition fee
Semester contribution
€ 265,60
Start of studies
Winter semester, Summer semester
Part-time possible
Application & Deadlines

Programme summary

In addition to central geoscience and environmental technology disciplines, this Master's programme in cooperation with the Ernst-Abbe-University of Applied Science (EAH) is dedicated to various interdisciplinary questions from fields of economics and politics and thus addresses central issues of our time. Questions of environmental and resource protection are often complex and require interdisciplinary approaches of analysis and problem solving. Strong practical relevance and application orientation of the EAH is interlinked with high research competence of the FSU, whereby a strengthening of application-oriented basic research and expansion of economic cooperation can be achieved. This study programme in cooperation with the EAH is intended to qualify graduates for a scientific and engineering approach to issues of environmental protection and conservation of resources.

Special features

In the first year of the Master's programme, students acquire core competences in the fields of environmental technology and geosciences as well as interdisciplinary competences. Essential knowledge about reserves, resources, environmental impact and energy efficiency of industrial processes, application of appropriate numerical and statistical methods and the handling of environmental databases and geoinformation systems shall be imparted. 

The second year of study independent scientific work is the main focus. Thematic coupling of the research-based project module and/or the job-related project module with the master thesis enables you to deal intensively with a scientific topic.

Career opportunities

The array of tasks of graduates ranges from the development and optimization of industrial processes and facilities (f.e. wastewater treatment, energy technology), recycling concepts to the assessment of harmful environmental effects.

Admission requirements

Language Requirements

This master's programme requires the following language proficiency:  

  • English language proficiency at level B1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Missing language proficiency in English can be obtained during the master's studies.
  • international applicants: German language proficiency at minimum level DSH-2 (or a recognised equivalent)


Undergraduate degree or equivalent

For admission to this master's programme, you need to present an undergraduate degree from the subject areas of Earth Sciences, Biogeosciences or Environmental Engineering (minimum 6 semesters/180 ECTS-Credits).

Graduates from neighbouring disciplines can get admission if they can present at least 60 credits (ECTS), obtained in Earth Sciences, Process Engineering or Environmental Engineering.

​The overall grade (CGPA) of the bachelor's degree must be GOOD or better (German system: 2.5).

Application documents


Your CV should have a tabular form, containing key information on your school record and academic career.

Motivation letter

A motivation letter should not exceed the size of two DIN A4-pages and normally, it should contain information on your motivation for taking up this course of studies. You should  elaborate on the following essential questions:

  • Why do you desire taking up this specific course of studies?
  • What are - in your opinion - the main features that this course of studies excels in?
  • Which features of this course have inspired your application? 
  • Why Jena?


University entrance qualification certificate

Please upload at the online application system your university entrance certificate/school leaving certificate. Usually, this means the school graduation diploma (German "Abitur"), i.e. the diploma that makes you eligible for studies at an University or other institution for higher education. Be mindful of the fact that here, we do not need any University diploma but a High School diploma! 

Previous university degrees earned

All previous University degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, etc.) if available before the application deadline - if not, please make a note of the anticipated date of issue of your degree certificate. Please upload your University degree or the most actual, detailed transcript of records/ mark sheet of all semesters available to you, should you not hold your degree certificate at the time of application. The main document is the degree/ transcript based on which you apply for the master programme.

Detailed transcript of records

Detailed transcript of records of your undergraduate degree, with which you apply for the master's programme. This transcript MUST contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark and a minimum of 150 credits must appear on the transcript by the time of your application.

Proof of relevant work experience

Should you have obtained subject-specific work experience, you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Proof of subject-specific practical experience

Should you have obtained subject-specific practical experience (e.g. by internships etc.), you can upload corresponding certificates in order to support your application. 

Additional application documents for international students

Proof of German language proficiency

For German taught master's programmes, i.e. programmes with (predominantly) German as language of instruction, a sufficient German language proficiency proof is mandatory. Please see the information on the language requirements for the master's programme of your interest on the corresponding website.

The Friedrich Schiller University Jena accepts the following certificates as German language proficiency proof exclusively:

  • the Goethe-Zertifikat C2 (GDS),
  • the Deutsche Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz (DSD II),
  • the TestDaF, minimum TDN 4 in all four parts of the examination,
  • Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), min. level 2 (= DSH-2),
  • Certificate telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule (min. level "befriedigend"),
  • a German language examination in the framework of an assessment test at a preparatory college.

Please note: If you do not have the required mandatory German language proficiency proof at the time of applying, you may only apply if you can provide a certificate attesting your German language skills at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as well as a confirmation that you have either registered for the DSH examination, the TestDaF or an equivalent examination or that you have sat it and are going to receive the results before the end of the current semester.

There is also the possibility to apply for the (chargeable) "German Language Course Preparing for the German Language Examination (DSH)" at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Please note: Prerequisites for the application for the preparatory course are language skills at least at the certificate level B1 / GER (e.g. Goethe-Zertifikat B1, TestDaF at least 4x3 and/or 800 teaching units from a recognized language school). For detailed information on the application and further information, please visit the website of the International Office or contact the International Office directly via Mail.

Shortly before taking the DSH-2-Examination or after successfully passing it, you are welcome to apply for a German taught master's programme!

The following applicants are exempted from providing proof of their German language skills:

  • Applicants, who have obtained a German taught bachelor's degree within one of the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. This applies only to degrees that were awarded by a university in the relevant country (no satellite campuses or international branch campuses in other countries, no correspondence course degrees, no joint- or double-degrees with institutions in other countries);
  • Holders of a German, Austrian or Swiss (from school where the language of instruction is German) university entrance qualification.
Translation of foreign/external application documents

Every mandatory application document from foreign/external countries must also be available in either English OR German translation. Such a translation has to be conducted by officially acknowledged/ sworn translators or translation offices.

Proof of grading system

External/foreign degree certificates/ transcripts of records must contain information on the grading system (= description of the maximum grade possible and the minimum passing grade) used at the respective University. 

Certificate APS

Applicants with degrees from India, Vietnam or China must submit the original APS-certificate issued by the German Embassy.

University entrance exam

Applicants from the following countries must submit a certificate of their university entrance examination/college entrance examination:

  • Iran (College entrance examination certificate or certificate of pre-university course/year)
  • Republic of Korea/South Korea: SAT (Scholastic Ability Test)
  • People's Republic of China: College entrance examination certificate ("Gaokao")
Subject Advisor - Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schäfer
Postal address:
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (FSU)
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Burgweg 11
07749 Jena
Subject Advisor - Prof. Dr. Matthias Schirmer
University of Applied Sciences Jena (EAH) - Department of Industrial Engineering, Room 03.03.17
Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 2
07745 Jena
Postal address:
Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena (EAH)
Fachbereich Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen
Carl-Zeiss-Promenade 2
07745 Jena
Master Service Centre
Office hours:
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Friedrich Schiller University Jena
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