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.

Areas of study

Compulsory and optional courses in Geology, Mathematics and Physics provide the foundation for this specialisation. Elective courses in subjects such as Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geography and Marine Science are taken where relevant to your specific interests in geophysics.

You can study Geophysics in the following programmes:

What you will learn

This specialisation is for students who wish to combine geology, physics and mathematics. You can choose to focus on applied, atmospheric or marine geophysics.

Career opportunities

The Geophysics specialisation is designed to prepare you for employment in areas which rely on a physics-based understanding of our physical environment. These include basic and applied work in meteorology; oceanography; hydrology; exploration geophysics; natural hazards such as storms, floods, earthquakes and volcanoes; pollution monitoring and other aspects of environmental physics.

More information

For more information see Geophysics.