Contents of the Modules
- Dynamics, Evolution and Simulation of Geophysical Systems,
Advanced Methods for Investigating the Earth,
Advanced Methods of Applied Geophysics
In these three modules the knowledge in the three main research areas of the Institute of Geophysics – geodynamics, seismology and applied geophysics - is expanded and brought up to the current state of research. This provides the students with the necessary background to successfully conduct their own research project during the research phase in the second year.
- Elective Studies
The three advanced geophysics modules are supplemented by geophysics-related elective studies, which can be chosen from the fields of nonlinear physics, materials physics and geoscience.
- Interdisciplinary Studies
In this module courses from the broad range offered by the departments at the University of Münster can be chosen which are meaningful for the study of geophysics or which provide professional skills.
- Professional Specialization and Project Design and Master’s Project
The crucial element in the professional training of a prospective geophysicist is the extensive research phase in the second year of study. It promotes independent scientific work. In this phase the scientific research is inseparably linked with the acquisition of key skills such as project management, team work and the presentation of scientific results.
More detailed module descriptions can be found in the appendix of the examination regulations of the Master’s course in geophysics (in German).
Application and Approval Procedure
Prerequisite for the admission to the Master’s program "Geophysics" is a Bachelor's degree in geophysics, physics, mathematically oriented geosciences, or a closely related subject with a minimum grade of "C" according to ECTS. Applicants are expected to be familiar with the content covered by the Bachelor’s program in geophysics offered at WWU, especially in geophysics, mathematics and physics. Furthermore, appropriate English language skills (CEFR level B2 or equivalent) need to be proven.
In case of incomplete equivalence with the Bachelor's program in geophysics offered at WWU, the approval can be granted conditional on attending additional classes from the Bachelor’s program in geophysics offered at WWU. Since these classes are taught in German, this possibility only exists for candidates with appropriate language skills.
The application for admission to the Master’s program „Geophysics" has to be submitted online to the Student Admissions Office of the University of Münster. For applicants from Germany, the EU/EEA, and Non-EU/Non-EEA countries the deadline is September 15 for the winter semester and March 15 for the summer semester.
Online Application for the MSc program
Admission regulations Master Geophysics
Examination regulations Master Geophysics (enrollment starting vom WS 2020/21)
Examination regulations Master Geophyics (enrollment before WS 2020/21, German only)