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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 a prerequisite for admission to the programme.

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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  • non-EU and EU-students application to the next Academic Year (2018-19)

    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


  • Lecture

    Lecture: Quantitative analysis and inversion of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data 

    Prof. Emanuele Forte (University of Tieste), November 22nd, Aula C, 14-16, via S. Maria 53

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    The seminar provides a general overview about the extraction of quantitative information from Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) data. 

    After a summary about this geophysical techniques, I will highlight the applicability of GPR attributes calculation and its effectiveness for improved data interpretation and for the development of optimized quantitative inversion techniques. Several examples focused on various data sets with different purposes will be shown, including the density estimation of frozen materials, the brine detection for glaciological studies, the implementation of semi-automated optimized picking strategies, unsupervised petrophysical classification, neo-tectonic integrated studies, as well as the application of combined attributes for archaeological purposes.


    E. Forte is assistant professor at the Mathematics and Geosciences Department of the Trieste University. His main research activities include shallow geophysics, geophysical data integration, GPR data processing and algorithm implementation, High-resolution reflection seismic, signal attributes, shallow water Electrical Resistivity Tomography, geophysical data integration and cross-validation. Researches focus on geophysical applications to geology, archaeology, glaciology, environmental problems (pollution, liquid contaminants and brownfields), engineering and hydrogeology. He is author/co-author of more than 50 scientific papers on international journals and more than 140 abstracts/extended abstracts on conference proceedings. He was involved in several acquisition surveys and international expeditions in Antarctic, Austria, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Malta, Perù, Slovenia, Switzerland and Turkey.


  • Stage Eni 2019

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    Eni and Eni Corporate University offer the opportunity of stage training for students of the Master Course in Exploration and Applied Geophysics of the University of Pisa.

    These three-month stages will take place at the Eni headquarters at San Donato Milanese and will constitute a part of the MSc. Thesis.

    The candidates should satisfy the following requirements:

    1) Be enrolled in the second year of the MSc. in Exploration and Applied Geophysics,

    2) Not be older than 26 years of age at the date 31/12/2017;

    3) Have a grade point average of 27/30 or above;

    4) Be fluent in written and spoken English.

    5) Have passed at least 3 of the following courses:
    Applied Geophysics, Exploration Seismology and Geophysical Well-Log; Laboratory of digital data processing; Laboratory of seismic data processing and field campaign; Signal processing for Physics.

    Candidates should send to before 3rd December 2018 the following documents:

    1) Curriculum vitae;

    2) certificate with the list of passed exams, grades and cfu;

    3) Certificate enrolment in the second year of the MSc. in Exploration and Applied Geophysics;

    4) Certification or self-certification of knowledge of the English language.

    Eni will award the winners with a contribution of €800 per month.

    The deadline is 3rd December 2018.

    Click here to download the guidelines to apply to the competition.

    For more information send a mail to:





    We inform you about this opportunity!

    The course titled “L’UTILIZZO DEI SISTEMI AEROMOBILI A PILOTAGGIO REMOTO (SAPR) NELL’AMBITO DELLE ATTIVITA’ TECNICHE E AMBIENTALI” delivered by the Rotary Club of Cascina (Pi) will start on November 24th, 2018. It is free of charge for students of the University of Pisa. The course offers the opportunity to know more about the use of drones and to obtain the certificate of the theoretical part required for the SAPR licence.

    For the students of the Master Course in Exploration and Applied Geophysics: the attendance to the course allows to obtain 2 cfu for the "Other Activities".

    Click here for more information about the program of the course.

    Click here for more information about the enrollment. The deadline is the 20th November.





  • Lecture "Electric and Electromagnetic methods for mapping of groundwater resources and of permeability"

    Prof. Gianluca Fiandaca from the Department of Geosciences of the Aarhus University (Denmark) delivers the lecture "Electric and Electromagnetic methods for mapping of groundwater resources and of permeability". Students and researchers are invited on Thursday, the 15th of November, h. 14:00-16:00, room C of the DST.


    Short Abstract

    Water is a prerequisite for all life on Earth. On a global scale, clean water for human consumption and crop irrigation ranks amongst the greatest societal challenges. Water management requires addressing the challenges of (amongst others) developing reliable and cost-efficient methods for mapping water resources and for predicting the spatio-temporal dynamics of hydrogeochemical processes. These challenges are exacerbated by the changing climate that will result in, among other things, increases in drought periods and sudden floods. Hydrogeophysics and hydrology are the key methods for addressing these challenges thanks to their ability to map and monitor the subsurface and to measure, model and predict groundwater flow.



    Short Biography

    Gianluca Fiandaca is Associate Professor in Hydrogeophysics at the Department of Geoscience of the Aarhus University (Denmark). He has key expertise in electric and electromagnetic methods and integration with hydrological data for improved mapping of groundwater resources, development of geophysical processing and inversion algorithms and geophysical characterization of contaminated sites, landfills and leachate plumes.



    Only for the students of the Master Course in Exploration and Applied Geophysics, participating to the lecture will contribute to obtain cfu for the "Other Activities".