MSc Track: Applied Geophysics

Course objective

The Applied Geophysics track trains students in all geophysical and related aspects of environmental and engineering investigations and in the exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbon and geothermal energy. Applied Geophysics is part of a joint programme run by TU Delft, ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen. Applied Geophysics adds an international perspective to your career prospects.

Research and teaching subjects

  • Time lapse or 4D seismic imaging, linking 4D geophysical parameters to dynamic reservoir parameters;
  • 2D and 3D high-resolution seismic and GPR methods as well as electric resistivity and magnetic methods;
  • Imaging and characterisation in complex media, incorporating small-scale effects in imaging, multi-scale analysis, imaging techniques for multi-valued arrivals;
  • Development of geothermal applications for energy supply.

The Applied Geophysics track comprises various core modules, specialised courses and a research thesis. During the core modules students acquire the fundamental knowledge that is essential for practising applied geophysics. Basic processes and state-of-the-art technologies are taught. Students must be able to think independently and integrate concepts and information.

A key part of the curriculum consists of a period of field work during which the students design and execute a programme of geophysical investigation aimed at resolving actual engineering, environmental or archaeological problems

The thesis work usually involves the integration of theory with data derived from field observations, field tests or laboratory work. Academic value is guaranteed by integrating the theses into the research activities of (a) one of the partner universities or (b) a suitable industrial, governmental or other university laboratory.


Graduates receive both the MSc degree in Applied Earth Sciences from the TU Delft and a joint degree certificate in Applied Earth Sciences from the ETH Zurich and RWTH Aachen.


Our graduates work in a wide range of companies and government institutes in the petroleum and civil engineering industry, such as oil and gas companies, contracting firms, IT companies, engineering companies, operators and financial institutions. Some sign up for PhD research programmes in various parts of the world. Others find employment outside geophysics in, for example, consultancy agencies.

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Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics

The Applied Geophysics and Petrophysics Group at TUD in Delft (the Netherlands) develops seismic and electromagnetic methods to image and characterise the subsurface and subsurface processes and investigates elastic and electromagnetic rock and soil properties under various conditions for the oil and gas industry, the mineral industry, engineering geology and civil engineering, archaeology, hydrology, etc.

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