M.Sc. Planetary Sciences and Space Exploration

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Synchronisation Modules

The synchronization area, totaling 12 CP, establishes a common foundation for the Master’s degree in fields that students may not be familiar with from their respective Bachelor’s degree programs. It includes the following modules:

Students have a basic understanding of the structure, evolution and dynamics of terrestrial planets from the perspective of the Earth. Based on the knowledge of the most important physical and chemical processes, they understand the fundamental cycles of the Earth system also in comparison to other planetary bodies. They are able to identify the most important rock-forming minerals and rocks and can assign them to formation conditions. Students know the main principles of the structure and properties of rock-forming minerals. They can successfully work on tasks in teams and present the results appropriately.

The students have the basic knowledge to describe and solve physical problems numerically. They can independently develop and apply numerical algorithms for practical application examples in several programming languages. They can statistically process and interpret measurement data with the help of numerical models. They will be able to argue for the interpretations and, if necessary, develop them further in teams.

The students have basic knowledge of mathematical and physical tools in planetary sciences and remote sensing, in particular the technical ability to independently describe and solve or handle physical processes and data mathematically. They can apply mathematical and physical principles to specific planetary physics problems and successfully process them. 

To earn the mandatory 12 CP in this area, students are asked to complete 2 of these modules, selected by criteria based on the credit points earned in respective subjects during their Bachelor’s degree programs.