Geoenvironmental Engineering (Master)

Geoenvironmental Engineering is of particular importance in today's world characterized by the consequences of global and regional climate change, the impact of the energy transition and the resource supply of a sustainable industrial society. Modeling and assessing the impact of a wide variety of geo- and anthropogenic events requires interdisciplinary knowledge from the fields of applied geosciences, geoinformatics, geomatics, environmental geotechnics and environmental protection engineering.

Job profile and labor market

The tasks of geoenvironmental engineering will continue to increase, not least due to climate change and its consequences, but also due to its influence and the aging of the transport infrastructure. With the graduates of the study program Geoenvironmental Engineering (GEE) responsible geo-environmental engineers are available to the job market, who are able to think in contexts and bridge increasingly complex interfaces between different fields of knowledge and engineering disciplines and thus bring the necessary knowledge to make a sustainable contribution to planning, construction and monitoring. The GEE program trains engineers with a broad theoretical and practical knowledge of methods. They can actively and sustainably solve geo-environmental engineering tasks. Due to the generalistic education, the occupational and activity fields are very versatile:

  • Engineering offices with geodetic or geotechnical focus of work
  • Environmental risk analysis and assessment
  • Environmental management systems (eco-audit)
  • Environmental geotechnics (soil and groundwater protection, contaminated site investigation and remediation)
  • Development of remediation plans and procedures for contaminated sites, landfills, industrial sites and infrastructure developments
  • Authorities and research institutions


What is special about the study program in Clausthal

The Master's program in Geoenvironmental Engineering at Clausthal University of Technology is characterized by its interdisciplinary program from the fields of applied geosciences, geoinformatics, geomatics, environmental geotechnics and environmental protection engineering. Following the future concept of the TU Clausthal, the program trains graduates who will be comprehensively and interdisciplinarily active in the field of Circular Economy and thus able to contribute to the resource supply of a sustainable industrial society in the digital age and against the background of the onset of climate change. The Master's program is unique, research-oriented and is further characterized by close supervision of students, high teaching quality and a high degree of internationality.

Structure of the study

The master's program offers three fields of study for specialization:

  • Geomatics and Geomonitoring
  • Geotechnics
  • Management and disposal of radioactive waste

The common basic framework is formed by mathematical principles, among others, for the approximation of spatial data and their corresponding visualization in GIS-based systems, the intensive examination of sensors and measurement methods for geomonitoring, the discussion of geoprocesses and geohazard assessment, as well as questions of radioactive waste management and final disposal in the geological subsurface.

Geomatics and Geomonitoring

  • Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Modeling of Geodata
  • 3D Point Cloud Based Monitoring of Natural and Anthropogenic Structures
  • Optical Remote Sensing and Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry
  • Multi Sensor Systems: Design, Calibration and Realization


  • Multiphysical Processes in Geomechanics
  • Numerical Modeling
  • Tunneling & Tunnel Statics
  • Applied Geotechnics

Management and disposal of radioactive waste

  • Waste management and legal regulations
  • Design, construction and operation of repositories
  • Basics of long-term safety analysis
  • Mathematical methods in long-term safety analysis

Program advisors and Program supervisor

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens-André Paffenholz Phone: +49 5323 72-3333 E-Mail: ma.geeng@tu-clausthal.deInstitute of Geo-Engineering Erzstraße 18, Room 214 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Program outline

Type of program: Master
Duration: 4 Semester
Language of teaching: German
Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Start date: Admission to the winter semester, but also to the summer semester possible.
Accreditation: Bescheid des Akkreditierungsrates
akkreditiert bis 30.09.2028

Starting your studies

Welcome Weeks (before the start of lectures)
The Clausthal University of Technology supports the start of studies with various event formats.

Pre-course in mathematics (before the start of lectures)
The Institute of Mathematics offers a pre-course in mathematics for Bachelor's degree programmes. Master's students who would like to refresh their mathematics knowledge are also welcome to attend this course.

Admission requirements

The TU Clausthal offers the bachelor program Geoenvironmental Engineering. This forms a unit with this master's program. For external applicants, the admission requirement is usually a bachelor's degree in civil engineering, geodesy and geoinformatics, geology or a closely related field of study. If you have any questions, please contact the study advisor.