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The MSc in Geophysics at Aarhus University provides a compelling learning experience. Students get to choose their own specific area of focus while exploring a variety of fields including quaternary structures and materials, groundwater aquifers, the structure and dynamics of the lithosphere, the development of sedimentary basins, and the numerical modelling of geodata. 

High calibre research

Teaching on the programme is integrated with research at the highest international level. The Department of Geoscience is renowned for its research in hydrogeophysics (airborne and surface electromagnetic methods) for use in hydrogeology and mineral exploration. A further speciality is reflection seismic acquisition (on board the research vessel Aurora), processing and interpretation, as used in subsurface mapping of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs, seismology, potential fields, and numerical modelling of surface and mantle processes.

For more information on our research visit our research pages.

A MSc in Geophysics is 120 ECTS credits and is completed over two years. The thesis is heavily weighted and is a chance for students to cater their education to their personal and career interests, while benefiting from close collaboration with peers and faculty members.

Admission requirements

The following Bachelor’s degrees qualify students for admission to the Master’s degree programme in Geophysics:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with the special study area Geophysics from Aarhus University or the University of Copenhagen.
  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Aarhus University, with an elective subject equalling at least 30 ECTS credits in Geophysics.

The following other degrees can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme in Geophysics:

  • A Bachelor’s degree amounting to at least 60 ECTS credits in Geophysics can qualify the student for admission.*

Other qualifications can provide admission to the Master’s degree programme, provided the university assesses that their level, extent and content correspond to the degrees mentioned above.
In connection with possible admission, further requirements can be stipulated regarding the composition of the degree programme. Find more information here.

*Comments on these regulations:

The 60 ECTS credits in geophysics may come from a broad range of topics, provided that the courses deal with physical aspects of geoscience.

You may get a first impression of the general level expected by looking at these exam problems from the introductory bachelor course in Geophysical Methods.

Course descriptions of additional, more advanced mandatory courses for geophysics bachelors at Aarhus University can be found here:

We do not require that you have one-to-one merits in exactly these bachelor courses, but it does give you an impression of the level that you will meet in the master courses.

Language requirements

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language proficiency. 
Please see the page on language requirements for more information.


Please see the general admission requirements.

Programme structure

The Master’s degree in geophysics counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects within the geophysics field of study. You specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. You structure your own individual study programme with the help of a teacher from the Department of Geocience by choosing courses from a course catalogue.

For more information about the individual courses, click here.

If you would like information about options regarding a Master’s thesis in geophysics, go to the department’s web site.

Forms of teaching

At the University of Aarhus, you are in close contact with researchers in a way that you rarely experience at other universities. The door to the professor’s office is always open if you need clarification of the study material, and you are encouraged to ask questions at lectures and during exercises. We make heavy demands on your academic skills and independence. In return, you gain considerable benefits in the form of academic challenges and scientific knowledge, in addition to broad competences.

The teaching at the university focuses on independence, critical thinking and collaboration. Part of the teaching is in the form of lectures that introduce new angles to the material compared with the textbooks. The theoretical and practical exercises take place in small groups where you study relevant issues in depth. Most geophysics students also spend a certain amount of time on laboratory work and work related to field courses. The degree programme also includes a number of excursions to key geological locations in Denmark and abroad.

The varied forms of teaching, collaboration in groups and the opportunity for close scientific dialogue with the researchers provide you with general competences that are in great demand in the global job market. These competences include abstract, critical and independent thinking, analytical skills and strategic planning. You can use these skills in many contexts – even in jobs you didn’t know you were qualified for.

PhD programme

If you have the necessary skills and interest, you can apply for admission to our PhD programme. You can apply when you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and one year of your Master’s degree or when you have completed your Master’s degree.

Student life

As a geophysics student, you quickly enter into the team spirit at the Department of Earth Sciences in Aarhus. This strong sense of solidarity is largely because you are brought together by the relatively small number of students in your year group and on field excursions. As a Master’s degree student, you can enjoy the newly refurbished buildings – which recently became the home of the Department of Earth Sciences – in the south-eastern part of the campus, close to the Aarhus city centre. The new attractive premises have study areas, reading rooms, Internet access, computer rooms and a Friday bar. These new facilities are used for departmental activities and you quickly get to know the teachers and learn about their research activities. You are given access to an office where you can sit and work, read or just hang out with fellow students.

  • As a geophysics student, you’ll join the Department of Geoscience —a small community of about 200 students brought together by shared research, team field trips and common interests.
  • Your classes will take place in modern facilities with well-established labs. You will have access to cozy study areas, quiet reading rooms, wifi, computers and, of course, a classic Danish pop-up Friday Bar.
  • As an MSc student in Geoscience you’ll get access to a communal office where you can sit, read or hang out with other students.
  • The Department of Geoscience is located on the Aarhus University campus, a unique place with university buildings grouped in one campus area in walking distance to the Aarhus city center.

Aarhus as a study centre

The university is not all Aarhus has to offer. As the second-largest city in Denmark, Aarhus has numerous cultural activities. The well-known Aarhus Festival is celebrated for a week at the beginning of September every year and the streets really come to life. During the rest of the year, you can visit different music venues and concert halls in the city or find entertainment at one of the many theatres in Aarhus. The city’s many museums include ARoS – the major international art museum, which is a spectacular place for visual experiences. If you have had enough of cultural activities, you can ride your bike to the beach in no time or go for walks in the Risskov woods or in the beautiful woods around Marselisborg. The forty thousand young students in Aarhus make up 17.5% of the population, which leaves its mark on city life. Aarhus is a young, dynamic city with plenty of opportunities.

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Competence profile

With a Master’s degree in geophysics, you have the following competences:

  • You have general knowledge of geophysics and detailed knowledge of key disciplines, methodologies, theories and concepts within geophysics.
  • You can independently plan, manage and implement projects and apply the results in scientifically relevant decision processes.
  • You can assess the applicability and appropriateness of theoretical, experimental and practical methodologies for the analysis and solution of academic questions and issues.
  • You can structure your own competence development independently and critically.
  • You are able to systematically and critically familiarise yourself with new subject areas.
  • You can communicate academic questions and issues to both a scientific and a general audience.
  • You can collaborate constructively on a scientific basis to solve subject-related issues.

Job profile

Geophysics  graduates from AU have found jobs across a wide range of fields, including groundwater management, geophysical exploration for water and minerals in engineering companies and in the energy sector (including oil and gas), and for geothermal energy and CO2 deposits. They also frequently move into higher education and government research.

Find more information about the MsC in Geophysics at Geoscience here.

"The major research centres and forward-thinking mindset at Aarhus University made this Master’s a perfect choice to boost my career in geoscience. Aarhus is a vibrant city, and the Danes are addressing the problems of the future in a feasible, friendly and hard-working way with their goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2030."

Marcos José Luis Fernández, Student from Venezuela, MSc in Geophysics