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

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 7650 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR
education combines classic research with practical experiments and allows the students to choose their own specific focus area.

Students work with geophysical methods and measurements and geological observations. They develop advanced computer models and make interpretations of the geological underground based on data collected in the field. The obtained skills can help develop solutions to a wide range of challenges posed by modern society, such as where to find groundwater, sand, and minerals, how to determine op􀆟mal geothermal conditions for heat extraction, how to monitor pollution in the ground, and how to aid in the development of other sustainable solutions


Teaching in the programme is research-based at the highest international level. The Department of Geoscience is ranked in the top 100 of Geoscience departments in the world and is renowned for its research in hydrogeophysics, subsurface mapping for geotechnical applications and CO2 storage, as well as geothermal reservoirs, seismology, and numerical modelling of surface and mantle processes.

At the Department, students have the brilliant opportunity to work closely with department staff from both Denmark and abroad. Many of our MSc students collaborate closely with the researchers in our specialised research groups, or partner up with private companies or public institutions.

The MSc in Geophysics is a two-year programme offering four different specialisations: Water, Climate and Environment, Energy and Natural Resources, and Deep Earth Systems. The main specialisation is chosen in the first year, and can be combined with courses from other specialisations. Modules in each specialisation are either 5 or 10 ECTS. A full year of study is 60 ECTS. The second year is typically dedicated to the Master’s thesis.
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The Department of Geoscience is a small community of about 110 students brought together by shared research, field trips, and common interests. Students have access to several study areas and facilities, including quiet reading rooms, a common kitchen, computers and, of course, a classic Danish pop-up Friday bar. Thanks to the department's small size, students benefit from a favourable professor-to-student ratio. Additionally, the department values an "open door" policy, which means that teachers are available to assist and engage in discussion with students.

Classes take place in well-equipped labs with technical staff to assist. The Department has more than 1.000 m2 of laboratories and electrical workshops with equipment ranging from practical machines for sample preparation, chemical labs, and an ultra-clean, metal-free lab. We have state of the art analytical equipment such as XRF, XRD, GCMS, SEM, ICP-MS, and highly advanced microscopes for many purposes and seismic and other geophysical equipment to carry out surveys on land or sea.


Our graduates are in high demand and most find jobs shortly after graduation. Furthermore, Aarhus will be the centre for Water Valley Denmark, which has the ambition of being world leading in sustainable water technology, thus helping to create numerous new jobs in the field. Geophysicists find work in both private and public sectors in Denmark and abroad, and work in areas such as: groundwater research, environmental assessments, clean drinking water, wind and water energy, geothermal energy, CO2 capture and storage, and education and research. Some jobs may involve field work

A bachelor’s degree amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits in geophysics and physics, as well as 30 ECTS within fundamentals in geology, programming, mathematics (calculus, Fourier analysis, linear algebra), chemistry, statistics and 10 ECTS in the following subjects can qualify the student for admission:
- Exploration geophysics (e.g., seismics, electromagnetics, gravity)
- Global geophysics (e.g., seismology, heat flow, plate tectonics)
- Mechanics/thermodynamics/fluid dynamics
- Electromagnetism


In general, admission to a master’s degree programme requires successful completion of a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish bachelor’s degree in level and length (180 ECTS). In addition, you must meet the specific requirements for the individual programme, including language requirements. If you wish to study a master’s degree at Aarhus University, please check out our page ‘Am I qualified for admission’:

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There are the same English language requirements for all international students with a few exceptions. The general English language requirements for master’s degrees can be found here:

Aarhus University offers a limited number of Danish state scholarships for highly qualified non-EU students applying for master’s degrees. You can read more about scholarships here:  

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