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Geoscience, Department

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
GeoZentrum Nordbayern
Schloßgarten 5
D-91054 Erlangen
Telephone: +49 9131 85-22615

Uni Erl.-Nürnb./Erlangen
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Basic information

Total number of students at the department


Number of master degree students (w/o teacher qualification)


Percentage of teaching by practitioners


Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's


Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase

12/14 points

Job market- and career-orientation

Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment


Master theses in cooperation with work environment



Publications per academic


Citations per publication


Third party funds per academic

106,600 €

Doctorates per professor


Research reputation


Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support
Support in studies
Courses offered
Study organisation
Exam organisation
Laboratory internships
Research orientation
Offers for career orientation
Support for stays abroad

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Overall study situation
Return rate of the questionnaires


Further information provided by the department

Special features regarding teaching

At the GeoCenter, the research focus is reflected in the teaching: Causes and consequences of climate change, securing and sustainable use of resources, development and optimisation of materials, geodynamics and evolution of life. Depending on your interests, you can choose between two fields of study in the B.Sc. and three in the M.Sc. In the M.Sc. the fields of study Palaeobiology and Climate and Earth Systems are offered in English, all other fields of study are offered in German. The MSc course in Geothermal Energy/Geoenergy is a joint degree programme in cooperation with the TU Munich.

Exchange universities for stay abroads

Italien, Catania; Frankreich, Lyon; Ungarn, Budapest; Spanien, Barcelona

Special features regarding the equipment

Our spectrum comprises: Mineral analysis (X-Ray facilities, Electron microprobe, Calorimetry, Thermal analyses); Rock fabrics analysis (Rockmagnetic laboratory, Crystallographic orientation analysis); Analysis of fine structures (SEM-EDX, EBSD, CT-Scanner, Cathodoluminescence); Petrophysics (Porosimetry, Permeametry, Lasergranulometry, Thermal conductivity, Ultrasonic velocities); Geochemical analysis (Class <1000 metal-free clean room lab for isotope and trace element analysis, aqueous field and laboratory analysis, XRF, LA ICP-MS, solution ICP-MS); Isotope analysis.

Special features regarding research activities

The GeoCentre has an international reputation in climate impact research and paleoenvironmental reconstruction, georesource research, and construction chemistry and materials research. Participation in international ship cruises and the IPCC reflect this, as do the many cooperative ventures with industry. Here, the cooperation of hydro- and engineering geology with other institutes on water quality and natural hazards should be mentioned, as well as materials research in mineralogy or research on the geothermal use of deep reservoirs in sedimentology.

Support for founders

Students are supported and advised by the FAU start-up centres. There are regular events and courses specifically geared towards business start-ups.

Other special features

The Geosciences department at the FAU is one of the leading departments in Europe for isotope analyses.

Further information on research activities




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(S) = Students' judgements

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(P) = Professors' judgements


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Last Update 2021: Data collected by the CHE Center for Higher Education
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