Subsurface Engineering

... looks into questions such as ...

  • ​How can the subsurface be explored to great depths?
  • How is an underground structure (e.g. tunnel, cavern) or a geotechnical structure (e.g. foundation, excavation pit) planned, designed and built?
  • How can the subsurface be used to produce or store energy?
  • How do subsurface materials (soil, rock) behave under different external actions?
  • How can the construction or operation of an underground structure be simulated on the computer?

Degree programmes


Subsurface Engineering, Master 1 subject


Degree: Master of Science
Start: Winter semester
Duration: 4 semesters
Classroom language: English

Detailed information for international applicants

What's it all about?

This degree programme is unique, because ...

​Subsurface Engineering is a unique programme because it teaches interdisciplinary knowledge from the fields of engineering and geosciences with a focus on subsurface exploration, exploitation, use, and construction.

It provides the opportunity to specialise in the following fields
  • ​Geotechnics and Tunneling
  • Subsurface Characterization and Utilization

Who is suited?

Those who wish to enrol in this degree programme,


  • sound fundamental knowledge in the areas of natural sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry), mechanics / fluid mechanics and computer science / programming


  • will enjoy experimental work in the lab or field, mathematical calculations, computer simulations

struggels through:

  • theoretical principles, mathematical equations, calculation methods, programming code

This degree programme is suited for graduates in the following subjects
  • ​Civil Engineering
  • Geosciences
Graduates from this degree programme frequently work
  • ​in tunnel design, construction and management
  • in geotechnical engineering firms and construction companies
  • in the field of renewable energies
  • in the field of subsurface exploration
  • in the field of exploitation of underground raw materials

And else?

An internship ...

is optional.

Studying abroad ...

can be done voluntarily.

Where do I find help?

Academic advisory office

Luis Felipe Prada Sarmiento
Building, Room: IC 5/111
Phone: +49 (0)234 / 32-23093
Website academic advisory office


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