MSc in Geophysics

Aarhus University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
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About this program

MSc in Geophysics

A Critical, Collaborative, and Hands-On Exploration of The Earth

The MSc in Geophysics at Aarhus University integrates geosciences with skills in physics and mathematics. The education combines classic research with practical experiments and allows the students to choose their own specific focus area.

Students work with geophysical methods measurements and geological observations. They develop advanced computer models and make interpretations of the geological underground based on data collected in the field. The obtained skills can help develop solutions to a wide range of challenges posed by modern society, such as where to find groundwater, sand, and minerals, how to determine optimal geothermal conditions for heat extraction, how to monitor pollution in the ground, and how to aid in the development of other sustainable solutions.

specialized Research

Teaching in the Program is research-based at the highest international level. The Department of Geoscience is ranked in the top 100 of Geoscience departments in the world and is renowned for its research in hydrogeophysics, subsurface mapping for geotechnical applications and CO2 storage, as well as geothermal reservoirs, seismology, and numerical modelling of surface and mantle processes.

At the Department, students have the brilliant opportunity to work closely with department staff from both Denmark and abroad. Many of our MSc students collaborate closely with the researchers in our specialized research groups, or partner up with private companies or public institutions.

Admission requirements

A bachelor’s degree amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits in geophysics and physics, as well as 30 ECTS within fundamentals in geology, programming, mathematics (calculus, Fourier analysis, linear algebra), chemistry, statistics, and 10 ECTS in the following subjects can qualify the student for admission:

  • Exploration geophysics (e.g., seismic, electromagnetics, gravity)
  • Global geophysics (e.g., seismology, heat flow, plate tectonics)
  • Mechanics/thermodynamics/fluid dynamics
  • Electromagnetism

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Program content

The MSc in Geophysics is a two-year Program offering four different specializations: Water, Climate and Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, and Deep Earth Systems.

The main specialization is chosen in the first year and can be combined with courses from other specializations. Modules in each specialization are either 5 or 10 ECTS. A full year of study is 60 ECTS. The second year is typically dedicated to the Master’s thesis.

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
  • Others: €15,300

Career paths

Our graduates are in high demand and most find jobs shortly after graduation. Furthermore, Aarhus will be the center for Water Valley Denmark, which has the ambition of being world-leading in sustainable water technology, thus helping to create numerous new jobs in the field.

Geophysicists find work in both private and public sectors in Denmark and abroad and work in areas such as groundwater research, environmental assessments, clean drinking water, wind and water energy, geothermal energy, CO2 capture and storage, and education and research. Some jobs may involve field work.


About this institute

Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!

Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...

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Why study at Aarhus University

An international and diverse university

Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

A comprehensive university

Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

Contact info

Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

Phone no: +45 8942 1111
Fax +45 8942 1109


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