Physics of the Earth (Master)

 Why study ... Physics of the Earth?

Building on bachelor's programmes in Physics/Geophysics, the joint master’s programme taught in English offers students a broad and in-depth scientific education in the field of physics of the earth. This fundamental education enables students to understand not only the basic mechanisms of our planet, but also some of the challenges humanity faces due to its dependence on the physical environment. These topics include natural resources and risks as well as the impact of humans on nature and their immediate surroundings.

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Master of Science

Degree Programme Code: 066 680

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: English

Specific Admission Procedure


Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of the following compulsory modules: Mathematical and Numerical Methods; Seismic Waves; Physics of the Earth 1 and 2; Geophysical Measurements; Compulsory Elective Courses 1 (to choose from: Advanced Numerical Methods; Numerical Modelling of Seismic Wavefields; Seismic Hazard; Induced Seismicity; Advanced Seismometry; Geodynamics; Physics of Ionosphere and Magnetosphere; Physics of the Earth's Material; Paleomagnetism; Regional Structure; Seismic Exploration; Potential Field Methods); Compulsory Elective Courses 2; and Master Module. In addition, students have to write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Digital filtering
  • Physics of earthquakes
  • Gravity field
  • Tectonophysics
  • Anisotropy
  • and many more...

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.

After Graduation

Based on the basic education in the area of physics of the earth, graduates of this master’s programme can pursue a wide range of career paths, both in basic research as well as in technology-oriented companies, particularly in the areas of energy, natural hazards and risks, safety, raw materials, groundwater and the environment. Graduates have the opportunity to conduct research at national research institutions, universities, national and international organisations (e.g. CTBTO, IAEA), companies dealing with oil, gas or other raw materials, as well as in the private business sector and the insurance industry. Students of this joint master’s programme acquire competences in information technology, data processing and physical measurements and are qualified to work in public administration, counselling, engineering offices, etc.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates