Master's Programme in Geophysics

Suggested Curriculum for the Geophysics specialisation of the Master's Programme in Physics

Until and including spring term 2024

Year 1

Fall term 1

First half

(Aug.-Oct.)

Applied and Environmental Geophysics 10 ECTS (1GE017)

Time Series Analysis of Geophysical Data 5 ECTS (1GE066)

Second half

(Oct.-Jan.)

Global Geophysics 10 ECTS (1GE009)

Continuum Mechanics in Geophysics 5 ECTS (1GE048)

Spring term 1

First half

(Jan.-March)

Seismology 10 ECTS (1GE058)

Physical Properties of Rocks 5 ECTS (1GE053)

Second cycle

(March-June)

The Earth's Potential Fields 5 ECTS (1GE035)

Inversion of Geophysical Data 10 ECTS (1GE016)

Year 2

Fall term 2

First half

(Aug-Oct)

Electromagnetic Geophysics 10 ECTS (1GE057)

Applications of Geodynamics 5 ECTS (1GE052)

Second half

(Oct.-Jan.)

Applied Earthquake Seismology 5 ECTS (1GE061)

Reflection Seismology 5 ECTS (1GE054)

Presentation and Publication 5 ECTS (1GV006)

Spring term 2

Degree Project E in Geophysics 30 ECTS (1GE029)

Starting from fall term 2024

Here, we describe our two standard schemes of the curriculum. Scheme 1 is intended for students who have taken physics and mathematics courses during their BSc studies, but who have no prior knowledge of geophysics. In this case, the standard courses are mainly courses in geophysics. Scheme 2 is intended for students who have taken the geophysics specialisation in the BSc programme of physics at Uppsala University and who wish to supplement existing knowledge in geophysics with courses in geology, geoscience, applied mathematics and programming. In both schemes, the standard courses are the same from year 1, period 4.

Year 1

Fall term 1 Scheme 1 - Students with background in physics and mathematics Scheme 2 - Students with BSc studies in geophysics at Uppsala University

First half

(Aug.-Oct.)

Applied and Environmental Geophysics 10 ECTS (1GE017)

Scientific Programming in Python with Applications in Physics 5 ECTS (1FA453)

Geology for Physicists 10 of 15 ECTS (1GV219)

Applied Geoinformatics for Earth Sciences 5 ECTS (1GE039)

Second half

(Oct.-Jan.)

Global Geophysics 10 ECTS (1GE009)

Time Series Analysis of Geophysical Data 5 ECTS (1GE049)

Optimisation 5 ECTS (1TD184)

Applied Deep Learning in Physics and Engineering 5 ECTS (1FA370)

Geology for Physicists 5 of 15 ECTS (1GV219)

Spring term 1

First half

(Jan.-March)

Continuum Mechanics in Geophysics 5 ECTS (1GE048)

The Earth's Potential Fields 5 ECTS (1GE035)

Physical Properties of Rocks 5 ECTS (1GE053)

Continuum Mechanics in Geophysics 5 ECTS (1GE048)

High Performance Programming 10 ECTS (1TD062)

Second half

(March-June)

Inversion of Geophysical Data 10 ECTS (1GE016)

Introduction to Seismology 5 ECTS (1GE068)

Year 2

Fall term 2

First half

(Aug-Oct)

Seismic Imaging 5 ECTS (1GE070)

Earthquake Seismology 5 ECTS (1GE069)

Applications of Geodynamics 5 ECTS (1GE052)

Second half

(Oct.-Jan.)

Electromagnetic Geophysics 10 ECTS (1GE057)

Regional Structural Seismology 5 ECTS (1GE071)

Spring term 2

Degree Project E in Geophysics 30 ECTS (1GE029)

Project Work in Geophysics

Project courses (can be substituted for other courses above):

1GE030    5 ECTS

1GE032   10 ECTS

1GE034   15 ECTS

  • The master program comprises 120 ECTS (2 years).

  • The curriculum above may be individualized by substituting other courses. In total, 30 ECTS may be at the undergraduate level, and an additional 30 ECTS may be outside geophysics. For details, see the syllabus 

  • Since the first 2-3 terms consist entirely of course work, a project supervisor is usually not selected until the end of the first year.

Application for the Master's Programme

  • International students: apply via University Admissions Please follow the instructions very carefully, especially those regarding the documents that support your citizenship status.

  • Swedish students: Apply via antagning.se

  • Application deadline: January 15 for international students. April 15 for Swedish students.

  • Requirements: Bachelor degree, including at least 75 ECTS in physics.If you are uncertain whether your courses qualify as part of the physics requirement, please contact the director of studies, Thomas Kalscheuer.

  • Tuition fees: see the University Admissions fee page for details.

Last modified: 2023-11-17