A complete description of the courses of the Joint Master Program and optional electives can be found in the individual study guides of the partner universities. The individual study guides of the partner universities can be found here:

Each student must obtain a minimum of 120 credit points within 4 years to be awarded their Master degrees. It is recommended that students acquire their 120 credit points from the complete programme described in the course calendar to be announced at the beginning of each semester. However, each student must:

  1. Obtain a minimum of 25 credit points from each partner universities courses;
  2. Pass 3 out of 4 core modules at TUD, 2 out of 3 at ETH and 2 out of 6 at RWTH;
  3. Obtain 30 credit points for the Master thesis project including an obligatory colloquium at the end of the project.

In addition to courses from the course calendar students may also obtain credit points from regular courses offered at TUD, ETH and RWTH, but these courses require a permission from the Joint Examination Board.


TU Delft

YearSemesterModulesECTSCore Module
3 out of the 3 core modules from TUD must be passed!
TU DelftElectromagnetic Exploration Methods6Core Module 1
Advanced Reflection Seismology and Seismic Imaging6Core Module 2
Field Geophysics and Signal Analysis with Matlab/Python exercises6Core Module 3
Geophysics Special Subjects6
Seismic Acquisition to Data Information Content6
Geodesy and Remote Sensing 5
Geology for Geo-Energy5
Total credits of recommended courses TUD35
Nominal credits required from TUD30
Minimum credits required from TUD25

YearSemesterModulesECTSCore Module
3 out of the 3 core modules from ETH must be passed
1ETHNumerical Modelling for Applied Geophysics I5Core Module 1
Inverse Theory for Applied Geophysics I: Basics3Core Module 1
Geophysical Field Work & Processing: Methods2Core Module 2
Geophysical Field Work & Processing: Preparation and Field Work7Core Module 2
Reflection Seismology Processing4Core Module 3
Case studies in Exploration and Environmental Geophysics 3
Numerical Modelling for Applied Geophysics I
Inverse Theory for Applied Geophysics II
Inverse Theory for Geophysics II: Applications3
Geothermal Energy 3
Mathematik V: Angewandte Vertiefung von Mathematik I - III3
Total credits of recommended courses ETH41
Nominal credits required from ETH30
Minimum credits required from ETH25

YearSemesterModulesECTSCore Module
2 out of the 6 core modules from RWTH must be passed!
2RWTHGeophysics Special Methods: NMR and
Geophysics Special Methods: Spectral IP
Core Module 1
Core Module 1
Geophysical Logging and Log Interpretation6Core Module 2
Geothermics6Core Module 3
Hydrogeophysics and
Data Analysis in Geoscience
Core Module 4
Core Module 4
Numerical Reservoir Engineering6Core Module 5
Numerical Methods for Geophysical Flow6Core Module 6
Sedimentary Basin Dynamics3
Petroleum System Modelling3
Portfolio Management3
Prospect Evaluation and Risk Analysis3
Introduction to Languages for Scientific Computing6
Finite Elements in Fluids6
Mining Waste, Emission and Environment6
Economics of Technological Diffusion6
Total credits of recommended courses RWTH72
Nominal credits required from RWTH30
Minimum credits required from RWTH25

Minimum credits required for Master Degree120
Introduction to potential Master Thesis topics (no credits)0
Thesis and Colloquium30
Total nominal credits required from TUD, ETH and RWTH90
Minumum credits required to start Master Thesis Project80


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