Often we glaciologists here at Alfred-Wegener-Institut are asked where “Glaciology” can be studied at universities. In Germany, unfortunately, there is no MSc Glaciology. However, glaciology can be chosen as a key subject within MSc Geosciences university studies .

Universität Bremen

In the last years the professors and scientists in AWI glaciology developed an extensive module “Glaciology” for the Geosciences at University Bremen. The module “Glaciology” provides intense education via a general introduction, theoretical basics – incorporating some maths and physics - towards teaching of field methods applied on an Alpine glacier.

Information on excursions are available with respect to the field methods or as field exercise. Impressions from previous years can be found in our ice blog.

More info: Angelika Humbert or Olaf Eisen

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

A module to introduce "Glaciology" has been established in the last years by Ilka Weikusat and Daniela Jansen, supported by AWI glaciology professors and scientists for the geosciences department at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. The course is held as block course in the summer semester and consists of lectures and exercises. Content of the course are ice as a material, ice cores in general and as palaeo-climate archive, as well as the cryosphere and its characteristics with respect to its dynamical evolution on the Earth's surface.

More info: Ilka Weikusat or Daniela Jansen

Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

A module "Glaciology" has been established at the geosciences department of the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen.

More info: Frank Wilhelms

Technische Universität Darmstadt

At the Technical University of Darmstadt a course Mechanik von Gletschern und Eisschilden is held.

V3+Ü1 winter semester, ideal for students from mechanics, computational engineering, applied mathematics, and other fields with prior knowledge of continuum mechanics.

More Info: Prof. Dr. Angelika Humbert


The section Glaciology offers internships in geosciences, physics, chemistry and related areas. You are welcome to directly send an application via email to the people listed below, according to the specific interest.

The application should contain a CV, a cover letter, relevant certificates, a list of courses attended during the studies and if available mention computer skills (programming languages and operating systems, like Windows and Unix) . Please also state the envisaged starting point and time span for the internship.

If you are interested to do your Master- or Bachelorthesis in Glaciology you are also welcome to contact us or see Positions at AWI

Geophysics: Daniel Steinhage, Coen Hofstede
Satellite and Airborne Remote Sensing, Mass Balance Studies, GPS: Veit Helm
Ice Dynamics Thomas Kleiner
Physical Properties of Firn and Ice, Microstructure: Ilka Weikusat, Sepp Kipfstuhl
Microstructure X-ray Tomography: Johannes Freitag
Raman Spectroscopy:  

For general enquiries contact Constance Oberdieck.