Master's Programme in Geology

The curriculum is designed to provide advanced training in geology, applicable to geological problem solving. Our graduates have a solid foundation of knowledge in the different core disciplines of geology sciences (mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and paleontology), complemented with advanced skills through specialized studies in selected areas. The degree program prepares both for continuing studies after admission to a doctoral program and work as a geologist primarily in the petroleum industry, in hydrogeology, or in related jobs in the public sector.

The Geology MSc program is taught by highly qualified faculty members of the four departments (Physical and Applied Geology, Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry, and Paleontology). The program director is a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, six professors hold the doctoral degree of the Academy, other teaching faculty members hold PhD degrees. Three research units, specialized in topics of geology and paleontology, are funded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and hosted by Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences. A highly diverse research portfolio of our staff is focused on (but not restricted to) the geology of Hungary, the Pannonian Basin and the neighboring areas, its hydrocarbon and groundwater systems, mineral resources, as well as basic research in mineralogy, geochemistry, sedimentology, stratigraphy and paleontology. Results of this research are regularly published in leading international journals, and MSc student thesis projects are often integrated into these larger projects.


This degree program consists of four semesters. Of the total of 120 credits required, 30 credits are earned for courses in general geological subjects, 30 credits for advanced courses in petroleum and hydrogeology, 30 credits for courses in other geological disciplines, and 30 credits for directed studies towards a thesis. The degree is awarded after completion of a project-based thesis and a successful final examination.

The program also has an emphasis on practical courses related to mineral exploration, petroleum geology, hydrogeology and environmental geology. The field component includes a three-week geological mapping field school.

The specialization in petroleum geology and/or hydrogeology provides in-depth training for future specialists in these fields. 

The list of courses available here (under the 'Structure').



Our graduates are best trained to seek employment in the petroleum industry, with groundwater and geothermal companies, or in the public sector, including universities, geological surveys, and research institutions. Their broad-based geological knowledge will prepare them to work in teams together with geophysicists and other geoscientists. As all courses are offered in English, prospective employers include those located in the graduate’s home country as well as global, multinational companies.


Admission requirements

BSc degree in earth sciences.

Language proficiency requirements

The successful applicant must have a good command of English, demonstrated either by IELTS score 5.0 or higher, TOEFL ITP score 500 or higher, or TOEFL IBT score 80 or higher.

The certificates need not be translated, they are accepted in most of the European languages.

Required documents

  • Bachelor-level degree
  • Transcript of records
  • CV
  • Motivation letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Application form
  • Copy of the main pages of the passport (needs to be valid)
  • Copy of application fee transfer
  • Certificate of English language skills

Application procedure

Applicants has to apply by the deadline given.

The application starts by completion of the online registration form ( and by emailing all the required documents, including proof of the application fee payment, to the international coordinator of the faculty. Proper application packages will be forwarded to the program coordinator. Within a few weeks, the applicant will be informed about the entrance exam: whose previous studies meet the entry requirements will be interviewed over Skype.

If the interview is successful, a final decision on admission will be made no later than end of July.

Application deadline

30 APRIL 2017

Start date

01 September 2017

Application fee


EU/EEA students

non-EU/EEA students

Tuition fee/semester

4190 (EUR)*

4190 (EUR)*

Application fee

160 (EUR)

160 (EUR)

Registration fee

60 (EUR)

60 (EUR)

 * It is possible to apply for scholarship to reduce tuition fee.


Program leader

Prof. József PÁLFY

International program coordinator

Ms. Angelika ÚJVÁRY, inter [at]