Geophysics is a broad subject that combines several branches of earth science such as weather, seismology, meteorology, geomagnetism and atmospheric science. Once considered a niche subject that was pursued out of pure interest, it has opened up many lucrative career opportunities today with geophysicists in much demand all over the world.
Geophysics has a wide range of practical applications which include searching for new energy resources, studying locations for offshore wind farms, or monitoring the environment to mitigate natural hazards. Geophysicists are increasingly playing a key role in conserving water resources and finding innovative solutions for waste management.
There are plenty of branches within geophysics for you to choose from, based on your interests. For example, geophysicists are greatly involved in the exploration of oil and mineral using methods such as electromagnetism and seismology to locate these resources. This branch of geophysics is called Exploration Geophysics. Other branches include Petroleum Geophysics, Remote Sensing and Volcanology.
The master’s degree in Geophysics will equip you with a broad knowledge of contemporary geophysics and many transferable skill sets in geology, mathematics and computer programming. These skills will enable you to find internships and placements in the geophysical industry.
As in any other applied science, field work is an integral part of the master’s degree in geophysics.
Career opportunities for graduates in geophysics include:
- Geophysical and environmental companies
- Oil and mineral exploration
- Offshore engineering
- Environmental studies
Course pre-requisites include an undergraduate degree in earth or physical sciences. It also helps to have considerable proficiency in maths and a strong foundation in physics.