Geophysics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, German (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #30 ,
The international master program in Geophysics is research-oriented, allowing students to specialize in one of the following fields: geodynamics, seismology, or paleo- and geomagnetism. The program is noted internationally for its research expertise in numerical modeling and simulation. Therefore it strives to recruit not only students with a background in the geosciences, but students from physics, mathematics, and the engineering sciences as well.

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The international master program in Geophysics is research-oriented, allowing students to specialize in one of the following fields: geodynamics, seismology, or paleo- and geomagnetism. The program is noted internationally for its research expertise in numerical modeling and simulation. Therefore it strives to recruit not only students with a background in the geosciences, but students from physics, mathematics, and the engineering sciences as well.

Programme Structure

Mandatory Modules

  • Fundamentals from Mathematics and Physics
  • Basic Geophysics
  • Tools
  • Advanced Geophysics
  • Independent Scientific Research

Specialisation: choose one module from the following three

  • Advanced Geodynamics
  • Advanced Seismology
  • Advanced Paleo- and Geomagnetism

Choose two modules from the following:

  • Geochemistry and Geomaterials
  • Applied and Industrial Geophysics
  • ESPACE (Earth oriented space science)

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score: 550

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 80

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Candidates for the programme must possess the equivalent of a bachelor's degree (in a programme of at least 6 semesters) with a final grade of at least 3.0 (when translated to the German grading system) in one of the following fields:

  • Geosciences
  • Geophysics
  • Mineralogy
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering Sciences
  • or related subject

Candidates for the programme must provide proof of very good mastery of the English language. This can be documented by various means.

Standardised Tests:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a result of at least 213 points (computer-based test)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE); grade A or B
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE); grade A or B

Alternative proofs may be accepted by the board of examiners if a corresponding application is made. This might e.g. be a:

  • higher education entrance qualification from an institution with English as language of instruction
  • degree from an higher education institution with English as language of instruction
  • a bachelor's thesis written in the English language

However, in general a standardised test is definitely preferred.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • There are no tuition fees for this course. There is, however, a semester fee of 114,50 € for each student comprising a student services contribution (52 €) and a basic fee for public transportation (62,50 €).

Funding

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