MSc in Geology

General

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Program Description

The program provides advanced training in geology, applicable to geological problem-solving. Our graduates have a solid foundation of knowledge in the different core disciplines of geology sciences (mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and paleontology), complemented with advanced skills through specialized studies in selected areas. The field component includes a three-week geological mapping field school.

The program also has an emphasis on practical courses related to mineral exploration, petroleum geology, hydrogeology, and environmental geology. The specialization in petroleum geology and/or hydrogeology provides in-depth training for future specialists in these fields. The degree program prepares both for continuing studies after admission to a doctoral program and work as a geologist primarily in the petroleum industry, in hydrogeology, or in related jobs in the public sector.

Strength of program

The Geology MSc program is taught by highly qualified faculty members of four departments (Physical and Applied Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, and Paleontology). The Program Director is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, six professors hold the doctoral degree of the Academy, other teaching faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees. Three research units, specialized in topics of geology and paleontology, are funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and hosted by the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences.

The highly diverse research portfolio of our staff is focused on (but not restricted to) the geology of Hungary, the Pannonian Basin and the neighboring areas, its hydrocarbon and groundwater systems, mineral resources, as well as basic research in mineralogy, geochemistry, sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology. The results of this research are regularly published in leading international journals, and MSc student thesis projects are often integrated into these larger projects.

Structure

Compulsory courses

  • Rock-forming minerals
  • Paleobiology
  • Petrographic analysis
  • Construction of geological maps and sections
  • Geological mapping field school
  • Geological mapping field school report
  • Paleontological analyses
  • Integrated stratigraphic analysis
  • Structural geology
  • Sedimentology
  • Geology of Hungary and the surrounding regions
  • Introduction to geochemical analytical techniques
  • Rock-water interactions in the rock record
  • Geomathematics
  • Quaternary geology
  • Directed studies–Thesis project 1
  • Directed studies–Thesis project 2

Core elective courses for the specialization - geology, and paleontology

  • Applied micropaleontology
  • Applied micropaleontology practical
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Paleobiology in sauropsid reptiles
  • Paleobiogeography
  • Characteristic fossil assemblages of the Carpathian region
  • Characteristic fossil assemblages of the Carpathian region (practical)
  • Natural hazards
  • Subsurface geological mapping
  • Diagenesis
  • Facies analysis of clastic rocks
  • Correlation of cores, well logs and seismic data
  • Regional geology of the world
  • Digital techniques in seismic and well-log interpretation
  • Geochronological methods
  • Geodynamics of the Pannonian Basin
  • Seismic interpretation
  • Major events in Earth history
  • Facies analysis of clastic rocks

Core elective courses for the specialization - hydrogeology, petroleum geology, and environmental geology

  • Hydrogeology
  • Data processing and analysis in hydrogeology
  • Organic geochemistry
  • Hydrocarbon exploration, production, field development
  • Subsurface geological mapping
  • Correlation of cores, well logs and seismic data
  • Seismic interpretation
  • Geodynamics of the Pannonian Basin
  • Digital techniques in seismic and well-log interpretation
  • Basin analysis and petroleum systems
  • Groundwater flow in drainage basins
  • Groundwater flow in drainage basins practical
  • Field practice in hydrogeology
  • Petroleum hydrogeology
  • Petroleum hydrogeology practical
  • Environmental isotopes
  • Facies analysis of clastic rocks
  • Facies analysis of carbonates
  • Diagenesis
  • Facies analysis of clastic rocks

Core elective courses for the specialization - mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, mineral resources and archeometry

  • Isotope geochronology
  • Environmental isotope geochemistry
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Magmatism in extensional basins
  • Practical micromineralogy
  • Archeometry of stone tools, ceramics, and metals
  • Archeometry of stone tools, ceramics, and metals
  • Examination of geological field samples
  • Petrography and petrogenesis of igneous and metamorphic rocks
  • Volcanology
  • Sedimentary mineral resources
  • Mineral exploration
  • Applied crystal chemistry for geologists
  • Instrumental analytical techniques in geology 1
  • Instrumental analytical techniques in geology 2
  • Instrumental analytical techniques in geology 2 (advanced)
  • Instrumental analytical techniques in geology 2 (basic)
  • Field studies of magmatic and metamorphic minerals, rocks and mineral deposits
  • Mineral deposits 1 (magmatic, metamorphic, hydrothermal)
  • Mineral deposits 1 (magmatic, metamorphic, hydrothermal) practical
  • Fluid inclusion studies

Optional elective courses

  • Environmental history
  • Mesozoic foraminifera studies
  • Paleontology of the Mollusca
  • Modern carbonate sedimentary environments
  • Complex geophysical and geological interpretation practical
  • Oceanography (Marine Sciences)
  • English for geoscientists
  • Unconformity-related phenomena
  • Hypogenic caves in Hungary
  • Hypogenic caves in Hungary field practical
  • Geology of North America
  • Limnology
  • Karst hydrogeology
  • Well logging
  • Well-log interpretation practical
  • Thermodynamics in geochemistry
  • Medical geochemistry
  • Nuclear analytical methods and their application in Earth sciences and archeometry 1
  • Nuclear analytical methods and their application in Earth sciences and archeometry 2
  • Igneous petrogenesis
  • Metamorphic petrology and petrogenesis
  • Advanced petrography
  • Geochemical calculations
  • Petrology of the Earth’s interior
  • Geology of bauxites
  • Hydrothermal systems: mineralogy and geochemistry
  • Soil mineralogy
  • Clay minerals and their transformation processes
  • Structural spectroscopies in geology
  • X-ray diffraction in geology
  • Electron optical methods in geology
  • Practical transmission electron microscopy

Career opportunities

Our graduates are best trained to seek employment in the petroleum industry, with groundwater and geothermal companies, or in the public sector, including universities, geological surveys, and research institutions. Their broad-based geological knowledge will prepare them to work in teams together with geophysicists and other geoscientists. As all courses are offered in English, prospective employers include those located in the graduate’s home country as well as global, multinational companies.

Job examples
  • Petroleum exploration: Our graduates find project geologist positions in the G & G (Geology & Geophysics) sector of the upstream segment of oil companies.
  • Hydrogeology: Our graduates find jobs in the industry to explore and manage groundwater resources.
  • Natural resources administration: Our graduates can fill positions in national geological surveys and other government offices responsible for the management of natural resources.
  • Geoscience research: Our graduates can apply to Ph.D. schools at research universities and continue their education towards successful careers in academic research in Earth sciences.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a BSc degree in Geology (or Earth Sciences).

Language requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate command of English, demonstrated either by IELTS score 5.0 or higher, TOEFL ITP scores 500 or higher, or TOEFL IBT scores 80 or higher.

Documents to submit with the application
  • Online application form
  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Language certificate

Further comments (if needed)

Applicants should possess a BSc degree in Geology (or Earth Sciences). Applicants still pursuing their BSc studies should obtain the diploma, or at least a certificate of being entitled to the diploma, before starting their MSc studies.

Application procedure

The application starts with the online application system. Students need to register in the system, fill in the online application form, upload the required documents and follow the instructions during the application process.

Last updated July 2019

About the School

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Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its inception in 1635. As a top-ranked research university in Hungary, it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants as well as alma mater of five Nobel laureates and leading figures in technology, public policy, and culture in Hungary. Read less
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