The Earth's Potential Fields, 5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 33%, Campus

    Start date: 20 March 2023

    End date: 4 June 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-68123 Application

    Language of instruction: The course will be taught in English, if needed

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: 20 February 2023 – 19 March 2023

Entry requirements: 120 credits including 75 credits in physics and mathematics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,083

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,083

About the course

This course gives you in-depth knowledge about the description, measurement and analysis of the Earth's gravitational and magnetic fields with the aim of understanding and mapping out structures and processes in the Earth's interior. Furthermore, the course gives you experience in the use of techniques which are relevant for global problems as well as for regional and local applications. You are introduced to a number of case studies covering anything from the role of satellite measurements in global geodynamic studies over air-borne magnetic field measurements in mineral prospecting to small-scale archaeological studies. The theoretical foundations of gravitational and magnetic field measurements are emphasised.

Basic theoretical relationships between force and potential as well as harmonic analysis of local measurements using Fourier components and of global measurements using spherical harmonic functions are studied in the course. Different filtering methods, which are used in harmonic analysis to enhance target signatures, are introduced.

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Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villavägen 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villavägen 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

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Telephone: +46 18 471 35 21