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The study of geology combines the knowledge of mathematic, physic, and chemistry, which are expanded in the first few semesters, with the investigation of a complex natural system: the Earth. On the one hand, basic, but fundamental, questions, such as the formation of the oceans, mountains, and life are discussed. On the other hand, practical issues, such as securing our natural resources or the foundation of a building, are handled.

The Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and Coal is concerned with two primary fields of investigations. The first focal point is the exploration and production of coal, petroleum and natural gas, including unconventional energy sources. We have many contacts to domestic- and foreign-based companies, at which many of our graduates are now employed. The second focal point includes the investigation of organic pollutants in our environment, especially in water and sediments.

More than 50 graduates from the LEK switched to the petroleum industry over the last several years. To find out more about your job chances as a petroleum geologist (job description: Petroleum geologist, you can read the article in the “Wirtschaftsverbandes Erdöl- und Erdgasgewinnung e.V.”


For further information, you are welcome to visit the Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and Coal.

Please contact: Dipl.-Geol. Philipp Weniger (philipp.weniger(at)emr.rwth-aachen.de)

The list of courses being offered is always current and binding as found in the Campus-System of the RWTH Aachen University: Link to Campus webpage

Professional group for Geosciences and Geography

Lectures for Georessource Management B.Sc.

Lectures for Georessource Management M.Sc.


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