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Master (2 years) of Science in Geophysics , 120 ECTS
Mathematics, natural- and computer science

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 6750 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


Earthquakes, groundwater and hydrocarbons are not only concerns for us all, but also primary focal areas for a geophysicist. The two-year MSc in Geophysics programme at Aarhus University is taught at the Department of Geoscience and is open to students from higher education institutions both in Denmark and abroad. A BSc degree in geology or in physics, with geophysics as a major study area or with a similar background, gives access to the MSc programme on the basis of an individual assessment. English-language skills must be documented with, e.g., a TOEFL test score of at least 83 (internet-based) or an IELTS test score of at least 6.5.  

The degree programme is both practical and research-oriented and reflects the interests of the business community, research institutions and the public sector. As an MSc student on the programme, you will have excellent opportunities for working with researchers in the laboratory or in the field, and you also have the opportunity of completing a project in collaboration with a private company.  

The MSc in Geophysics counts as 120 ECTS credits and consists mainly of subjects within the geophysical field of study, such as field methods (including seismics, electromagnetics, geoelectrics and borehole logging); structure and dynamics of the lithosphere; development of sedimentary basins (including hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs); and modelling of geodata (including deformation and groundwater flows). 

Career Opportunities  

Geophysics graduates from Aarhus University find jobs in a wide range of areas, and over the last five years all graduates have found work. North-western Europe (including Denmark) is fortunate enough to be one of the few oil-exporting regions in Europe, and there are therefore a number of positions in the oil industry within exploration and production. Geophysicists are also employed within firms of worldwide consulting engineers as well as within national governmental and municipal institutions, where they work with groundwater research, environmental assessments, and ensuring clean drinking water and the re-establishment of watercourses.

After completing just one year of the MSc in Geophysics programme, you may apply for admission to a four-year PhD programme. Alternatively, a three-year PhD programme can be initiated after completion of the MSc studies. A PhD in geophysics opens up even wider job opportunities, typically within research and development.


To find out more about admission to the MSc in Geophysics please visit the programme’s website

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
Read about the language requirements of Aarhus University 

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside EU/EAA/Switzerland. Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at →

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System


Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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