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Study geophysical sciences abroad

An in-depth guide to studying geophysical sciences as an international student.

Geophysical sciences degrees abroad

Geophysical scientists use physical laws to understand the Earth’s structure and processes.

After developing a solid understanding of earth sciences, physics, mathematics, and computing, you’ll explore how the earth came to be. You’ll analyze what it’s made of, how it works, and what this means for its inhabitants.

Studying abroad is an invaluable opportunity to see different geophysical principles, formations, and behaviors in action. From volcanoes to earthquakes, and climates to oceans, you’ll appreciate the diversity of the Earth’s systems and functions.

Geophysical sciences program structure

Most bachelor’s degrees in geophysical sciences are studied full-time over three years. However, it’s possible to convert your BSc into a four-year course by taking an industrial placement year. This is an unbeatable way to gain hands-on experience and try out career options.

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the field, you can take advantage of the graduate programs on offer. MSc courses generally take between one and two years, while PhD programs can last anywhere from four to seven years.

Lectures, workshops, seminars, laboratories, and field trips will help you develop a sound theoretical and practical understanding of geophysical science. Your progress will be assessed through a mixture of exams, essays, presentations, and fieldwork.

Thanks to the wide variety of modules on offer, it’s easy to tailor your degree to reflect your interests. However, here are some of the core topics you’ll likely cover:

  • Understanding the Earth’s structure
  • Earth materials, behaviors, and properties
  • Understanding geological processes
  • Earth and ocean systems
  • Hydrocarbon and mineral exploration
  • Monitoring natural hazards
  • Geofluids - water, ice, magma, and hydrocarbons
  • Gathering, analyzing, and interpreting geophysical data

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Geophysical sciences study abroad programs

Geophysical sciences undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in geophysical sciences

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    Geology - Geophysics - BSc Louisiana State University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    28,700 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 28,700 USD

    Start date
    January, May, August
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    Geophysics - BSc Western Washington University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    24,690 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 24,690 USD

    Start date
    January, September
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    Geophysics - BSc University of South Carolina, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,928 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 33,928 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Environmental Geoscience - BES Trent University, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,579 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    -
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    Environmental Geoscience - BSc/BSc (Hons) University of Saskatchewan, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,594 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 19,749 CAD

    Start date
    January, May, July, September
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Diploma in geophysical sciences

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    Circumpolar Studies - UGDip Trent University, Canada
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    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,579 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 23,529 CAD

    Start date
    September
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Certificate in geophysical sciences

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    Environmental Geoscience - Cert Coast Mountain College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate certificate
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    10,102 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 12,794 CAD

    Start date
    January, September
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Geophysical sciences graduate programs

Master's in geophysical sciences

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    Geology and Geophysics - MSc University of Helsinki, Finland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,049 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,000 EUR

    Start date
    September
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    Geology or Geophysics - MSc University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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    Geoscience Research - MSc Keele University, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Annual tuition fee
    21,556 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 GBP

    Start date
    September
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    Geoscience - MSc Midwestern State University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    14,200 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 14,200 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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    Geoscience - MSc University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,548 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 18,548 USD

    Start date
    January, August
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Doctorate in geophysical sciences

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    Geology or Geophysics - PhD University of Wyoming, USA

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    3 years
    Annual tuition fee
    15,500 USD

    Fee in university's local currency 15,500 USD

    Start date
    May, September
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Future geophysical sciences careers

The work of geophysical scientists is crucial in the fight against some of the world’s most serious environmental challenges. As the threats to our planet increase, you’ll have an array of important and rewarding career paths to choose from.

Your numerical, analytical, and research skills will make you a stand-out candidate for any of the following positions:

  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Offshore engineer
  • Environmental scientist
  • Natural hazard analyst
  • Archeologist
  • Research associate
  • Energy officer

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