Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University Bratislava

Physics of the Earth

International Joint Master Study Programme





Usual duration:

2 years

Program directors:

prof. RNDr. Peter Moczo, DrSc.
prof. Dr. Götz Bokelmann

Related study programs: bachelor's degree programs Physics

Description of the Study Program

The Study Programme “Physics of the Earth” is an International Joint Master Study Programme performed by the University of Vienna (UW) and the Comenius University in Bratislava (CUB) and is offered in English language. Courses are scheduled on two days in Bratislava and on one day in Vienna during all weeks in semester. Students apply and become students of both Universities. Graduates of the master programme are graduates of both Universities. 

There is no tuition fee for the EU citizens and permanent residents of EU. The tuition fee for other students is 1500 EUR at CUB plus tuition fee at UW. 

Building on Bachelor programmes in physics/geophysics, the Master programme provides a broad and deep scientific education in Physics of the Earth. This fundamental education allows not only to understand the principal functioning of our planet, but also some of the major challenges facing humanity through its dependence on the physical environment, e.g. natural resources and hazards, as well as the impact of man on nature and man`s own environment. 

What to expect

The focus of the study programme is on furthering the exposure to mathematics and physics as relevant in the Physics of the Earth, and the quantitative methods used in the field. Students learn how to observe and mathematically describe phenomena occurring in the physical environment. The fundamental education advances analytical thinking, and graduates are able to work independently and develop problem-solving competence that can be applied to questions of basic research as well as industrial application. There are optional classes in applications such as exploration-related techniques and seismic hazard analysis. 

Master’s thesis 

The topic of the thesis is to be taken from a field of the modules offered. Topics supervised at CUB are focused on physical structure of the Earth, physical processes in the Earth and in the Earth environment, on processing and analysis of experimental and observatory measurements, on methods of mathematical and numerical modelling of physical processes and physical fields in the Earth and its environment. 

Examples of successful theses of our students: 

Graduates’ career opportunities

Through the thorough education in the field of Physics of the Earth, students will be able to choose between careers in fundamental research and technologically-oriented companies, particularly in the fields of energy, security, raw materials, groundwater, and environment. Pertaining research is performed in national research organizations, universities, and the private sector. These are applied in national and international organizations (e.g., CTBT, IAEA), in companies dealing with oil and gas or other natural resources, and in the insurance industry. The rigorous approach learned in this programme allows graduates to use their skills also in other physical and natural science occupations. Students acquire skills in information technologies and data processing, as well as physical measurement. Beyond job opportunities that are available exclusively to quantitatively-trained graduates, more general opportunities exist in public administration, engineering companies, consulting etc.