TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Institute of Mineralogy – Division of Economic Geology and Petrology

The Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF) was founded in 1765 and is thereby the oldest mining school in the world. In total, 4,293 students study in 65 degree programmes that reflect the university’s profile “Geo – Materials – Energy – Environment”. The Devision of Economic Geology and Petrology is part of the Institute of Mineralogy and currently hosts one Postdoc position, 11 PhD positions as well as two associated employees lead by Prof. Dr. Th. Seifert.

In the field of economic geology the research focuses on the genesis and the occurrences of mineral deposits. Besides numerous laboratory facilities a geoscientific rock collection is used in research and education. The collection of mineral deposits with more than 120,000 objects (as part of the whole geoscientific collection) is one of the largest worldwide and still inherits peaces of the first professor in Economic Geology Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817). The Bergakademie takes its claim of actively meeting society’s ongoing challenges as seriously today as it did upon its founding approximately 250 years ago. It was at this University of Resources that Ferdinand Reich and Theodor Richter discovered the element Indium and Clemens Winkler found the element Germanium in Freiberg’s ore deposits. Abraham Werner established the scientific study of mineralogy and geology.

The Master in Geosciences is divided into five specializations, including Economic Geology and Petrology. The standard period of the Master is 4 semesters. It is divided into the Master studying program (3 semesters) and the compilation of the master thesis with the associated final defense (1 semester). In the Master programme Economic Geology and Petrology, specific knowledge is obtained in the following fields:

  • Exploring, investigation and economical evaluation of metallic and not-metallic mineralogical resources
  • Mineralogy and geochemistry of raw materials
  • Modelling of deposit forming processes
  • Marine raw materials and environmental research
  • Marine geochemistry
  • General and specific ore microscopy
  • Fluid and melt inclusion analysis in minerals
  • Application of analytical methods in economic geology