Tracks are recommended, coherent combinations of courses from the programme. They are meant to help students designing their own curriculum and they facilitate specialization within the programme.
The Earth Structure and Dynamics programme offers the following three tracks:
Track title: Earth Materials
In the Earth Materials track, you will focus on deformation and metamorphic and igneous processes operating in the crust and upper mantle. Courses address the physics and chemistry of rocks, minerals, and melts and how the behaviour of these materials controls geodynamic processes. Research ranges from unravelling orogenic and volcanic events to exploring Earth’s early history, the origin of geological resources, mantle rheology, and the response of crustal rocks to geological storage of CO2.
Potential career path: Geologist
Track title: Physics of the Solid Earth and Planets
This track offers you an in-depth geophysical approach to understanding the structure, composition, and dynamics of the deep interior of the Earth and other planets. Courses address seismology, the dynamics of the mantle and lithosphere, geopotential fields, and applied geophysics as well as state-of-the-art computational methods. Research covers the entire spectrum of geophysics, from seismic tomography to geodynamic modelling of plate-tectonic processes and associated surface deformation and seismicity.
Potential career path: Geophysicist
Track title: Basins, Orogens and the Crust-Lithosphere System
Understand the processes acting at the scale of the crust and lithosphere including the formation and evolution of sedimentary basins or mountain chains. This is a combined track for a hybrid Geology-Geophysics (Solid Earth specialist) profile.
In this track, you will study the evolution of sedimentary basins, orogens, and the crust-lithosphere system in the context of plate tectonics for a combined geology-geophysics profile. The track allows you to combine observational and field-based geological analysis with quantitative aspects of geophysics. Courses and research primarily cover fields situated at the spatial scale interface between the Physics of the Deep Earth and Planets and Earth Materials tracks.
Potential career path: Geologist / Geophysicist (Solid Earth specialist)