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Objectives of the Degree

The Master’s Degree Course in Exploration and Applied Geophysics is designed to train geophysicists with a solid basic preparation and with specialized skills to face and solve different types of geological and engineering problems in the basic and applied fields. Thanks to the highly interdisciplinary character of this degree, geophysicists are trained to interact effectively with other professional figures working in the different sectors of Earth Sciences and Engineering.
Such a professional figure, currently absent on the Italian national scene for the lack of training initiatives of this type, would find excellent employment prospects in Italy and abroad both in the public and private sectors (Job Prospects).
To guarantee a connection with the industries, research centers and public institutes of the “geophysical market”, the course is supported by numerous public and private institutions actively collaborating through specialized courses and seminars, internships and specific tools for the degree theses (External Support). Finally, the Master’s Degree provides all the necessary tools and knowledge for Specialization Courses and PhD programs.

The Programme in Exploration and Applied Geophysics will allow students to acquire:

• solid basic preparation in physics, mathematics and computer science;
• additional knowledge of geology, physics and mathematics useful to the understanding of geological phenomena by means of geophysical prospecting and exploration methods. This cultural baggage will be complemented by information technology skills for data processing;
• good command of scientific methods of investigation such as electric, electromagnetic, seismic, gravimetric and radar methods, as well as data analysis and interpretation techniques to obtain information on sub-surface geology and physical features of materials investigated;
• ability to apply geophysical and mathematical tools to the study of both large- and small-scale geological phenomena, exploration and production of natural resources, exploration of subsurface geological structures, prevention of environmental risks, prospection for the design and construction of major engineering works, non-destructive surveys for the maintenance and safety of buildings and infrastructures in urban settings;
• practical skills related to the use of geophysical ground-based survey equipment, as well as laboratory skills for the signal digital processing , remote-sensing by satellite techniques, and visualization and interpretation of the results;
• ability to plan geophysical surveys and design laboratory procedures for numerical data processing of the acquired seismic data;
• ability to select and use optimal methodologies from both a technical and economic point of view;
• oral and written knowledge of the English language, with particular regard to the specialized lexicon of the discipline.


  • Webinar: "Petrolio dalle andesiti, Neuquén Basin, Argentina" by Sergio Rocchi
    This webinar is intended as a story of the field trip of the LASI 6 Conference (The physical geology of subvolcanic systems: laccoliths, sills and dykes, Malargüe, Mendoza Province, Argentina, 24-29 November 2019 - The webinar is not a report on a scientific study of a specific topic, but is structured as a presentation of the geological peculiarities of the Neuquén Basin, such as the enormous yet little known Quaternary volcanic province, the superb exposures of the Miocene sub-volcanic bodies, and the oil field with unconventional reservoirs, fundamental support of the economy of Argentina.
    The webinar is in Italian, with slides in English. Questions can be asked in English.
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  • Seminar about Ground-Penetrating radar and Glaciology

    The course of Radar Geomorphology organizes a seminar delivered by Prof. Emanuele Forte (University of Trieste): "GPR in Glaciology: potential and challenge"

    The seminar is planned for January 27th and will insight the possibility of GPR to image the interior of glaciers, to infer ice density distribution, locate brines and determine warm and cold domains. All are invited.




  • Discovering the subsurface of Mars


    Roberto Orosei will deliver a seminar inside the course of Radar Geomorphology: "Radar detection of subglacial water under the South polar cap of Mars"

    The seminar is scheduled for January 27th (Room C, 14 PM, Earth Sciences Department) and will illustrate the capability of GPRs mounted aboard ESA Mars Express and NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to explore the subsurface of Mars. All are invited, see you there.

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    The web portal for non-EU and EU-students application to the next Academic Year (2020-21) is operative. 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.

    Applications will be evaluated in three rounds; students positively evaluated in the first round will be considered for a scholarship granted by the University of Pisa.




    Dr. Gianluca Catanzariti (3D GEOIMAGING) will deliver a seminar inside the course of Radar Geomorphology

    "Non-conventional use of Ground Penetrating Radar: the example of the Italian research at Tutankhamon's tomb (KV62)"

    The seminar's abstract cna be find here.

    Students and researchers are invited on Thursday, the 12nd of December (09:15 am), Room E of the Department of Earth Sciences


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