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Earth Dynamics

University of Padua
Italy, Padua
Department of Geosciences Italy, Via Gradenigo, 6 - 35131 Padua
Tuition fee €2,623 per year

In order to accept your Offer at the University of Padova, you must pay the first instalment of tuition fees. Information on 2022/23 fees is not yet available, but the amounts will be more or less the same of 2021/22.
The total amount of tuition fees due per each academic year can be significantly waived based on your “Equivalent Economic Status Index – ISEE”. For further information on how to obtain your ISEE and other income-based reductions, see: www.unipd.it/en/tuition-fees

Application fee €30 one-time

This fee is non-refundable.

Deposit €192 one-time

In order to accept your place at the University of Padua, the payment of the first instalment is required. This fee is non-refundable.

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This Master’s degree combines solid fundamental knowledge on the Earth’s processes and history with cutting-edge geological techniques and data processing. Through applied research-oriented teaching, field activities and laboratories, the programme offers advanced education and training in the geosciences, fostering innovative thinking on diverse issues crucial for future societies such as the prevention and mitigation of geohazards, land planning and environmental management, Climate Change, prospection and sustainable exploitation of georesources, geomaterials, cultural heritage protection, planetary exploration. A student exchange international programme is active with the Department of Geosciences of the University of Frankfurt (Germany).

Programme structure

1st semester
Quantitative Methods for Earth Scientists (6 ECTS)

Two courses to be chosen among:
Earth Surface Processes and Deposits (12 ECTS)
Earth Interior and Evolution (12 ECTS)
Past Life and Climates (12 ECTS)
Geological Resources for Sustainable Development (12 ECTS)

2nd semester
Three courses to be chosen among:
Carbonate Facies Analysis for Paleoclimate Reconstructions (6 ECTS)
Basin Analysis (6 ECTS)
Mineral Processes and Environmental Applications (6 ECTS)
Metamorphic Petrology (6 ECTS)
Isotope Geochemistry (6 ECTS)
Digital geological mapping (6 ECTS)

3rd semester
Four courses to be chosen among
Rock Microstructures (6 ECTS)
Analysis of Mineral Resources and Industrial Derivatives (6 ECTS)
Geology of Mountain Belts (6 ECTS)
Planetary Geology (6 ECTS)
Remote Sensing for Geosciences (6 ECTS)
Exceptional Fossil Biotas and Mass Extinctions (6 ECTS)
Quaternary Geology (6 ECTS)
Anthropocene Sediments and Environments (6 ECTS)
Coastal Environments under Climate Change (6 ECTS)

4th semester
Research thesis work (36 ECTS), with the possibility of developing professional traineeship.

Two additional courses (each of 6 ECTS) are to be freely chosen among those available at the Department of Geosciences and in other science programmes.

The programme is a study track – held completely in English – of the Master’s degree programme in Geologia ambientale e dinamica della terra

Career opportunities

Graduates work as geologists in private companies and public agencies or as free-lance professionals and consultants. They will develop managerial careers in the energy industry and in multinational corporations and NGOs with focus on environment and sustainability. The Master’s degree provides a sound basis for accessing PhD courses in high-profile research universities worldwide.

Apply now! Academic year 2022/23
Application deadline
2 Feb 2022 23:59:59
Europe/Rome time
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2022

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Academic year 2022/23
Application deadline
2 Feb 2022 23:59:59
Europe/Rome time
Studies commence
Oct 1, 2022

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States