24 months
3000 EUR/year
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The Geophysics master's degree program at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is modularly structured. The competences and skills acquired during the bachelor's degree program are strengthened and complemented.


The basic scientific qualifications acquired during bachelor’s studies are further deepened or complemented in the master’s program of geophysics. In particular, the graduates’ profiles are further developed and their scopes of geophysical knowledge and methods are broadened. 

Studies are aimed at the graduates having the capability of independently using scientific knowledge and methods and of assessing their significance and scope for the solution of complex scientific and socially relevant problems.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of the master’s program of Geophysics from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) know and understand the scientific fundamentals of general and applied geophysics and have deepened this knowledge in particular in the areas of seismics, seismology, and natural hazards. They can discuss and solve geophysical problems.

Graduates understand seismics and seismology and in particular the theory of seismic waves and can calculate the solution of the elastic wave equation for the general and special cases. They know the principles of inversion of seismic waves and can apply them. They understand the measurement technology used in geophysics, can explain and compare a number of measurement principles, and know how an objective and detailed error assessment of the measurement results is carried out. They can process and analyze seismic signals of various frequency ranges and evaluate foreign analyses of seismic signals. In seismics, seismology, and interpretation, the students know all working steps from data collection to analysis and can execute them.

Career prospects

Career prospects present themselves in university and non-university research, development and application, e.g. in the exploitation of raw materials (geothermics, minerals), environmental management (detection of pollutants, survey of deposition zones, hydrogeological operations), construction projects (sub-ground surveys for tunnels, dams, above-ground constructions, etc.) or in monitoring natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanos) as well as in the survey of the earth's interior from crust to core. Another possible career path for master's graduates is in science, starting with a doctorate.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seismometry, Signal Processing and Seismogram Analysis
  • Theory and Inversion of Seismic Waves
  • Recent Geodynamics
  • Modern Physics Laboratory Course
  • Geological Hazards and Risk
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a completed bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree issued by a university, university of applied sciences or a university of cooperative education based on a minimum of 180 ECTS credit points (alternatively at least 3 years program length) in geophysics or a related field
  • minimum requirements completed in the bachelor's program in the following fields:geophysics of at least 20 credit points
  • physics of at least 20 credit points
  • mathematics of at least 20 credit points
  • Should up to 20 credit points be missing, admission may be granted under the provision that certain exams are completed by the end of the second semester. Recognition of study achievements in the above-mentioned fields is at the sole discretion of the admission board.
  • excellent English language skills on B2 level according to the Common European Framework for Reference for languages. Sufficient are e.g. 5 years of English with at least the grade 4 (5 points) in the last two school years.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1500 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Karlsruhe

780 - 1140 EUR /month
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