M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics Colleges, Syllabus, Jobs and Salary

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M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics is a 2-year long postgraduate course aimed at preparing trained manpower in the field, to cater to the needs of Exploration and Production (E&P), and service providers in the field of geophysical exploration.

The average tuition fee charged in India for the course ranges between INR 60,000 and 2 Lacs. Admission to the course is based on the candidate’s performance in a relevant entrance exam, such as GATE and TANCET etc.

Successful postgraduates of the course are hired in capacities such as Volcanologists, Petroleum Geologists, Environmental Geologists, Earth Science Teachers, Glacial or Quaternary Geologists, Structural Geologists and Hydrogeologists.

Organizations such as Schlumberger, Fugro, Sercel, Ion Geophysical, Horizon, NIO, NGRI etc. hire such postgraduates.

The average salary offered to such professionals in India ranges between INR 3 and10 Lacs.

M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics: Course Highlights

Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Course Level Post Graduate
Duration 2 years
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility B.E./B.Tech. or equivalent qualification
Admission Process Based on entrance exams such as GATE, TANCET etc.
Course Fee INR 60,000 to 2 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 3 to 10 Lacs
Top Recruiting Companies Geological Survey of India (GSI), Central Ground Water Board (CGWB), Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC), Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Minerals and Metals Trading Corporation (MMTC), Coal India and Mineral Exploration Ltd. etc.
Job Positions Volcanologists, Petroleum Geologists, Environmental Geologists, Earth Science Teachers, Glacial or Quaternary Geologists, Structural Geologists and Hydrogeologists etc.

M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics): What is it About?

Geophysics is a branch of Earth Sciences, and employs physical measurement and mathematical models to explore the earth and its surroundings. The program is designed to build numerical and analytical skills, and theoretical knowledge in the field, develop application and interpretation skills through laboratory- based work, and the ability to carry out independent field measurements.

Subjects taught in the course include those relevant to:

  • Exploration of petroleum, mineral and groundwater resources
  • Solid-earth research
  • Earthquake studies for natural hazard mitigation.

The program offers an advanced and specialized training for professional work in exploration, research and education. The course opens doors to employment opportunities in industries such as petroleum, application software, mineral exploration, and groundwater sectors.

Top Institutes Offering M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics

Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each:

Name of Institute City  Fees
DR BR Ambedkar National Institute Of Technology - [Nit] Jalandhar INR 1 lacs (course)
IIT Roorkee INR 70,000 (course)
Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra INR 2 lacs (course)
BHU Varanasi INR 60,000 (course)

Eligibility for M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics

As a minimum criterion of eligibility, candidates seeking admission to the course need to have completed Bachelor of Technology/ Engineering in a relevant branch, such as Geophysics, Instrumentation/ Electronics/ Instrumentation & Control/ Electronics & Instrumentation/ Electronics & Control Engineering/ Electrical & Electronics/ Engineering/ Applied Electronics from a recognized university.

M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics: Admission Process

For admission to the course, candidates need to appear for and qualify the Tamilnadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) conducted by Anna University or another CET conducted by a recognized authority.

Most institutes in India offering admission to the require a minimum aggregate score of 60% in the qualifying examination, and most of them accept GATE scores for admission.

M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics: Career Prospects

The exploration of natural resources, disposal of hazardous waste and concern about the natural environment are a few challenges geophysics face in their career.
Some of the popular professional avenues open to such postgraduates are listed below with the corresponding salaries offered for the respective positions.

Applied Geophysics
Job Position Job Description Average Annual Pay Scale in INR
Geophysicists Geophysicists are scientists who use Physics, Chemistry, Geology and Advanced Mathematics to study the earth and its composition, including its atmosphere, internal make-up, oceans, electrical and other fields. Some Geophysicists may choose to specialize in areas like the earth's magnetic and gravitational fields, planetary movement and seismic activity. 3,67,978
Geo Science Engineer Geoscientists often supervise the work of technicians and coordinate work with other scientists, both on the field and in the lab. Many Geoscientists are involved in the search for and development of natural resources, such as petroleum. Others work in environmental protection and preservation, and are involved in projects to clean up and reclaim land. Some specialize in a particular aspect of the Earth, such as its oceans. 4,93,325
Geo-scientist Geoscientists typically plan and conduct field studies, in which they visit locations to collect samples and conduct surveys. Geoscientists study the physical aspects of the earth, such as its composition, structure, and processes, to learn about its past, present, and future  4,43,732
Seismic Data Collection Engineer Seismic Data Collection Engineers play an important role in the oil and gas industry. They work from surveys, sending pulses of sound energy down through layers of rock beneath the earth's surface. 9,02,473 
Seismic Data Interpretation Engineer Seismic Interpreters use a variety of technical, computational and scientific modelling techniques to produce geophysical and geological data that can be used to analyze the hydrocarbon content of rock structures. 1,068,000 
Mineral Engineer Mining Engineers ensure that underground resources such as minerals, metals, oil and gas are extracted safely and efficiently. Typical job responsibilities include ensuring that operations comply with health and safety requirements, and making sure that the equipment used is safe.  6,56,000
Survey Geologist Survey Geologists work for provincial or federal government geological surveys, and builds a framework of geological knowledge to encourage a better understanding of mineral and energy resources in the environment.  5,11,804

M.Tech. in Applied Geophysics: Syllabus and Course Description

A semester- wise breakup of the course’s syllabus is tabulated below.

SEMESTER I

Theory
Introduction to Seismology/Soil Engineering
Strong Motion Seismology and Structural Responses
Near Surface Geophysics and Seismic Microzonation
Section A: Near Surface Geophysics
Section B: Seismic Microzonation
Earthquake Forecasting and Prediction
Natural Disasters, Mitigation and Management
Practical
Introduction to Seismology/Soil Engineering
Strong Motion Seismology and Structural Responses
Near Surface Geophysics and Seismic Microzonation
Section A: Near Surface Geophysics
Section B: Seismic Microzonation.

SEMESTER II

Theory
Computational Seismology
Earthquake Building Codes and Safety Seismic Design
Geotechnical Modeling
Near Surface Drilling
Earthquake Hazard, Exposure, Vulnerability and Risk
Practical
Computational Seismology
Near Surface Drilling
Earthquake Hazard, Exposure, Vulnerability and Risk.

SEMESTER III

Industrial training / Minor Project
Seminar and Viva-Voce on Industrial Training / Minor Project
Comprehensive Viva-Voce
Dissertation (Interim) Fieldwork/Lab work
Seminar and Viva-voce on Interim Dissertation
Teaching Assignment Evaluation/ Laboratory Development Work etc.

SEMESTER IV

Dissertation
Seminar on Dissertation
Viva-Voce on dissertation
Teaching Assignment Evaluation/ Laboratory Development Work etc.

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