Master’s studies

Syllabus for Exploration and Environmental Geophysics

Prospekterings- och miljöinriktad geofysik


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1GV054
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2013-03-21
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2013
  • Entry requirements: 60 credits in mathematics and physics, or 60 credits in earth science and 15 credits in mathematics.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain the physical principles governing the propagation of seismic waves, describe and apply the principles of seismic data acquisition and have a broad understanding of the instruments used in the field.
  • Interpret a seismic section and identify different seismic phases.
  • Describe the basic processing steps of reflection seismic data.
  • Derive a model of the subsurface based on refraction seismic data.
  • Be able to make gravity measurements and calculate Free-air and Bouguer anomalies and interpret gravity data.
  • Describe the common types of magnetisation, understand how a Proton and a Cesium Vapour magnetometer works, and interpret magnetic data.
  • Describe the different electrical and electromagnetic methods and how they relate to electrical conductivity and dielectric permittivity.
  • Compare different geophysical methods, describe their weaknesses, strengths, and applicability to different problems and geological environments.


The seismic reflection method, the seismic refraction method, gravity measurements, magnetisation and magnetic measurements, electrical methods, electromagnetic methods including ground penetrating radar, radiometric methods, borehole logging, petrophysics, geophysical field techniques, geophysical modelling and interpretation, field course.


The course consists of lectures, seminars, exercises, computer exercises and a compulsory field course. Participation in computer exercises, field course and associated lectures is mandatory.


The written examination corresponds to 7 credits and the compulsory part to 8 credits, of which 3 credits for the field course and 5 credits for the computer exercises.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 05, 2013

  • Reynolds, John M. An introduction to applied and environmental geophysics

    2. ed.: Wiley, 2011

    Find in the library