Seismology, 10 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 67%, Campus

    Start date: 16 January 2023

    End date: 19 March 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-68101 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: 15 December 2022 – 15 January 2023

Entry requirements: 120 credits including (1) 80 credits in physics and mathematics, or (2) 70 credits in earth science and 45 credits in physics and mathematics, in both cases including Global Geophysics, 10 credits, and Continuum Mechanics in Geophysics, 5 credits. Applied and Environmental Geophysics, 10 credits, is recommended. 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 24,167

Tuition fee, total: SEK 24,167

About the course

The course deals with the generation and propagation of seismic waves in the earth. The wave equation in various forms, exact and approximate (numerical) modelling methods, including ray tracing and tomography are treated. Measurements of seismic waves using arrays and networks of seismometers are introduced and earthquake source parameters are determined. Macroseismic case studies are used to characterise earthquake risks and related phenomena.

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Department of Earth Sciences

Geocentrum, Villavägen 16 752 36 Uppsala

Villavägen 16, 752 36 UPPSALA

Study counsellor


Telephone: +46 18 471 35 21