Physics of the Earth (Geophysics)

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How to explore earth’s structure

The English-language joint master’s programme in Physics of the Earth (Geophysics) started in the winter semester of 2015 and is jointly hosted by the University of Vienna and the Comenius University in Bratislava. The degree programme focuses on the functioning of the earth and the exploration of its structure. It thus approaches some of the major challenges facing humanity that arise through our dependence on natural resources, and our need for environmental and societal safety. Students learn to observe phenomena in the physical environment and to describe them using mathematics. Students obtain a strong knowledge of seismology and elastic wave propagation as well as of the gravity and magnetic field of the earth. The fundamental education advances analytical thinking, independence and the development of problem-solving competence that can be applied to questions of basic research as well as in the industrial sector.

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