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Welcome to the website of the Master of Science programme Subsurface Engineering at Ruhr-Universität Bochum!

The Master programme Subsurface Engineering is a specialised post-graduate program, which offers a fascinating integrated taught and research curriculum in the field of civil engineering, geosciences and underground engineering. The Master course is embedded in a strong research environment with an excellent international reputation, which involve world-wide experts in a wide research area from tunnel engineering, geosciences, geothermal energy and computational engineering. All courses and lectures of the Master programme are held in English. Most of the lecturers spent an important part of their career in countries abroad, thus having profound teaching skills paired with a lot of international experience. The Master programme “Subsurface Engineering” takes four semesters (2 years) to complete. After the first semester with fundamental courses, depending on the own qualifications, students can choose to focus on two directions to deepen their knowledge:

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

During the first three semesters, students attend a number of compulsory, compulsory-optional and optional courses (see curriculum). The compulsory courses in the first semester provide students key-skills in the field of geology, hydrology and numerical methods. Advanced courses in the second and third semesters offer advanced and state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of geotechnics and tunnelling as well as in characterization and exploiting underground space. The fourth semester is dedicated to the Master thesis, which accounts for 30 ECTS. In total, to complete the Master programme, students need to obtain 120 ECTS (including the Master thesis).

Career prospects:

With the knowledge obtaining from the Master programme, graduated students can work in a variety of engineering positions from planning to construction roles in tunnelling, mining and canal construction as well as measured and laboratory underground investigations for the planning and usage of underground energy systems.