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The Master of Science Programme was established in 2007 by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Department of Physics, with the contribution of the Department of Information Engineering, of the University of Pisa, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Polytechnic of Milan. The course is 2 year-long full-time, leading to the acquisition of 120 ECTS of which 40 credits are dedicated to the M.Sc. thesis work. The programme is offered in English.

Exploration and Applied Geophysics is a discipline that integrates physics principles and knowledges with knowledges of geology, engineering, and digital processing. It develops and applies non-invasive research methods aimed at the study of the shallow parts (from a few centimeters to a few kilometers) of the Earth and of man-made manufactures (Other Information).

The course is research-oriented and it develops through a process aimed at a deeper methodological understanding of different surveying techniques (electric, magnetic, radar, seismic, gravimetric), and of methods related to the processing, analysis and interpretation of the data (Objectives of the Degree). The principal applications are in the domains of exploration and production of energy and mineral resources, of investigation for engineering and environment, and of geological and archaeological research (Job Prospects). During the course of studies, the students will acquire hands-on experience using industry standard software and equipment.

Admission requirements: the course is open to all students with a pertinent scientific bachelor's degree, or other equivalent or superior foreign academic qualification. Our records show that past students have come from a wide range of disciplines including Geology, Physics, Telecommunications, and/or Electronics Engineering, Civil and/or Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics. Admission to the Master’s Degree course is subject to passing a test by which we evaluate the candidate’s skills and motivations, and verify that the necessary requirements for the course are satisfied. A knowledge of the English language equivalent or superior to B2 level is desirable.

Double Degree Programme: the University of Pisa and the Montan University of Leoben (Austria) have established a Double Degree Programme “International Master of Applied and Exploration Geophysics”. Students will be awarded a double diploma in Applied and Exploration Geophysics issued by the two partner Universities. Students enrolled in the Master of Science Programme in Exploration and Applied Geophysics at the University of Pisa may also apply for admission to the “International Master of Applied and Exploration Geophysics”.

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     Please find the official document at this link. Here below the principal information.

    Duration and Aim of the stages - The stages are 3-month long and aim at making the MSc thesis.

    The thesis tutor (belonging to the teachers of the MSc course must be involved in the choice of the thesis topic.

    Who can apply? - Students who have the following requisites can be selected:

    - To be regularly enrolled at the second year of the MSc in Exploration and Applied Geophysics (University of Pisa)

    - Not to be over 26 years old on the date of December 31, 2019

    - To have a weighted average of marks equal or higher than 27/30

    - To be good at written and oral English

    - To have passed at least three of the following exams: Applied Geophysics; Exploration Seismology and geophysical well-logs; Laboratory of digital data processing; Laboratory of seismic data processing and field campaign; Signal processing for Physics

    The application must include:

    - Curriculum vitae;

    - Certificate of exams (with marks and University credits) provided by the University

    - Certificate of enrollment to the second year of the MSc provided by the University

    - Self-certification of degree of knowledge of written and oral English and any supporting documentation

    Deadline for application - This documentation must be sent strictly within December 04, 2019 to the following email account:


    In the email reference (oggetto) must be reported the wording “Candidatura stage – Progetto Geologia 2020”.

    After a positive evaluation of requisites, candidates will be examined via oral and practical tests at the headquarter of San Donato Milanese within the first half of December 2019.

    The selected candidates will be supported by a grant of 800euro/month covering the entire stage duration.





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    The 2019 SEG Distinguished Lecturer John T. Etgen (British Petroleum) from Houston,will come to Pisa to deliver the lecture


    "Practical insights and techniques in seismic velocity estimation".


    Students and researchers are invited on Friday, the 11th of October, hrs. 14:00 pm, Room C of the DST.

    The event is organized by the Student Chapter of the University of Pisa and is supported by the Master of Science in Exploration and Applied Geophysics.

    Participating to the event will contribute to obtain ECTS for the "Other Activities".



    The estimation of seismic wave speeds plays one of the most important and critical roles in seismic data processing. As we explore more complex and previously unexplorable provinces, as well as demanding ever-higher quality images from seismic reflection data everywhere, accurate velocity models are of paramount importance. I feel this topic is so important that everyone involved in creating images from seismic reflection data should understand the fundamentals of seismic velocity estimation and be able to recognize limitations and pitfalls in practical applications. This lecture is designed to provide insights into how seismic velocity estimation really works, what you can resolve, and what you will have difficulty resolving. I will present experiments that demonstrate the power and limitations of tomographic approaches that rely on iterative prestack migration. During this discussion you will learn concepts that might at first seem counter-intuitive; for example, lateral resolution of velocity anomalies can often be higher than vertical resolution. I will demonstrate simple and effective ways of performing analysis and quality control during velocity model construction. Finally, we will discuss emerging and advanced methods for building velocity models in the most complex settings that are currently of industrial interest.



    etgenJohn T. Etgen received a bachelor of science degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1985 and a Ph.D.

    in geophysics from Stanford University in 1990. During his studies, he had the good fortune to work on a wide variety of topics in seismic imaging and data processing while learning from his mentors, Jon Claerbout and Norm Bleistein, along with many talented colleagues and fellow students. His thesis studied new-at-the-time prestack migration-driven tomographic techniques for velocity estimation. That experience taught him the true difficulties of inverse problems. Leaving Stanford behind, he began his industrial career in late 1990 at the Amoco Production Research Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Unlike many new Ph.D. graduates, he did not want to continue to work on his thesis topic! Fortunately, once again he had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of topics and learn from leading researchers, such as Dan Whitmore, Rusty Alford, Kurt Marfurt, Ken Kelley, Sam Gray, and many others. In 1999, Amoco merged with British Petroleum (BP) and John moved to Houston, Texas. His role was senior scientist and then senior scientific advisor for seismic imaging at BP. In 2008, he and Carl Regone were awarded the Virgil Kauffman medal for their work in wide-azimuth marine seismic. In late 2011, John was appointed distinguished advisor for seismic imaging at BP. John currently serves as assistant editor for the scientific journal Geophysics and continues to work in the upstream technology organization at BP.





    Dates of Admission Tests for Academic Year 2019-2020:   

    • September 05, 10:00 AM
    • September 12, 10:00 AM
    • September 19, 10:00 AM

    The tests will be held at the 3rd floor of the Department of Earth Sciences, via S. Maria 53, PISA.

    It is necessary to register for the test writing an email to specifying the date and attaching the Previous curriculum assessment table.
    An email will confirm the registration.

    People who already passed the test in the previous weeks are excluded by this evaluation.


  • Presentation of GEMS: Geoscience for Energy - Eni Master School

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    Eni Master School will come in Pisa to present the second level master "Geoscience for Energy". The presentation will take place the 23rd of May at 15:00 in room C of the DST.


    Among the aims of the Master, the following topics are included:
    -      develop specialist skills in matters relating to the application of the geosciences in multidisciplinary and multicultural contexts, with particular focus on the research and    development of energy sources, such as hydrocarbons and other sustainable forms.
    -      strengthen cutting-edge areas of competences connected with technological innovation (e.g. big data, machine learning, artificial intelligence, etc.).

    For more information about the master, click here to download the brochure




  • NON-EU and EU-students: Application to the next Academic Year

    A new portal has been put in operation for non-EU and EU-students to applicate to the next Academic Year (2019-20). Please visit the site:

    and follow carefully the instructions required for registration and documents uploading. After a positive evaluation, applicants will be informed about enrolment procedure at the University of Pisa