Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)

Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points

Language of instruction: English

Limited capacity :
First semester: no
Higher semester: no
Application possible for:
First semester: winter and summer term
Higher semester: winter and summer term
Application deadline:
First semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Higher semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term

Degree and duration

Regular program length of 2 years leading to a "Master of Science (M.Sc.)" degree; 120 credit points (corresponding to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) must be completed. Individual prorgram length may differ from regular program length.

Program structure

The master's degree program is modularly structured. The competences and skills acquired during the bachelor's degree program are strengthened and complemented. The following chart containts the study disciplines as well as a recommendation by the KIT-Department about how to distribute them across different terms:

1 Geophysics
(40 CP)
(16 CP)
Interdisciplinary Qualifications
(4 CP)
3 Specializing Phase
(10 CP)
Introduction to Scientific Practice
(20 CP)
4 Master's Thesis
(30 CP)

The basic scientific qualifications acquired during bachelor’s studies are further deepened or complemented in the master’s program of geophysics. In particular, the graduates’ profiles are further developed and their scopes of geophysical knowledge and methods are broadened. Studies are aimed at the graduates having the capability of independently using scientific knowledge and methods and of assessing their significance and scope for the solution of complex scientific and socially relevant problems.

Graduates of the master’s program of geophysics know and understand the scientific fundamentals of general and applied geophysics and have deepened this knowledge in particular in the areas of seismics, seismology, and natural hazards. They can discuss and solve geophysical problems.

Graduates understand seismics and seismology and in particular the theory of seismic waves and can calculate the solution of the elastic wave equation for the general and special cases. They know the principles of inversion of seismic waves and can apply them. They understand the measurement technology used in geophysics, can explain and compare a number of measurement principles, and know how an objective and detailed error assessment of the measurement results is carried out. They can process and analyze seismic signals of various frequency ranges and evaluate foreign analyses of seismic signals. In seismics, seismology, and interpretation, the students know all working steps from data collection to analysis and can execute them.

The graduates understand geoscientific and physical relationships even beyond the subject of geophysics and can discuss and interpret them. Based on the knowledge obtained, they can correctly classify facts and topics and possess the practical skill to solve problems of geophysics and neighboring geoscientific disciplines. Based on empirical studies, graduates are capable of deriving solutions from the data measured, formulating models, deriving prognoses, and checking them in detail for their verification or falsification.

Graduates can apply geophysical knowledge to research-relevant problems and are able to analyze and solve technical problems using the methods of their discipline and using the pertinent software (programs) and hardware (computers). They also have the basic cultural competence to clearly summarize scientific findings and research results orally and in written form and they master didactically adequate presentation techniques. They can work in a self-organized way and possess extensive communicative and organizational skills.

Career prospects present themselves in university and non-university research, development and application, e.g. in the exploitation of raw materials (geothermics, minerals), environmental management (detection of pollutants, survey of deposition zones, hydrogeological operations), construction projects (sub-ground surveys for tunnels, dams, above-ground constructions, etc.) or in monitoring natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanos) as well as in the survey of the earth's interior from crust to core. Another possible career path for master's graduates is in science, starting with a doctorate.

Admission requirements to the master's degree program are:

  • a completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree issued by a university, university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education based on a minimum of 180 ECTS credit points (alternatively at least 3 years program length) in geophysics or a related field
  • minimum requirements completed in the bachelor's program in the following fields:
    1. geophysics of at least 20 credit points
    2. physics of at least 20 credit points
    3. mathematics of at least 20 credit points
    Should up to 20 credit points be missing, admission may be granted under the provision that certain exams are completed by the end of the second semester. Recognition of study achievements in the above-mentioned fields is at the sole discretion of the admission board.
  • excellent English language skills on B2 level according to the Common European Framework for Reference for languages. Sufficient are e.g. 5 years of English with at least the grade 4 (5 points) in the last two school years.

Application for the 1st semester

Application for a higher semester

Carmen Reck
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