MSc in Geophysics
ON LAND, AT SEA AND IN OIL
Earthquakes, groundwater, and hydrocarbons are not only concerns for us all, but also primary focal areas for a geophysicist. The two-year MSc in Geophysics programme at Aarhus University is taught at the Department of Geoscience and is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad. A BSc degree in geology or in physics, with geophysics as a major study area or with a similar background, gives access to the MSc programme on the basis of an individual assessment. English skills corresponding to a B-level are required. The degree programme is both practical and research-oriented and reflects the interests of the business community, research institutions, and the public sector. As an MSc student on the programme, you will have excellent opportunities for working with researchers in the laboratory or in the field, and you also have the opportunity of completing a project in collaboration with a private company.
The MSc in Geophysics counts as 120 ECTS credits and consists mainly of subjects within the geophysical field of study, such as field methods (including seismics, electromagnetics, geoelectric and borehole logging); structure and dynamics of the lithosphere; development of sedimentary basins (including hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs); and modelling of geodata (including deformation and groundwater flows).
The MSc thesis, written during the last year of the degree programme, carries considerable weight, and in this context, students benefit from the down-to-earth, informal atmosphere between staff and students. Students writing their thesis have the opportunity to specialize in a subject within a broad area, including one of the areas of geophysics in which Aarhus University is particularly strong: hydrogeophysics, lithosphere geophysics, oil, and geothermal energy-related geophysics, and geodynamics and inverse modeling.
Teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking, and collaboration, and includes theoretical and practical exercises. The degree programme also includes a number of field trips to key geological locations in Denmark and abroad. As a geophysics student, you will quickly enter into the team spirit at the Department of Geoscience. A strong sense of solidarity is fostered by relatively low student numbers in your year group and an active programme of departmental field trips.
Geophysics graduates from Aarhus University find jobs in a wide range of areas, and over the last five years, all graduates have found work. North-western Europe (including Denmark) is fortunate enough to be one of the few oil-exporting regions in Europe, and there are therefore a number of positions in the oil industry within exploration and production. Geophysicists are also employed within firms of worldwide consulting engineers as well as within national governmental and municipal institutions, where they work with groundwater research, environmental assessments, and ensuring clean drinking water and the re-establishment of watercourses.
After completing just one year of the MSc in Geophysics programme, you may apply for admission to a four-year Ph.D. programme. Alternatively, a three-year Ph.D. programme can be initiated after the completion of the MSc studies. A Ph.D. in geophysics opens up even wider job opportunities, typically within research and development.
“I work with developing new calculation methods for a software tool used in wind energy. Lots of different aspects have to be calculated in a wind turbine project. The wind field in the area needs to be modeled in space and time so we can place the turbines in the right location for optimal energy production. We also calculate their noise level and the shadows they cast on neighbors.”
MSc and Ph.D. in Geophysics
Wind Energy Consultant, EMD International
ANNUAL TUITION FEE
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
Others: EUR 15,300
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