24 months
1862 EUR/year
962 EUR/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The programme of the Master of Science in Geology is offered jointly by Ghent University and KU Leuven and offers an in-depth training in general geology and a specialised training in selected disciplines of geology. The programme offers the possibility to specialise in one of the majors offered.


Objectives and Attainment Targets of the Study Programme 

The master student will receive an in-depth training in general geology and a specialised training in selected disciplines of Geology. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on acquiring general academic skills such as research and exploration, reporting, cooperation with fellow students and researchers. The student receives the necessary training to analyse and solve new, broader and more complex geological problems. He/she obtains the scientific attitude to solve these problems by selecting and applying advanced methods (qualitative and quantitative field analysis, direct and indirect observation techniques, physical and chemical analytical techniques, modelling of geological processes, etc).

The master at Ghent University should not only have hands-on knowledge of the techniques and the basic principles, but also be able to appraise the potential and the limitations of the different techniques. In a rational and scientific way, he/she is able to process and to report the research results, to publish them in reports and in a master dissertation (monograph), and to present and defend these results orally in a structured way, aided by modern communication techniques.

 Competence in one or more scientific disciplines

  • Advanced knowledge of Earth, its structure, rocks and evolution, the evolution of Life, and an advanced insight into the way this knowledge was acquired and the correlation between the steering factors. Apply this insight creatively to analyse and solve new and complex theoretical or experimental problems.
  • Apply innovatively the specialised knowledge of 'Geology of Basins / Basins and Orogens', 'Soil and Groundwater/ Groundwater and Mineral Resources ', 'Geodynamics and Georesources' and 'Surface Processes and Paleoenvironments'.
  • Have the attitude to apply supporting disciplines during professional activities or research in an independent, critical and constructive manner.
  • Understand and examine the connection with other relevant disciplines and integrate these in a more advanced research or applied context.
  • Demonstrate a profound insight into the newest scientific developments of at least one geological sub-discipline.
  • Apply the acquired geological knowledge, insights and methods in scientific, geology-supporting domains.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Micropaleontology and Paleo-environmental Reconstruction
  • Field Course: Biosphere Evolution and Stratigraphy
  • Exploration Geophysics
  • Origin, Evolution and Modelling of Sedimentary Basins
  • Geochronology
  • Mineral Resources, Economics and the Environment
  • Imaging Techniques of consolidated and unconsolidated Sediments
  • Paleoclimatology
  • Field Course: Geology of Basins and Orogens

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The course is open to students with at least a bachelor's degree in the field of geology with minimum 180 credits

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    1862 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1862 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    962 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 962 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Gent

754 - 1205 EUR /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Ghent University


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!