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Welcome to the website of the International Geosciences master program focusing on Paleobiology and Climate and Earth Systems at the FAU/GeoZentrum Nordbayern!

The acute theme of global climate change and its impact on organisms and ecosystems requires a new generation of scientists. We provide theoretical concepts of macroecology and macroevolution, as well as statistical techniques and scientific programming in paleobiology. The second pillar of this specialization is the reconstruction of fossil environments and their local and global controls. We focus on carbonate systems, which are the result of the metabolic activity of organisms and thus reflect the interplay of the biosphere and the Earth-system at large. Our goal is to help students become internationally competitive in paleobiology and science-related fields.

Degree awarded: MSc in Earth Sciences (Paleobiology)
Institution: Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU)
Location: Erlangen, Germany
Duration: 2 years full-time; part-time options available
Next start date: October 2023
Tuition fee: None!
University fee: 120€/Semester
Application start: March 2023
Application deadlines: Group 1b: May 31 2023
Group 2a: July 15 2023
a: EU, EEA, Albania, Andorra, Australia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, China, El Salvador, Georgia, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, San Marino, Serbia, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, and USA. b: Rest of the world

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The most amazing part of this program (besides intensive supervision) is that it actually covers how to become a good scientist. You will learn how to phrase research questions, conduct own studies, get grants for your research and many many more. Gregor Mathes, Class of 2019