Munich is home to two of Germany's best-known universities: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and Technische Universität München (TUM). Both universities constantly rank top in Germany, among the best in Europe and the top 50 in the world.
The Munich GeoCenter (MGC) was created in 2003 when both universities joined forces in geoscience research and began to offer joint degrees in the geosciences at Bachelor's and Master's level. Today the MGC offers a Bachelor's degree in the geosciences and a variety of Master's degrees. Of course the MGC also offers degrees at the doctor's level (Dr. Ing. and Dr. rer.nat.), however, these remain based within the respective university.
Research at the MGC explores a wide range of topics employing state-of-the-art equipment in the Earth Sciences. In fact, Munich is uniquely placed within the Earth Sciences community in Germany as the MGC is one of the few "places" which offers the full range of subdisciplines including, for example, engineering geology and geophysics. In addition, close collaborations exist with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and German Geodetic Research Institute (DGFI).
Many of the MGC's researchers were trained at world-class institutions and feature highly in the web-of-science. While the majority of the Bachelor-students naturally originates from Germany, the MGC is proud of the range of nationalities represented among its research staff.