Subsurface Engineering, M.Sc.

The master's program in Subsurface Engineering is an interdisciplinary course of study that covers civil engineering and geosciences in particular, but also aspects of mechanical engineering, and focuses on all aspects of subsurface utilization. The new master's program uses combined expertise in tunneling, geosciences, geothermal energy and computational engineering that has been developed over many years at the Ruhr University Bochum (and is probably unique in this form worldwide). The program comprises 4 semesters. It has an international orientation and is held in English.

The responsible faculty of the study program is the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It is co-ordinated by a coordination team composed of both participating faculties (Civil and Environmental Engineering (BI+UI), Geosciences (GEO)). This includes Prof. Dr. techn. Günther Meschke and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Thewes from the BI+UI faculty and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Friedrich and Prof. Dr. Jörg Renner from the GEO faculty.

The examination office is located at the Faculty of Geosciences. The student advisory service is provided by Dr.-Ing. Felipe Prada at the Faculty BI+UI and by Dr. Kaspar Fischer at the Faculty GEO.

The Study Program at a Glance

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Applicants with a professional university degree or bachelor's degree in the disciplines and departments of Civil Engineering, Geosciences, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics are eligible for admission.

Evidence of English language proficiency (IELTS or TOEFL) is required if the bachelor's program was not taught in English.

The program comprises 4 semesters. It has an international orientation and is held in English. The curriculum contains in the complete 1. semester and in parts of the 2. and 3. semester courses amounting to 33 CP, which are obligatory for all students. From the second semester on, the program is divided into two specializations:

  • Geotechnics and Tunneling (GT)
  • Subsurface Characterization and Utilization (SCU)

Both specializations are characterized by elective catalogs, from which a total of 48 credit points must be taken in the 2. and 3. semesters. Additionally, a catalog of electives is offered, which require a total of at least 9 credit points. The 4. semester is dedicated to the master thesis with a scope of 30 CP.

The compulsory courses in the 1. semester impart core competences in the fields of geology, hydrogeology and numerical calculation methods, which are later required for all specializations. The specialization phase in the 2. and 3. semester allows students to specialize either in geotechnical engineering and tunneling or in subsurface characterization and utilization. In the 4. semester, a master's thesis is written on a basic or application-oriented research topic in the field of subsurface engineering.

As a prerequisite for writing a master's thesis (30 CP), students need 75 CP. A total of 120 CP is mandatory for the master's degree.

After graduating from the master's program, students should be able to independently perform engineering services in the field of underground construction from planning to execution (tunnel, landfill, gallery, canal construction) or measurement and laboratory investigations of the subsurface as well as planning of energy and environmental uses of the subsurface. In addition, they should be able to continue scientific works in this field.

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