Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Regular program length: 4 semester (full-time program)
Credit points (ECTS): 120 credit points
Language of instruction: English
Higher semester: no
Higher semester: winter and summer term
First semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
Higher semester: September 30 for winter term, March 31 for summer term
First semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 for summer term
Higher semester: July 15 for winter term, January 15 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.
The English master's program is divided into subjects, which in turn consist of different modules.
In Geophysics, the focus of the first year is on the modules Seismometry, Signal Processing and Seismogram Analysis (22 CP) and Theory and Inversion of Seismic Waves (18 CP).
While studying these compulsory courses, you can also develop your personal focus within the framework of the compulsory electives (16 CP in total), where you can choose from further in-depth modules from the field of geophysics or related disciplines. In addition, there are freely selectable interdisciplinary qualifications or soft skills in the amount of 4 CP.
In the third semester, you will go through the compulsory modules Scientific Focusing Pphase (10 CP), Scientific Seminars (4 CP) as well as Introduction to Scientific Practice (16 CP), a detailed thematic specialization phase and introduction to scientific practice, and thus develop the necessary foundations for the master's thesis (30 CP), on which you will work in the final fourth semester.
Seismometry, Signal Processing and Seismogram Analysis (22 CP)
Scientific Focusing Phase, Scientific Seminars and Introduction to Scientific Practice
Master's thesis (30 CP)
Qualification profile of the graduate
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.
A master's degree in Geophysics opens up career opportunities in university and non-university research, development and application, e.g. in the field of raw material development (geothermal energy, minerals), in the field of environmental management (pollutant detection, landfill investigations, hydrogeological work), in construction projects (subsurface investigations for tunnels, dams, buildings, etc.) or in the monitoring of natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes) as well as in the field of exploration of the earth's interior from the crust to the core. A scientific career, starting with a PhD, is also a possible career path you can take after completing your master's degree.
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:
- geophysics of at least 20 credit points
- physics of at least 20 credit points
- mathematics of at least 20 credit points
- excellent English language skills on B2 level according to the Common European Framework for Reference for languages. For more information, please consult the admission regulations for the master's program Geophysics.
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|2022 KIT 011 Satzung zur Änderung der Satzung für den Zugang zu dem Masterstudiengang Geophysik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)||03.03.2022, veröffentlicht 04.03.2022|
|2018 KIT 009 Satzung für den Zugang zu dem Masterstudiengang Geophysik am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)||27.02.2018, veröffentlicht 27.02.2018|
|2021 KIT 065 Zulassungs- und Immatrikulationsordnung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT)||22.10.2021, veröffentlicht 22.10.2021|
|2022 KIT 028 Satzung zur Änderung der Zulassungs- und Immatrikulationsordnung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT)||28.04.2022, veröffentlicht 29.04.2022|
|2023 KIT 015 Zweite Satzung zur Änderung der Zulassungs- und Immatrikulationsordnung des Karlsruher Instituts für Technologie (KIT)||28.02.2023, veröffentlicht 28.02.2023|
|2014 KIT 019 Satzung zur Umsetzung des Übereinkommens über die Anerkennung von Qualifikationen im Hochschulbereich der Europäischen Region vom 11. April 1997 gemäß §§ 32 Abs. 2, 4 und 36a LHG in den Studien- und Prüfungsordnungen am KIT||28.03.2014, veröffentlicht 28.03.2014|
|2013 KIT 049 Zweite Satzung zur Änderung der Studien-und Prüfungsordnung der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) für den Masterstudiengang Geophysik||18.12.2013, veröffentlicht 20.12.2013|
|2011 KIT 020 Satzung zur Änderung der Studien- und Prüfungsordnung der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) für den Masterstudiengang Geophysik||21.04.2011, veröffentlicht 18.05.2011|
|83. Studien- und Prüfungsordnung der Universität Karlsruhe (TH) für den Masterstudiengang Geophysik||10.09.2008|
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