Physics - Geophysics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
Thw M.Sc. in Physics - Geophysics at Uppsala University provides an understanding of how planet Earth works on the inside. Earth is a lively planet, where processes active today shape the Earth as we know it. 

About

How does the Earth work and how do we figure out more about the processes that shape our planet? The Master Programme in Physics - Geophysics at Uppsala University allows you to combine your physics knowledge with field data and laboratory experiments to get a deeper understanding of the solid Earth. Our students and faculty form a diverse, international group in close collaboration with researchers around the world.

Physics at Uppsala University covers the entire length scale from subatomic strings to the whole universe, with forefront research across all sub-branches of physics — from research on elementary particles and materials, the structure of the earth and its atmosphere, to space and the properties of the universe.

Practically, geophysics is used for reducing risks from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and landslides, finding natural resources such as water, minerals, geothermal energy and fossil fuels, and monitoring environmental problems, such as groundwater pollution. The job-market for a geophysicist is thus very broad and international, including academia, industry and government or international authorities.

Career

Depending on the courses you take and the specialisation you choose, there are many other individual career opportunities in special areas, both within and outside the field of physics. 
For example, you may find employment as a company consultant, project manager in R&D, or as a specialist in banking, insurance or research organisations.

Programme Structure

  • The first year of courses gives you a solid theoretical geophysical background. The first course, Applied and Environmental Geophysics, covers the main geophysical methods that we use to describe the near-surface in terms of its physical properties. 
  • The second year starts with a course in Electromagnetic Geophysics, i.e. how the Earth’s electric and magnetic properties may be utilised to reveal structures with electric and electromagnetic methods. 
For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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:

    575

    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:

    90

    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

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

With a Bachelor’s degree that is not in physics (e.g. engineering, mathematics, geology), you may or may not qualify for our Master's programme. You must have completed physics courses worth at least 75 credits (out of 180 credits), i.e. 1.25 years of full-time physics courses (out of three years). You must verify that you fulfill this requirement. 

Also required is 75 credits in physics.

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    15113.5 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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NON-EU/EEA

  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

Living costs for Uppsala

6573 - 6670 SEK/month
Living Costs

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