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Programme Description

The International Master's Programme in Geophysics is research-oriented. Many of our alumni continue their career with a PhD. Munich Geophysics is internationally noted for its research expertise in numerical modeling and simulation. Consequently our master's programme places a strong focus on modelling and simulation, and we expect our students to possess a sound background in Mathematics and Physics. Therefore we are interested in recruiting not only students with a background in the geosciences, but equally students from physics, mathematics, or the engineering sciences.

Within the programme students can specialise in one of the following fields: Geodynamics, Seismology or Paleo- and Geomagnetism. These are our the three main research groups.

The courses are organised in a modular fashion according to the European Bologna approach. It is an international programme and all courses are offered in English language (at students' request). Successful graduates of the programme are awarded the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.). In this respect the new programme replaces the former Diplomstudiengang Geophysik.

The master's programme in Geophysics started in the winter term 2007/2008. It is jointly offered by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM) under the roof of the Munich Geocenter. As lead university of the programme LMU is responsible for student admission and registration.

The programme consists of five mandatory and several elective modules each combining different courses on related topics. A complete description of the modules can be found in our Course Catalogue. The following table gives an overview on the structure of the programme:

mandatory modules
# module name courses contained in module
P1 Fundamentals from Mathematics and Physics
  • Mathematical Geophysics
  • Statistical Geophysics
  • Earth Rotation and Solid Earth Physics
P2 Basic Geophysics
  • Introduction to Earth System Science
  • Physical Properties of Rock
  • Geophysical Data Acquisition and Analysis
P3 Tools
  • Computational Geophysics
  • Scientific Programming
  • Signal Processing
P4 Advanced Geophysics
  • Geodynamics
  • Seismology
  • Paleo- and Geomagnetism
P5 Independent Scientific Research
  • This module covers the complete fourth semester and is dedicated to writing and defending a master thesis.
specialisation: choose one module from the following three
# module name courses contained in module
WP1 Advanced Geodynamics
  • Modern Geodynamics
  • Interdisciplinary Geophysics
  • Geophysics Colloquium
  • Special Topics in Geodynamics
  • Techniques of Scientific Working
WP2 Advanced Seismology
  • Modern Seismology
  • Interdisciplinary Geophysics
  • Geophysics Colloquium
  • Special Topics in Seismology
  • Techniques of Scientific Working
WP3 Advanced Paleo- and Geomagnetism
  • Modern Paleo- and Geomagnetism
  • Interdisciplinary Geophysics
  • Geophysics Colloquium
  • Special Topics in Paleo- and Geomagnetism
  • Techniques of Scientific Working
choose two modules from the following
# module name courses contained in module
WP4 Geochemistry and Geomaterials
  • Physics and Chemistry of Melts
  • Crust and Mantle Petrology
WP5 Applied and Industrial Geophysics
  • Archaeological Prospection
  • Engineering Geophysics
  • Application of magnetic methods in practice
WP6 ESPACE (Earth oriented space science)
  • Earth Gravity Field
  • Precise GNSS
by Marcus Mohr last modified 30. Nov 2017 13:55
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