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International Master Program in Geophysics

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The international Master's program in Geophysics at KIT is research-oriented, has a strong focus on exploration and earthquake seismology as well as natural hazards and brings together theory and field experiments. This provides our students the opportunity to cover the full range of geophysics from data acquisition to modelling, inversion and interpretation. The program is taught entirely in English.


Key Facts
  • Full time (2 years)
  • 120 Credits
  • Application deadline: 30 September for a start in October (Application portal opens around end of April).
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Proof of English: B2
  • Requirements: Bachelor Degree in Geophysics or related subjects (see below)
  • Tuition: 1654 € for Non-EU-Candidates, 154 € for EU-Candidates (per semester)
  • Final degree: Master of Sciences (M.Sc.)


Objective & Content

Students at Volcano,Sicily.

When you study in the international Master's program in Geophysics you will benefit from the strong expertise in exploration and earthquake seismology for which the Geophysical Institute of KIT has been known worldwide for more than 50 years.

In the international research-oriented master program we bring together our knowledge in theory as well as in field experiments and give you the possibility to understand the full picture from data acquisition to modelling, inversion and interpretation.

You will take part in compulsory and optional courses within your first year covering different topics of seismology and proximate subjects. During your second year, you will be fully integrated in one of the research groups working on your thesis in order to have an optimum preparation foryour future work in science or industry. For more details on the program structure see program structure above.

Recently, the concept of in situ lecturing was successfully established at KIT. In situ lectures are taught at the place that is being studied giving you the possibility to fully understand the physical dimensions and observe the whole range of parameters involved in the subject. Within the last years, in situ lectures have led our students to the Aeolian Islands, to the regions hit by the Central Italy Earthquakes in the Apennines, deep into potash mines in Thuringia, to the Gotthard base tunnel while it was built, and to seismically active regions in Germany and the Czech Republic.

International summer schools are conducted in cooperation with Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia) and Australia National University. Since KIT is part of the Eucor universities you can also choose lectures offered by our European partners, e.g. Strasbourg, France.

Program Structure

Picture taken during an In-Situ-Lecture.
Program Structure of the International Master Program in Geophysics
Program Structure

Compulsory courses in your first year cover topics of seismology, seismics, physics of seismic instruments, theory of seismic waves, seismic modelling as well as inversion and tomography. In order to specialize, you can choose optional courses from Geophysics or proximate subjects. Lectures on full-waveform inversion, seismic data processing, near-surface seismics and GPR, array processing, physical volcanology, induced seismicity, courses on geological hazards and risk and a winter school at BFO at regularly offered.

During your second year you will be fully integrated in one of our research groups working on your thesis in order to have an optimum preparation for your future work in science and industry.

The module handbook provides information on the module contents and qualification objectives. It lists lectures, exercises and seminars and includes practical guidelines on formal aspects of your studies and a tabulated module scheme showing the recommended timeline of your courses.

Module handbook: PDF


Students at a field course.

In order to apply you need to hold the following requirements:

  • Qualification for university entrance (e.g. Abitur, high school diploma, national test for university entrance, ...)  
  • Bachelor degree in one of the following subjects: Geophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Geosciences, Mineralogy, Geology, Engineering Sciences, or related subjects.
    The Bachelor degree has to be completed with a minimum of 180 ECTS points or within a regular period of study of at least three years. If the Bachelor degree has not yet been conferred by the closing date for applications, but will be completed before the registration, you can apply with a preliminary transcript of records.
  • Profound knowledge of Geophysics, Mathematics and Physics (usually a minimum 20 credits each during the Bachelor studies).
    Missing credits in Geophysics can individually caught up for during the 1st year. For immediate success students without background in Geophysics can take part in an interactive convergence course covering the most important topics from Seismology and Seismics.
  • English language proficiency:
    • Level B2 after the common European Reference Framework for languages which can be proven by Cambridge Certificate: FCA, CAE, or CPE
    • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.0 in any component
    • TOEFL: minimum reading (18), listening (17), speaking (20), writing (17)
    • TOIEC: minimum listening (400), reading (385)
    • German Abitur: minimum 5 years of English until the final year with an average mark of 5 points within the last two years or in the final exam.
  • On request the following proofs can also be accepted: Bachelor degree of a university program taught in English University entrance qualification received in an English program Bachelor thesis written in English.


Official Statues of Admission in German (legally binding)

English Translation of Statues of Admission (not legally binding)

How to apply

Students at a field course.

International students apply here: http://www.intl.kit.edu/istudies/3361.php
German students apply here: https://www.sle.kit.edu/vorstudium/master-geophysik.php


Applications for the winter term (beginning in October) can be submitted until 30 September. However, it is advised to apply early, e.g. from end of April, to have enough time for administrative matters.

Due to the modular structure of the program, a start in the summer term (April) is also possible, but not recommended for students from abroad or students who do not hold a Bachelor degree in Geophysics.


After online application, a hardcopy of your application needs to be sent to KIT, including the documents listed here:

http://www.intl.kit.edu/download/KITEnglish-course-program.pdf (page 3)