Master of Science in Geology

The master's programme in Geology offers an in-depth training in general geology and a specialized training in selected disciplines of geology. The programme offers the possibility to specialise in one of the majors offered.

Master's Programme
2 year 120 credits
Faculty of Sciences
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The Geology programme - organised jointly by Ghent University and KU Leuven - offers an in-depth training in general geology and a specialised training in selected disciplines of geology. The emphasis is on acquiring general academic skills such as research and exploration, reporting, co-operation with fellow students and researchers. Our students receive the necessary training to analyse and solve new, broader and more complex geological problems. They acquire the scientific-academic attitude to solve these problems by selecting and applying advanced methods (qualitative and quantitative field analysis, direct and indirect observation techniques, physical and chemical analytical techniques, modelling of geological processes, …).

We expect our students to have a hands-on knowledge of the techniques and basic principles, and to be able to appraise the potential as well as the limitations of these techniques. In a rational and scientific manner, our students are able to process and to report their research results, to publish them in reports and in a Master’s dissertation (monograph), and to present and defend these results orally in a structured manner, aided by modern communication techniques.

A Geology graduate possesses the social attitudes and skills to work in an interdisciplinary team and aims to reach the best possible coherent solution for a specific problem.

For whom

The admission requirements vary. Depending on your prior education, you are either able to enrol directly, or there are additional requirements.


The master's programme offers the possibility to specialise in one of the four majors offered:

  • Basins and Orogens (60 ECTS credits)
  • Groundwater and Mineral Resources (60 ECTS credits)
  • Geodynamics and Georesources (54 ECTS credits)
  • Surface Processes and Paleo-environments (55 ECTS credits)

Depending on your choice of major, you take up an additional 30 to 36 ECTS-credits worth of elective course units. The second year of the Master’s curriculum contains a 30 ECTS credits-worth research project (Master’s dissertation). The Master’s dissertation is an original piece of research. Its aim is to develop and strengthen the students’ research skills. Students select a topic and receive guidance from a supervisor. The Master’s dissertation consists of a literature review, practical research, and an original analysis of the chosen topic.

In addition to the (domain) Master’s programme described above, you can also choose a Master’s Programme in Teaching (in Dutch: Educatieve Master). The Educatieve Master, however, is a Dutch-taught programme. Find out more at (in Dutch).

Labour Market

Our programme’s strong multidisciplinary character opens career perspectives in innovative research, in dynamic industrial sectors, at government agencies, NGOs, ... . In addition, students of the Geology programme gradually acquire the huge advantage of becoming proficient in English on a professional level. The world will be your oyster!