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Geoscience, Department

Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät at the Uni Erl.-Nürnb./Erlangen

GeoZentrum Nordbayern

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General remarks
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Basic information

Teaching in core subjects
Total number of students 350
Percentage of teaching by practitioners 3.0 %
Percentage of teaching by practitioners, master's 7.0 %

Support during the study entry phase

Total score for support in the study entry phase 12/14 points

Results of study

Graduations in appropriate time, undergraduate degrees 97.3 %
Graduations in appropriate time, master's 83.8 %

Job market- and career-orientation

Contact with work environment, bachelor's
Contact with work environment, master's 5/11 points
Bachelor theses in cooperation with work environment 13.9 %
Master theses in cooperation with work environment 13.8 %


Publications per academic 3.7
Citations per publication 4.6
Third party funds per academic 106.6 T€
Doctorates per professor 0.4
Research reputation 7.4 %

Students' assessments on undergraduate, presence-learning-courses

Teacher support 2.4
Support in studies 2.3
Courses offered 2.3
Study organisation 1.5
Exams 2.3
Laboratory internships 2.1
Excursions 1.9
Research orientation 2.2
Job market preparation 2.6
Support for stays abroad
Rooms 2.4
Library 1.8
IT-infrastructure 2.2
Overall study situation 2.3

Degree courses without details

Further degree courses of the department
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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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