Earth Dynamics

University of Padua    School of Science

Full time October MSc 2 years

About the course

The Master’s degree in Earth Dynamics 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.

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Entry Requirements

Bachelor diploma (or equivalent)

A minimum three-year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Geological Science and Technologies is required, or related subjects with proven skills in Geosciences

Additional entry requirements: Entry title and GPA

English: B2 level (CEFR) or equivalent

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Our tuition fees will not exceed 2700 euros per year. Scholarship and fee waivers are available for international students, for more information visit our website.

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Student Profile(s)


I studied my undergraduate in South Africa and have chosen to do my Masters in Italy. The natural world has always been a passion of mine. Learning about the immense geological processes that the Earth goes through and what comes from it as a result has fascinated me and urged me to want to know more.

The programme has given me the opportunity to work with and learn from active and leading members of the academic community within the geosciences. I have been able to gain a significant amount of varied field work experience thanks to the many field trips that are organised by the geosciences department. The Professors are extremely friendly and very approachable. They are very passionate and highly knowledgeable within their respective fields which makes learning from them a pleasure. During the exams they are skilful in knowing how to keep you calm and relaxed so that you can answer questions easily and confidently. This has made studying for and taking the exams less stressful which, in my experience, has allowed me to perform better.

I would recommend this programme to any student that is wanting to better their career options or is aiming for a PhD within the geosciences. Not only will you further the skills that you will need in your career but you will be able to learn from and work with academic professionals in a leading international university for research. As you specialise within your chosen field you will be at the forefront of research within the geosciences.

I have had a very enjoyable time at Unipd. I have been able to travel around most of northern Italy thanks to the centrality of Padova as it is a short train or bus ride to many of the cities and towns around it. The university itself and the student life is very active, there is a very large group of international students here in Padova. They have been very welcoming and keen to help should you have any problems. The city itself is a student city so you will be able to meet many different people from all over the world and further your network. Thanks to the agreements between the university and many of its partners, there have been numerous opportunities to get involved in other supplementary programmes, whether it be a mobility, an online course or a cultural one.

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