Academic year 2016/2017

Degree Program Profile

Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Master Degree in

Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF Level 6

Number of Years/credits

2 years; 120 ECTS

Mode of Study


*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:


Internationalization Coordinator (CAI):
Prof. Luigi Folco

Language of Teaching


Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Italian First cycle qualification (Laurea) or foreign equivalent in the same or related subject area, with possible extra work if required competences are lacking.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students whose curricula show lacuna may need to take extra first cycle course units before admission.

General Information

Programme Profile

The MSc program in Exploration and Applied Geophysics has the objective of preparing student with a solid background on classical physics and mathematics the limitations of the geophysical methods of investigation. They will be able to use the existing physical, mathematical, and computational methodologies that together the related geosciences and engineering methods, allow for an effective exploration of the Earth, at various spatial and temporal scales, for either scientific or application purposes.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of MSc in Exploration and Applied Geophysics will acquire:
• a basic complete education in physics, mathematics, and information technology;
• additional knowledge in geology, physics, and mathematics, focused on the geophysical phenomenology which constitutes the foundation of the geophysical prospecting and exploration methods;
• knowledge and training in signal analysis and geophysical data processing;
• an adequate mastery of the geophysical exploration methods and of the data analysis and interpretation techniques applied to the search for energy sources, to the estimation of the physical properties and of the structural features of the subsurface and of the investigated materials;
• the ability to develop and to make use of geophysical and mathematical tools applied to the study of the geophysical phenomena, to the exploration and exploitation of natural resources, to the prevention of natural and environmental risks, to the exploration of the Earth geological structures, to the investigations for the planning of engineering works and to the non-destructive testing for the conservation and safety of buildings and for the underground facilities;
• laboratory and field training with hands-on use of geophysical instrumentations, of digital processing and modeling tools, of remote sensing and topographic techniques and of visualization and interpretation tools;
• the ability to plan and to perform geophysical investigations, either field works and processing and interpretation works, interacting with the other professionals operating in the fields of geosciences and engineering, selecting the geophysical method(s) optimal either from a technical and an economical point of view;
• the ability of writing and speaking at least one European Community language besides Italian, also with reference to professional lexicons.

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

The graduates of the Master of Science in Applied Geophysics Exploration and may exercise exploration geophysics, analytical and numerical treatment of the data geophysical, mathematical and numerical modelling of geophysical phenomena, while developing a strong interaction with other disciplines of geosciences and engineering. The acquired skills will support the integration of graduates in the areas of oil companies and the exploration and production of renewable energy, service companies and geophysical consulting freelance, public research institutions, and government institutions for monitoring and environmental protection.

Access to further study

The Laurea Magistrale degree in EXPLORATION AND APPLIED GEOPHYSICS allows the graduate to compete for entry into a Third Cycle programme/doctoral school.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The required 120 credits must obtain at least 12 credits on Physics teachings, 12 credit on geological teachings, 27 on geophysical teachings. 15 credits (including a 6 credit course on Signal theory) are reserved to additional courses related to the spec

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