Master's Degrees

  • Master's Degree in Geological Resources & Engineering Geology

    General Information

    Teaching Languages:
    Spanish & English
    1 year and a half (90 ECTS credits)
    Access Requirements:

    In order to register in an official Master's Degree, it is mandatory to have completed an official degree in Spain or in any higher education institution of a member state of the European Union integrated in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that allows students to take a Master's Degree. Students who have obtained their degree outside the EHEA can be admitted as long as the University can verify that these qualifications have a similar level to the corresponding degrees in Spain and they permit graduates to take a Master's Course.

    This Master's course is intended for Graduates in Geology, although degrees with a high geological content such as Geological Engineering, Mining Engineering, Civil Urban Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Marine Science or Geography will also be taken into account. In such cases, students will have to take the following credits of complementary subjects to complete their training or accredit them: Geological Mapping (6 ECTS), Crystallography and Mineralogy (4 ECTS), Global Dynamics and Structural Geology (4 ECTS), Geomorphology (4 ECTS), Stratigraphy (4 ECTS), Palaeontology (4 ECTS), Petrology and Geochemistry (4 ECTS).

    Attendance required
    Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Teaching Center:
    Faculty of Geology of Oviedo

    Professional Opportunities

    This Master's Degree trains professionals and researchers theoretically and practically to provide them with the competences, skills and capacities to assess, produce and use all type of geological information. It provides students with different knowledge concerning the geological environment in a wide range of socioeconomic fields such as infrastructures, exploration and exploitation of geological resources, the environment, geological hazards, geological heritage, development cooperation, education and research, etc. This is a formative Master that allows students to acquire the necessary knowledge, prepares high skilled professionals and deals with the necessary topics to get started in the field of research. Graduates will be professionals that will have acquired an applied, comprehensive and multidisciplinary knowledge in the field of Earth Sciences. After completion of the course, graduates will have acquired the professional skills they need in order to work in the fields related to Geological Resources and Geological Engineering or to start research.


    This Master's programme has a mixed academic and professional nature, and students will find a wide range of modules and optional subjects to fit their training according to their needs.


    • 1 Methodology module (9 ECTS).
    • 2 compulsory module of 15 ECTS each (Geological Resources – Foundations – Geological Engineering).
    • 5 optional modules of 12 ECTS credits each, that focus especially on the following aspects (Geological Hazards and dynamics of the relief), resources (Reservoir Characterization and Exploration and Fossil Fuels) or combined modules of both specialties (Subsurface, Structure, Water and Environment). All subjects consist of 3 ECTS credits and two of them are completely practical (Multidisciplinary Camp and Applied Micro-palaeontology). Students will choose one of them and an optional subject among the ones offered in the modules they have not previously chosen.
    • Master's Thesis (18 ECTS).
    • Internship (6 ECTS).

    Students taking the full-time course will take the core and compulsory subjects (39 ECTS) and the optional modules (24 ECTS) during the first two terms (September-July) to complete a minimum of 60 ECTS. In the third term, students will take an optional subject from the modules chosen (3 ECTS) and an optional subject (3 ECTS) from all the subjects offered, as well as the internship (6 ECTS) and the Master's Thesis (18 ECTS). The Master's Thesis will be supervised by one or more professors participating in the programme and will be developed in collaboration with the companies or in research projects carried out by professors of the Master's Course.




    MODULE: Methods in Geology

    • Quality Control, Documentation, Implementation and Legislation in Geology (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Engineering Geology

    • Geology Applied to Civil Engineering (3 ECTS)
    • Geotechnology for Construction (3 ECTS)
    • Geotechnology for Linear Underground Works (3 ECTS)
    • Geotechnology for Linear Surface Works (3 ECTS)
    • Soil and rock Mechanics (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Foundations of Geological Resources

    • Geomorphological indicators: Use and Applications (3 ECTS)
    • Tectonics – Sedimentation Relationships (3 ECTS)


    MODULE: Subsoil Structure and Geophysics

    • Structural discontinuities (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Deposit Characterization and Exploration

    • Applied Petrogeny (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Fossil Fuels

    • Coal and Oil (3 ECTS)
    • Sedimentary and Reservoir Systems (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Water and Environment

    • Mineralogy and Applied Geochemistry and Environmental Mineralogy (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Geological Hazards and Dynamics of the Relief

    • Applied Geomorphology and Soi(3 ECTS)
    • Seismic and Volcanic Hazards (3 ECTS)
    • External Geological Hazards (3 ECTS)

    TRAINING COMPLEMENTS (only if needed by the student)

    • Geological Cartography (4 ECTS)
    • Crystallography and Mineralogy (4 ECTS)
    • Global Dynamics and Structural Geology (4 ECTS)
    • Stratigraphy (4 ECTS)
    • Geomorphology (4 ECTS)
    • Palaeontology (4 ECTS)
    • Petrology and Geochemistry (4 ECTS)


    MODULE: Methodology in Geology

    • Multidisciplinary Camp (3 ECTS)
    • Digital Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Foundations of Geological Resources

    • Applied Geophysics 3 ECTS)
    • Water Geochemistry (3 ECTS)
    • Modelling of Mineral Resources (3 ECTS)


    MODULE: Soil Structure and Geophysics

    • Analysis Folding (3 ECTS)
    • Microtectonics (3 ECTS)
    • Construction and Validation of Structural Interpretations (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Deposit Characterization and Exploration

    • Deposit Characterization Techniques (3 ECTS)
    • Geological Survey Applied to Mining (3 ECTS)
    • Ornamental Rocks: Durability and Conservation (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Fossil Fuels

    • Applied Micro-palaeontology (practical subject) (3 ECTS)
    • Structural Studies in Hydrocarbons Exploration (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Water and Environment

    • Deep Geological Storage and Environmental Impact Assessment (3 ECTS)
    • Climate Change (3 ECTS)
    • Applied Hydrogeology (3 ECTS)

    MODULE: Geological Hazards and Dynamics of the Relief

    • Dynamics and Sedimentation Applied to Coastal Management (3 ECTS)
    • 2 optional subjects
    • Internship (6 ECTS)
    • Master's Thesis (18 ECTS)
    Detailed Information on the Syllabus:


    • Facultad de Geología
      c/ Jesús Arias de Velasco, s/n
      33006 Oviedo
      +34 985 10 30 85

    Coordination :

    Internationalization and Companies

    Movildidad de estudios

    • Cukurova Universitesi (Turkey)

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    • Amphos 21 Group S.L.
    • Astersa SA
    • ATSG98 Instrumentación S.L.
    • Auxiliar de Ingeniería y control S.A.
    • Fundación Ciudad de la Energía
    • Geoalcali S.L.
    • Inge S.L.
    • Instituto Geológico y Minero de España
    • Rio Narcea God SL (Edgewater)
    • Rio Narcea Nickel S.L.
    • Sondeos y perforaciones industriales del Bierzo S.A.

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