Generally, the TropHEE program begins in the winter semester since all courses follow an annual cycle. TropHEE is divided into the following phases:

  • A preliminary phase (distance introductory course and learning control) without matriculation, which takes place before the applicant begins his/her studies at TU Darmstadt. This ensures that all participants are on the same level of knowledge in the field of basic geosciences.
  • An attendance phase over three semesters at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, comprising semester courses as well as block courses (78 credits ECTS).
  • The Scientific Training (6-8 weeks, 12 credits ECTS) which can be done during the course and, if applicable, in the home country of the student; its results are documented in a written report.
  • The 4th semester, in which the Master's thesis is prepared (6 months, 30 credits ECTS).

All courses, excursions and the master thesis are awarded credits according to the European Credit Point System (ECTS). The successful participation in a course is assessed by an examination or by course work. During the first three semesters, you must acquire a total of 90 credits, while the completion of the Master's Thesis is awarded with another 30 credits.

Follow the links for details:

Course information (updated 06.02.2013)

Regulatory statutes

Study and Examination Schedule (updated 10.02.2016)

Module Handbook (updated 10.02.2016)

The modules are divided into Basic Modules and Special Modules which can be selected and combined according to the individual specialisation interests of the student. The specialisation process is supported by the TropHEE instructors and lecturers and the institute's student advisor through individual guidance and counselling.

In his/her master's thesis, the candidate shall apply and deepen the knowledge and experiences gained during the lectures by working on a specific geoscientific problem. The candidate’s work is supervised by one of the lecturers. There are opportunities to prepare the thesis in cooperation with companies and partner institutions. A geoscientific problem and data sets from the candidate’s home country may well be suitable for his/her thesis.