2023-2024 / SPAT0066-1

Internal geophysics of the Earth and terrestrial bodies of the solar system


25h Th

Number of credits

 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Véronique Dehant

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The topics/themes covered in the course are the structure and physics of the Earth and of the other terrestrial planets, their rotations, their evolutions, their own overall characteristics, global geodynamics of the Earth and terrestrial bodies (planets and moons) in the solar system.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to:
1. Present the main mechanisms that govern the internal structure of the solid Earth and the geophysical techniques used to observe them at global scale;
2. Apply these concepts to the knowledge of the terrestrial planets in the solar system.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge in Physics and Mathematics at the level of BAC in science or applied science.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Given during the lectures.

Individual oral exam with one presentation related to one question/work (theme to be chosen in the course) prepared by the student.

Work placement(s)

The lectures are grouped during a few days.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Véronique Dehant
+32 475 575953

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