School of Environment
Geophysics is the study of the Earth and environment using physics and mathematics. It spans from the deep interior of the Earth to its surface, oceans and atmosphere. It investigates and aims to explain the physical phenomena we observe today to discover the past history and to model their future behaviour.
Geophysicists research global processes such as plate tectonics, earthquakes, the oceans and atmosphere and climate. They explore for natural resources such as oil, minerals and groundwater, and help solve environmental problems from natural hazards to pollution monitoring and civil engineering.
If you like physics and mathematics and are also interested in the natural world then Geophysics is for you. If you have a good science background and Geology, Oceanography, or Meteorology appeals to you, specialising in Geophysics at undergraduate level or studying for a Geophysics degree at postgraduate level will open new doors. If you want to apply your Physics outdoors but also like Data Analysis and Mathematical Modelling, choosing Geophysics can equip you with much sought after practical and computational skills.
Undergraduate study in Geophysics
At undergraduate level Geophysics is available as a major within the Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme.
- Bachelor of Science in Geophysics (outlines degree requirements and lists all courses relevant to an undergraduate programme in geophysics)
- Geophysics stage III courses
To find out more about admission and enrolment, careers, academic advisers and other undergraduate study options offered by the School of Environment visit either of the sections below.
Postgraduate study in Geophysics
A postgraduate degree, usually BSc (Hons), Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) or a Master of Science (MSc), is the professional qualification required for geophysicists to advance in the industry and provides the basis for those wanting to undertake a PhD and/or pursue a career in research in geology or related disciplines.
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Geophysics
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Geophysics
- Master of Science in Geophysics
To find out more about admission and enrolment, careers, academic advisers and other postgraduate study options offered by the School of Environment visit either of the sections below.