Name of the course: Hydrology and Environmental Geoscience (HEG)
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Study period: 4 semester Start: winter semester (October)
Application deadline: Closing date for non-EU applicants: April 15 (receipt of the application at our faculty); Closing date for EU applicants: July 01 (receipt of the application at our faculty)
Admission: restricted (applications to the faculty)
Admission conditions: Bachelor B.Sc.(Geosciences, natural or engineering sciences), international English test
Dr.-Ing Bernd Rusteberg
While the world population tripled during the past 50 years, water demand increased 6 fold. Today, more than 1 billion people worldwide still lack access to clean drinking water. Due to the increasing water scarcity, climate change effects and uncontrolled water pollution from non-sustainable development, serious water crises are to be expected in the near future.
The sustainable management and protection of groundwater resources with innovative strategies is gaining increased importance.
The complexity of water resources management requires highly qualified and interdisciplinary experts.
The new international Master Programme “Hydrogeology and Environmental Geoscience (HEG)“ at the University of Göttingen qualifies professionals for the groundwater resources and environmental technology sector. With a modern interdisciplinary and international approach to teaching and learning, the course provides state-of-the-art knowledge together with practical skills.
The lectures convey modern know-how in the fields of: integrated water resources management, contaminant transport in the subsurface and groundwater in fractured systems. Special attention is given to practical and quantitative approaches: e.g. saltwater intrusion; usage of alternative water resources (artificial recharge); environmental monitoring and remediation; water pollution control; contaminant treatment technologies; systems, surface and groundwater modelling.
Emphasis is placed on water scarcity problems in semi-arid regions and developing countries.
The course aim is to prepare its participants for professional work as hydrogeologists, water resources or environmental experts, in research, consulting or administration in the public or private sector.
The Course in Detail
The tuition programme is presented by an international experienced and interdisciplinary team of lecturers from universities, private companies, research institutes and governmental institutions. Tuition includes lectures, practical exercises, software/GIS applications, field/laboratory work and case studies.
The HEG Master Course language is English. The course is composed of obligatory modules, 6 basic followed by 6 advanced. The course is divided into 3 semesters of lectures and practicals, followed by 1 semester to complete the master thesis under supervision. The topic of the master thesis can either be consultancy or research oriented. The assessment of the course is in accordance with the “European Credit Transfer System”. Credit points, assessed by examination or course work, will be awarded for each module.