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  • Master's Degree in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources - A.Y. 2022-23

    Class: LM-79 Geophysics Duration: 2 years
     Branch: Padova  Language: English
     Programme Coordinator: Prof. Giorgio Cassiani
     Access: open access with admission requirements


    A newly activated course in English, aiming to train professionals in the theory and applications of physical methodologies for the exploration and characterization of the subsoil with a multidisciplinary approach. The aim of the course extends to multiple areas, focusing on study of the soil and subsoil: from the search for mining and energy geo-resources, to the characterization of the subsoil for renewable energies, to the application of non-invasive techniques to civil and environmental engineering up to geological description linked to hydrogeological and seismic risk. You can take on roles of responsibility in the energy industry, both fossil and renewable, or work as a freelancer in the area of protection and management of the territory, as in the drafting and management of safety and emergency plans.


     Educational Offer - Course Units

    First Year: Physics Data Analysis, Management and Analysis of Physics Datasets, Advanced Statistics for Physics Analysis, Geotechnics, Statistical Mechanics of Complex Systems, Numerical Methods for Continuous Systems, Digital Data Processing, Electromagnetism, Solid Earth Geophysics, Numerical Methods for High-Performance Computing, Mathematical Physics for the Earth System, Applied Geophysics, Petrophysics, Geophysics for Cultural Heritage, Georesources, Geology for Geophysics, Applied Hydrology, Geophysics for Cultural Heritage and Civil Engineering, Earthquake Geology and Fault Mechanics 

    Second Year: Seismic Response of Built Structures, High Level Programming, Programmable Hardware Devices, Machine Learning, Geothermics, Numerical Methods for Differential Equations, Exploration Seismology, Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, Physics of The Atmosphere, Internship 

    • Occupational opportunities

      The graduate in Geophysics for Natural Risks and Resources will find job opportunities mainly as:
      - Exploration Geophysicist
      - Applied and Environmental Geophysicist
      In all cases, the graduate can access the regulated profession of Geologist. Also, the graduate can access a research career in Earth Sciences, and to this end the students will be encouraged to continue their studies through Ph.D. both at the national and international levels.
      For the Exploration Geophysicist the main job opportunities will be as a high level employee in the private sector, with competences and responsibilities in Earth Sciences, in particular in the fossile and renewable energy industries, where geophysical exploration is at the heart of the industrial practice.
      The graduate will easy access jobs, also in the international markets, in large energy companies and service companies, as well as in large engineering companies operating at an international level for large construction works.
      For the Engineering and Environmental Geophysicist the main job opportunities will be as an independent professional or a high level employee in the public or private sectors, with competences and responsibilities in Earth Sciences or in Enrvironmental Engineering. A typical area of application will be in the management of the territory, both in the public administration (local and regional governments, civil protection) and with private bodies. The access to the regulated profession of Senior Geologist is also a viable option. In this respect the graduate will be able to act as a consultant for a variety of industrial sectors, e.g. civil engineering companies but also insurance enterprises. The acquired competences particularly in the mitigation of natural risks (seismic and hydrological in particular) can be utilized for professional and consultant activities for local, national and international companies, also with reference to national and EU level projects.

      Characteristics and objectives