Master of Science in Geophysics

The research-oriented, two-years long Master’s course mainly covers the fields of geodynamics, seismology and applied geophysics and therefore it reflects the main areas of research of the Institute of Geophysics. The subjects of the Master’s theses are usually from one of these areas. This ensures a close link between teaching and research. After successful completion of the course of study the degree Master of Science (M. Sc.) in Geophysics is awarded.

The following graphic depicts the general structure of the study course:

Modules for the Master of Science in Geophysics


1 Dynamics, Evolution
and Simulation
of Geophysical Systems
14 CP
Advanced Methods
for Investigating the Earth
14 CP
Advanced Methods
in Applied Geophysics
10 CP
14–18 CP
4–8 CP
3 Specialization and Project Design
30 LP
4 Master’s Thesis
30 LP

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 Thesis
    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 course in geophysics is a profound background in physics and mathematics. Missing knowledge in geophysics and geoscience can be caught up in the framework of equalization studies. In particular, applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in physics can be admitted even without prior knowledge in geophysics. Also applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in related fields with a strongly mathematical/physical orientation (e.g., meteorology, Bachelor with the two subjects physics and mathematics) can be admitted, if they demonstrate a sufficient background knowledge in physics and mathematics. An admission commission within the department of physics decides about each application.

The application for admission to the Master’s Course of Geophysics has to be submitted online to the Student Admissions Office of the University of Münster. For applicants from Germany and the EU/EEA the deadline is 15 September for the winter semester and 15 March for the summer semester. For applicants from Non-EU/Non-EEA countries the deadlines are 30 November for the summer semester in the following year and the 31 May for the winter semester.

Online Application for the MSc program

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