Curriculum for Earth and Space Physics and Engineering

Programme provision

To obtain the MSc degree in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering, the student must fulfil the following requirements: 

  • Have passed Polytechnical foundation courses adding up to at least 5 ECTS
  • Have passed Programme specific courses adding up to at least 55 ECTS
  • Have performed a Master thesis of 30 ECTS points within the field of the general program
  • Have passed a sufficient number of Elective courses to bring the total number of ECTS of the entire study to 120 ECTS

Curriculum

Polytechnical foundation courses (5 ECTS)

The following course is mandatory

42500 Innovation in Engineering (Polytechnical Foundation) 5 point January
or
42504 Innovation in Engineering (Polytechnical Foundation) 5 point August
or
42501 Innovation in Engineering (Polytechnical Foundation) 5 point June

Students with advanced innovation competences may take one of the following courses as an alternative to 42500/42501/42504:

42502 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary Teams 5 point January
or
42505 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary Teams 5 point August
or
42503 Facilitating Innovation in Multidisciplinary Teams 5 point June

Programme specific courses (55 ECTS)

Innovation course II - choose one of the following courses for 5 ECTS (surplus points count as elective courses): 

30310 Space Systems Engineering 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
or
38108 Technology and Innovation Management 5 point Autumn E3B (Fri 13-17)
or
38106 Developing an Entrepreneurial mindset through serious game 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17), Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
or
38103 X-Tech Entrepreneurship 10 point Spring F3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17), Autumn E3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
or
38102 Technology Entrepreneurship 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)

Core competence courses - mandatory (20 ECTS) For students enrolled in September 2023

30202 Measurement Technologies in Earth and Space Physics 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12)
30220 Synthesis in Earth and Space Physics 10 point Outside schedule structure
30230 Data Analysis and Modeling in Geoscience and Astrophysics 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)

Core Competence courses - mandatory (20 ECTS) For students enrolled in February 2024

12100 Quantitative Sustainability (Polytechnical Foundation) 5 point F7 (Tues 18-22) and Spring F3B (Fri 13-17), E7 (Tues 18-22) and Autumn E3B (Fri 13-17)
30202 Measurement Technologies in Earth and Space Physics 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12)
30230 Data Analysis and Modeling in Geoscience and Astrophysics 5 point Autumn E2B (Thurs 8-12)

Measurement technology - choose at least 15 ECTS among the following courses: 

02409 Multivariate Statistics 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
02456 Deep learning 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
02506 Advanced Image Analysis 5 point Spring F5B (Wed 13-17)
02610 Optimization and Data Fitting 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
10200 The structure and dynamics of materials studied with X-rays and neutrons 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
30300 Introduction to Satellite Systems 10 point Autumn E5 (Wed 8-17)
30310 Space Systems Engineering 5 point Spring F5A (Wed 8-12)
30320 Spacecraft Instrumentation Systems 10 point Spring F2 (Mon 13-17, Thurs 8-12)
30330 Image Analysis with Microcomputer 10 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12) and Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17), Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
30340 Radar and Radiometer Systems 10 point Spring F3 (Tues 8-12, Fri 13-17)
30350 Remote Sensing 10 point Autumn E4 (Tues 13-17, Fri 8-12)
30510 GPS, GIS and Setting out 5 point June
30540 Mapping from Aerial and Satellite Images 5 point Autumn E5A (Wed 8-12)
30545 Analysis of spatial and temporal data within geoscience 5 point January
30554 Global Navigation Satellite Systems 5 point Spring F2B (Thurs 8-12)
30574 Earth observations for monitoring changes (EO4Change) 5 point June
30710 Near-surface Crustal Gravity and Magnetism: Drone, Air- and Ground-based measurements 5 point June
30760 Inverse Problems and Machine Learning in Earth and Space Physics 5 point Spring F1B (Thurs 13-17)
30794 Astrophysical Data Analysis 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)

Physical large-scale structures and processes - choose at least 5 ECTS among the following courses: 

10405 Theory of Relativity 5 point Autumn E1A (Mon 8-12)
25302 Physical oceanography 5 point Autumn E5B (Wed 13-17)
30428 Advanced electromagnetics 5 point Spring F4A (Tues 13-17)
30552 Satellite Geodesy 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
30561 Physical Geodesy 5 point Autumn E1B (Thurs 13-17)
30720 Space Physics - Physics of the space environment 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
30745 Earth and Planetary Magnetism 5 point Spring F3A (Tues 8-12)
30752 Cryosphere physics and observation 5 point Autumn E5B (Wed 13-17)
30755 Climate change - physics and observations 5 point Autumn E2A (Mon 13-17)
30757 Atmospheric plasmas 5 point Spring F2A (Mon 13-17)
30790 Observational X-ray Astrophysics 5 point Autumn E3B (Fri 13-17)
41111 Hydrodynamics 2 5 point Autumn E3A (Tues 8-12)

If you choose "Theory of Relativity" (10405), it is recommended to take this course as early as possible.

Elective Courses

Any course classified as MSc course in DTU's course base may be an elective course. This includes programme specific courses in excess of the minimal requirements. Master students may choose as much as 10 credit points among the bachelor courses at DTU and courses at an equivalent level from other higher institutions. In addition, it is possible to take MSc-level courses at other Danish universities or abroad.

Head of Studies