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International Joint Master Study “Physics of the Earth (Geophysics)”

The Study Programme “Physics of the Earth” is a Joint Master Study Programme performed by the University of Vienna and the Comenius University Bratislava.

Building on Bachelor programmes in physics/geophysics, the Master programme provides a broad and deep scientific education in Physics of the Earth. This fundamental education allows not only to understand the principal functioning of our planet, but also some of the major challenges facing humanity through its dependence on the physical environment, e.g. natural resources and hazards, as well as the impact of man on nature and man`s own environment.

The focus of the study programme is on furthering the exposure to mathematics and physics as relevant in the Physics of the Earth, and the quantitative methods used in the field. Students learn how to observe and mathematically describe phenomena occurring in the physical environment. The fundamental education advances analytical thinking, and graduates are able to work independently and develop problem-solving competence that can be applied to questions of basic research as well as industrial application.

Students will be able to choose between careers in fundamental research and technologically-oriented companies, particularly in the fields of energy, security, raw materials, groundwater and environment. Research is performed in national research organizations, universities, and the private sector. These are applied in national and international organizations (e.g., CTBT, IAEA), in companies dealing with oil and gas or other natural resources, and in the insurance industry. The rigorous approach allows graduates to use their skills also in other physical and natural science occupations. Students acquire skills in information technologies and data processing, as well as physical measurement. Beyond job opportunities that are available exclusively to quantitatively-trained graduates, more general opportunities exist in public administration, engineering companies, consulting etc.

Detailed information is availbale here.


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University of Vienna

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