Solid Earth Geophysics
Solid Earth Geophysics combines geology with geophysics to study the structure of the Earth’s interior and the physical processes related to its evolution.

This is not only crucial for understanding phenomena such as earthquake and volcanic activity related to plate tectonics, but also important for exploration of natural resources, environmental studies and engineering, for example. Below you will find a list of courses available in the Solid Earth Geophysics study track and you can learn more about our research, teaching, and other activities on the Solid Earth Geophysics wiki page.

Previous studies required for this study track:
BSc in geosciences or related field with minor studies in physics

Structure of Studies

The study track in Solid Earth Geophysics in the MSc degree in Geology and Geophysics comprises 120 credits divided among Advanced studies: common courses (50 cr), essential courses (25-30 cr), elective advanced studies courses (15-40 cr) and Other studies: courses in addition to required to reach 120 cr (5-30 cr).

The advanced courses are divided into essential and elective modules to provide logical course combinations to develop expertise in your areas of interest. Details about the courses offered in this study track are given below. You can also find course descriptions and additional information on our Eduviewer.

Planned course list for 2020-2023

Advanced studies, min. 90 cr

Com­mon courses, 50 cr, compulsory

GEOM_1003 Conducting scientific research, 10 cr, periods III-IV, every year

GEOM_1008 Scientific Engagement, 5 cr, I-IV, every year

GEOM_1004 MSc Thesis, 30 cr

GEOM_1005 Internship, 5 cr, summer between 1. and 2. year

Essential courses, 25-30 cr compulsory

FYS2077 Introduction to Solid Earth Geophysics, 5 cr, period I, every year *

GEOM_S2011 Applied Geophysics, 5 cr, period II, even years

GEOM_S2012 Field course of solid Earth geophysics, 5 cr, period IV, every year

GEOM_S2013 Lithospheric structure and dynamics, 5 cr, periods I-II, every year

GEOM_S2014 Petrophysics, 10 cr, periods I-IV, every year

* Required if no equivalent course exists in previous studies

Choose at least one of the following course packages and take the required credits of that course package. But take min. 15 cr.

Earth and Planetary Dynamics, if chosen take min. 15 cr

GEOM_1001 3D modelling, 5 cr, period IV, odd years

GEOM_S2071 Earthquake seismology, 5 cr, period IV, every year

GEOM_S2042 Geodynamics, 5 cr, period I, even years

GEOM_S2022 Geothermics, 5 cr, periods III-IV, odd years

GEOM_S2051 Introduction to Geodesy, 5 cr, period III-IV, odd years

GEOM_S2044 Introduction to Quantitative Geology, 5 cr, period II, odd years

GEOM_S2024 Paleomagnetism, 5 cr, period I-II, odd years

GEOM_S2061 Planetary geophysics, 5 cr, period III-IV, 2022

GEOM_S2052 Satellite positioning, 5 cr, period I-II, even years

GEOM_S2054 Space geodesy, 5 cr, period I-II, odd years

Advanced topics in geophysics, announced yearly

Properties of the Solid Earth, if chosen take min. 15 cr

GEOM_S2071 Earthquake seismology, 5 cr, period IV, every year

GEOM_S2031 Ground penetrating radar, 5 cr, period III, odd year

GEOM_S2032 Environmental magnetism, period I, even years

GEOM_S2022 Geothermics, 5 cr, periods III-IV, odd years

GEOM_S2024 Paleomagnetism, 5 cr, periods I-II, odd years

GEOM_S2044 Introduction to Quantitative Geology, 5 cr, period II, odd years

GEOM_S2073 Seismic Structural Studies, 5 cr, period III, even years

GEOM_S2072 Theory of Seismic Waves, 5 cr, period II, every year

GEOM_1001 3D modelling, 5 cr, period IV, odd years

Advanced topics in geophysics, announced yearly

Seismology course package, if chosen take min. 15 cr

GEOM_S2071 Earthquake seismology, 5 cr, period IV, every year

GEOM_S2073 Seismic Structural Studies, 5 cr, period III, even years

GEOM_S2072 Theory of Seismic Waves, 5 cr, period II, every year

MATR326 Tools for high performance computing, 5 cr, period III-IV, even years

Advanced topics in geophysics, announced yearly

Scientific computing, if chosen take min. 10 cr

MATR323 Basics of Monte-Carlo simulations, 5 cr, period III, every year

MAST31401 Inverse problems I: convolution and deconvolution, 5 cr, period I, every year

MAST31406 Inverse problems II: tomography and regularization, 5 cr, period II, every year

MATR322 Scientific computing III, 10 cr, period III-IV, odd years

MATR307 Solid state continuum mechanics I, 5 cr, period III, odd years

MATR318 Solid state continuum mechanics II, 5 cr, period IV, odd years

PAP334 Statistical methods, 5 cr, periods I-II, every year

PAP303 Statistical inverse methods, 5 cr, periods III-IV even years

MATR326 Tools for high performance computing, 5 cr, periods III-IV even years

 

You can also choose additional advanced courses from cross-over course packages offered by other Geo^2 study tracks, or courses that support your orientation from other study programmes.

Other studies, min 5 cr

Courses in addition to those above as required to reach 120 cp.

 

Find the degree structure and course details in Eduviewer

Please check the course schedules always from Courses page!

 

Recent theses

Link to e-thesis database.

Below are some examples of the recent thesis titles related to Solid Earth Geophysics. You may also want to check out the list of all Geology theses at the link on the left, where you can find other theses in Geophysics.

Rinne Lauri, 2021. Seismic Wave Attenuation and the Spectral Decay Parameter κ (kappa) in Crystalline Bedrock at Olkiluoto, SW Finland

Voutilainen Ahti, 2021. A New Ground Motion Prediction Equation for Otaniemi, Espoo, South-Finland

Wang Yijun, 2020. Numerical Modelling of Oblique Subduction in the Southern Andes Region

Karjalainen Aino, 2020. Borehole Magnetic Resonance Method in Hard Rock Environments: A Case Study from the Olkiluoto Spent Nuclear Fuel Repository Site

McKevitt Bláthnaid, 2020. Southern Continuation of the Siilinjärvi Carbonatite Complex at the Siilinjärvi Phosphate Mine in Finland, Based on Geophysical Data

Galvin Keith. 2020. Seismic Amplitude vs. Offset and Attribute Analyses for Mine Planning at the Hannukainen Fe-Cu-Au Mine Site

Ylä-Mella Lotta, 2020. Forward and Inverse Modelling of Terrestrial Cosmogenic Nuclides to Detect Past Glaciations

Noora Harjama, 2020. Visualization and Interpretation of the Seismic Reflection Data in Archaean Basement in Sodankylä, Lapland

Laakso, Viveka, 2019. Testing of Reflection Seismic, GPR and Magnetic Methods for Mineral Exploration and Mine Planning at the Siilinjärvi Phosphate Mine Site in Finland

Elina Koskela, 2019. Analysis, classification and 3D layer modelling of temperature data at Olkiluoto

Väkevä, Sakari, 2019. Using Three-Component Data for Seismic Interferometry Studies at the Kylylahti Mine, Eastern Finland

Luoto, Toni, 2018. Mioseenisten nisäkäsfossiililöytöpaikkojen magnetostratigrafia, Sofular ja Yeniyaylacik, Keski-Anatolia, Turkki.

Aalto, Aleksi, 2017. Development of a Web GIS Application and Data Management Practices for Integrating Geological and Geophysical Data.

Tuomi, Hilkka, 2016. Seismic forward modelling constraints for seismic ore exploration at the Kylylahti Cu-Co-Zn-Ni-Ag-Au sulfide deposit.

Blomqvist, Niclas, 2016. Global variations in erosion of young orogens: Swath profile comparison of climatic, erosional and topographic metrics to long-term exhumation rates.

Lammi, Hannu, 2015. Numerical Modelling of Mid-Crustal Flow Applied to Svecofennian Orogeny