In the Master’s programme Earth Structure and Dynamics, you will explore the composition, structure and evolution of the Earth’s crust, mantle and core. You will learn to link geological, geophysical, geochemical, and geodetic observations made at the Earth’s surface to physical processes operating within the planet. Main research areas include seismology, tectonophysics, mantle dynamics, structural geology, metamorphism, magmatic processes, basin evolution, hydrocarbon and mineral deposits, and the properties of Earth materials. You will examine phenomena ranging from slow geodynamic processes, such as mantle convection, plate tectonics and mountain building. To those that can have an impact during a human lifetime, such as active crustal deformation, volcanism, subsidence and uplift, and seismicity induced by hydrocarbon production and geological storage of CO2.


Attention to sustainable development and innovation in order to maintain and preserve our planet, is important in education and research of the Faculty of Geosciences. This Master's programme is part of the Graduate School Geosciences and is organized by the Teaching Institute Earth Sciences, a joint organisational unit of the Departments of Earth Sciences and Physical Geography.


The study programme indicates the structure and progress of the Master's programme. Check the schedules to see how the academic year and the courses are organised. You can find more information on the different compulsory and (extra) optional components of the programme here.