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Study concept

Geoinformatics is the science of systematically recording, analysing and presenting location-based information in order to extract knowledge from it. The focus here is on information in the form of geological and geophysical data. Three-dimensional digital models of geological bodies are constructed as a prerequisite for the application of simulations or statistical methods. Suitable data models, database schemes and software are developed for this purpose. The methods are used in areas such as deposit exploration and mine planning, environmental monitoring and disaster prevention as well as in the exploration of renewable energies.


Faculty of Geosciences, Geoengineering and Mining (Faculty 3)
Master of Science (M. Sc.)
Standard period of study
4 Semester
Part-time possible
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Bachelor's degree in Geoinformatics/Geophysics from the TU Bergakademie Freiberg or at least an equivalent professionally qualifying university degree with at least 6 semesters

Course language
Professional advice
Prof. Dr. Christian Gerhards
Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 12
christian.gerhards [at]
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at]
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 3 (Geosciences, Geotechnics and Mining)
Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 12
fsr3 [at]
Job opportunities

in the exploration and utilisation of renewable energies: e.g. determining the geothermal potential of a subsurface, assisting in the planning of dams and hydroelectric power plants or carrying out safety checks on such structures

in the geotechnical engineering industry: e.g. for preliminary archaeological investigations or to find stable locations for large-scale structures

in institutions or geotechnical engineering companies:. e.g. for subsoil investigations, archaeological preliminary investigations or to find stable locations for large structures

in institutions or geotechnical companies: that are active in environmental monitoring and disaster protection, e.g. in checking the stability of dams and hydroelectric power plants. e.g. in checking the stability of dams and dykes under load and vibration

in raw material exploration: e.g. investigating possible oil deposits using geophysical methods or detecting oil traps using underground simulations

in software development: as well as in the sale and support of software products

in research institutions: e.g. in basic research at universities and teaching students

The geoinformatics course taught me how geoinformation systems are used in everyday life and in particular in the geospatial industry. The field of application is wide and ranges from spatial and transportation planning to environmental protection, raw materials exploration and mining. In the course of the progressive further development of geoinformation systems and increasing networking, knowledge in the field of software development and information technology was also taught.

Evelyn Bennewitz - Geoinformatician, research in the field of geotechnics and mining at the TU Bergakademie Freiberg