Geophysics is the study of the Earth by observation of its physical properties.
In this programme you will learn how to describe and analyze, amongst other things, tectonic plate motions and climatic conditions using a combination of mathematics, theoretical physics and experiments.
As a geophysicist you will be qualified to work with oil and gas exploration, satellite observation, environmental protection or weather forecasting.
Type: MSc Programme
Duration: 2 years
European transfer credits: 120 ECTS
About the programme
In the programme, you will work with the principles of physics that govern the processes that take place in the Earth's core, on its surface, in ice caps, the oceans and in the atmosphere.
Geophysics is closely related to geology which is the study of the Earth's composition, structure and properties.
You will learn to use analysis to explain such phenomena as hurricanes, earthquakes, ocean currents and tectonic plate motions. You will study the movement of ice caps and the effect of solar winds on the Earth's climate.
Geophysics is a physics programme that combines traditional disciplines with the study of the Earth's composition and development. Study is practically orientated but contains considerable amounts of theory from mathematics and physics.
As well as mathematics and physics, you will study subjects such as:
- Marine science, the study of the oceans
- Meteorology, the study of weather and climate
- Glaciology, the study of ice
- Geodesy, the study of the measurement and representation of the Earth
Teaching varies between lectures and classroom instruction. In addition, there is often project work together with other students. Students are encouraged to participate in class discussions.
Read more about Danish teaching methods on www.studyindenmark.dk.
If you choose to complete the master degree programme, you will graduate with the academic title of Master of Science (MSc).
To be admitted to an MSc programme, you must have a bachelor degree in a relevant subject.
In addition, documentation may be required verifying your proficiency in English is at a specified level.
Contact the educational institution you wish to apply to for detailed information on entry requirements and required English proficiency levels. Apply directly at the university.
The application deadline for MSc programmes varies according to the educational institution. Contact the individual institution for further information regarding its application deadline and forms.
Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.
There is a tuition fee for all full-degree students, unless you are a student from an EU/EEA country, or from Switzerland.
Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition.
Contact the individual institution for more specific information.
An academic year is made up of two semesters, which begin around September 1st and February 1st.
You can study Geophysics in Copenhagen.
University of Copenhagen
At the University of Copenhagen, Geophysics can be studied as a 2-year MSc programme (120 ECTS).
You also have the possibility of taking single courses or subjects within the programme.
Read more about the programme at www.ku.dk.
Danish Qualification framework
The programme is graded at level 7 in the Danish Qualification Framework for Lifelong Learning. The Qualification Framework contains levels 1-8 and defines the expected learning outcome of an education programme. Read more about Qualification Framework for Higher Education.
For Further Information
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