• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Science in Geology is a two-year programme jointly organised by KU Leuven and Ghent University. You will receive in-depth training in various fields of geology and develop knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to work in interdisciplinary teams addressing complex geological problems.


The strong emphasis on research is a major benefit of the programme. Besides enhancing your knowledge and skills in numerous specialised courses, including a field-mapping course, you will conduct your own master’s thesis project within a research team (professor, postdoc, PhD-student) and at the same time develop the important scientific skills, such as reporting and presenting, that you’ll need in your future career. 

This is an initial Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Programme outline

The master’s programme offers 4 different majors:

  • Geodynamics and Georesources: rock-forming processes and mineral distributions in the subsurface (organised by KU Leuven)
  • Surface Processes and Paleoenvironments: the interaction between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere (organised by KU Leuven)
  • Basins and Orogens: the processes steering the genesis and evolution of sedimentary basins and the surrounding areas (organised by Ghent University)
  • Groundwater and Mineral Resources: hydrogeological and pedological characteristics and processes with a focus on the fundamental and applied aspects of soils and groundwater (organised by Ghent University)


  • The programme is firmly rooted in the research of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (KU Leuven) and the Department of Geology (Ghent University). Both departments continuously develop and maintain innovative and widely recognised research programmes on both the fundamental and applied aspects of geoscience.
  • The programme offers optional courses on a wide variety of topics, from environmental law to volcanology. This allows you to shape your own profile according to your interests.
  • The KU Leuven has a strong exchange programme (Erasmus) with top universities in Europe and around the world.

Career perspectives

As a Master in Geology you may be involved in development, research or as a manager in industry or as a freelance expert. In consultancy, you are most likely to work in environmental geology, hydrogeology or geotechnology. In industry, you will be involved in exploration, exploitation and the treatment of natural resources. 

In governmental agencies and research institutions, you may be responsible for the inventory, management, research and sustainable use of the subsurface with respect to tackling environmental issues.

If you dream of pursuing an academic career, your next step may be embarking on a PhD-project in Leuven, Ghent, or elsewhere.

The Master of Geology is offered at KU Leuven.

Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

The master’s programme offers 4 different majors, 2 of which are organised by KU Leuven:

  • In Geodynamics and Georesources, you will study rock-forming processes and mineral resources in the subsurface. The interaction between various physico-chemical processes in the Earth forms the core of this major. You will develop the ability to analyse and explain the complexity of the various interacting physical and chemical rock-forming processes and apply this knowledge to the exploration of natural resources.
  • In Surface Processes and Paleoenvironments, you will study the interaction between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. The focus is on understanding present-day and past processes and placing these processes in a context of global change on various time scales. You will develop the ability to analyse and explain the complex interaction of surface processes relating to the variability of various aspects of the Earth’s surface.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

After admission procedure

  • Bachelor of Geology obtained outside the Flemish community or other degrees will be admitted on individual basis.

After a preparatory programme, bridging programme or abridged bachelor programme

  • Bachelor of Geography
  • Bachelor of Geography and Geomatics
  • Bachelor of Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Bachelor of Biology
  • Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering: Land and Forest Management
  • Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering: Agricultural Sciences
  • Bachelor of Bioscience Engineering: Environmental Technology

Required documents

  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Credentials regarding prior education
For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    938 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 938 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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