Five Year Integrated M.Sc Courses in IIT : Scope and Description
108. APPLIED GEOLOGY
(Code : G5501)
Ever since the Earth System originated, it has been evolving through a series of complex dynamic processes. Understanding and modeling these processes is quite challenging and exciting. These complex processes lead to picturesque landscapes; more importantly, they also result in local scale enrichment of various metallic, nonmetallic, water and fuel resources that have been the backbone of the human civilization. On the flip side, Catastrophic events like earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides represent the sinister side of these processes.
Geology and Geophysics, the two sub-disciplines of Earth Science, have the common goals of understanding the origin of Earth vis-ŕ-vis the solar system, of quantifying the Earth’s evolutionary processes, searching for Earth Resources and predicting and mitigating natural and anthropogenic disasters and hazards. Geology primarily involves studying the Earth processes through direct sampling of earth materials like rocks, soils, water and vegetation in the field and devising sophisticated laboratory methods and tools for interpretation of results.
The primary objective of Geophysics is to probe the inaccessible depths of the Earth for understanding its ‘anatomy’ on the basis of bulk physical (electrical, magnetic, electromagnetic, gravitational, elastic and visco-elastic) properties and phenomena, such as electrical, magnetic, electromagnetic and gravitational properties, and propagation of elastic waves through its interior. All this requires sophisticated instrumentation and rigorous mathematical tools.
The Department of Geology and Geophysics of IIT Kharagpur offers five-year integrated M.Sc. programs (unique in the country) in both the disciplines, imparting training on applied aspects of Earth Science.
Core courses in Applied Geology enable students to develop expertise in the study of minerals, rocks, fossils and ores. Students are imparted laboratory and field training (a total of 18 weeks of field work) under this program. Apart from disseminating information, emphasis is given to acquisition of basic tools for quantification of processes. Modern courses focusing on crust-mantle interaction, mountain building processes, global climatic changes, basin analysis, lowtemperature Geochemistry, water-rock interaction, isotope Geology, mineralogical spectroscopy are devised to expose the students to frontier areas of research. Rigorous training on techniques and tools for exploration of earth resources is imparted through adequate exposure to courses such as Engineering Geology, Ground Water Geology, Remote Sensing & GIS, Environmental Geology and Micropaleontology, that have immediate industrial and environmental importance. The teaching in Applied Geology is backed up by excellent computational and laboratory facilities e.g. X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer, Laser– Raman Probe, Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, a Gas source stable-isotope Mass Spectrometer, to name a few.
The curricula of M. Sc. in Applied Geology provide the opportunity of becoming specialized in the field of interest by taking appropriate courses in the fourth and final years. Students get ample opportunities to get them acquainted with modern research methodologies while working for their Masters’ dissertation during the last two semesters. Exposures to industries and R & D activities are provided through summer training.
Students get excellent job opportunity in the Cement, Oil and Natural Gas and Mining sectors, and also Research Laboratories. Our graduates excel in higher studies abroad, most of them being well placed in R&D sectors and Universities in the US, UK and other developed countries.
109. APPLIED MATHEMATICS
(Code : R5502)
This programme has been designed to provide the students a rigorous training in Mathematical thinking through carefully designed curriculum structure and courses, the students will get to study various topics of Pure and Applied Mathematics along with getting the training in software tools which will equip them better to take research as a career. The programme will also enable the students to compete better in the job market in the software industry.
(Codes : B5503, G5503, R5503)
This programme prepares the students for modern day research in chemical sciences by providing them, besides an in-depth education in chemistry, adequate training in mathematics, physics, computers and engineering sciences. In the first two semesters of their stay in the programme, they take the same courses as their fellow engineering students. During the course, they are trained to do frontline research in interdisciplinary areas, which include materials science, environmental science and molecular biology, in addition to traditional topics in chemistry.
(Code : G5504)
IIT Kharagpur offers an excellent opportunity for exceptionally bright students to get admitted to a five year integrated M.Sc. programme in economics, a unique programme in IIT system. This holistic programme is being offered by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, which has a multidisciplinary character, with the involvement of sister departments like Mathematics, Industrial Engineering and Management, Computer Science and Engineering, Architecture and Regional Planning, and Vinod Gupta School of Management. The common programme in the first two semesters would make the students efficient in developing verbal and quantitative abilities with a scientific approach. Thereafter, students would be given a thorough and intense exposure to economic theory, analytical tools, mathematical techniques and applied econometric models with adequate stress on interpretations of the results along with their socioeconomic implications. Theory classes will be supplemented by lab practices, projects, industrial training and seminars. The course would succeed in establishing a synergy between technology and economics to understand the real world situation more accurately and intensely.
Through a suitable choice of professional electives, students can specialize in selected streams like environmental economics, quantitative economics, business economics with provisions for super specialization in certain chosen fields under the streams. At the same time, ambitious and hard working students can earn a minor in areas like mathematics and computing, statistics, industrial engineering and management. The new breed of economists specially trained for problem solving purposes are expected to be in high demand in industry, institutions of higher learning and research, both at home and abroad, in the increasingly globalized world of tomorrow.
112. EXPLORATION GEOPHYSICS
(Code : G5505)
The primary objective of Geophysics is to probe the inaccessible depths of the Earth for understanding its anatomy on the basis of bulk physical (electrical, magnetic, electromagnetic, gravitational, elastic and visco-elastic) properties and phenomena, and the propagation of elastic waves through its interior. All this requires sophisticated instrumentation and the application of rigorous mathematical techniques. The Department of Geology and Geophysics at I.I.T. Kharagpur offers a 5-year integrated M.Sc. programme in Exploration Geophysics. This programme covers fundamental courses on Solid Earth Geophysics, Geophysical field Theory and Exploration Techniques with special emphasis on mathematical and computational tools. Electrical, Electromagnetic, Gravity and Seismic methods of exploration are covered in great details. Rigorous training in earthquake Seismology and Seismic Tomography, Geophysical Signal Processing, Nuclear Geophysics is an integral part of the curriculum in this programme. Students and Exploration Geophysics undergo rigorous field training that involves use of various equipments and acquisition of data in the field. State-of-the-art equipment in Geophysics include 48-Channel Reflection, Refraction and Engineering Seismograph, Broad Band Seismograph, Strong Motion Accelerographs, VLFEM, Gravimeter, Magnetometer Resistively Meter and radiation measurement equipment. A Global Seismological Observatory is commissioned in the department.
Students get ample opportunities to get themselves acquainted with modern research methodologies while working for their Masters’ dissertation during the last two semesters. Exposures to Industries and R&D activities are provided through summer training. Students get excellent job opportunities in the Cement, Oil & Natural Gas and Mining sectors, and also Research Laboratories. Our graduates excel in higher studies abroad, most of them being well placed in R&D sectors and Universities in US, UK and other developed countries.
Mathematics and computing
113. MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING
(Code : G5506)
The 5-year Integrated M.Sc.course in Mathematics and Computing is designed to provide strong foundation in both Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. It gives exposure to basic courses like Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Functional Analysis, Complex Analysis, Topology, Numerical Analysis, Graph Theory, Algorithms, Probability, Stochastic Process and Simulation, Operational Research etc. Also several advanced courses like Artificial Intelligence, Database Systems, Computer Networks, Parallel Algorithms, Dynamical Systems, Computational Statistics, Computational Fluid Mechanics, Cryptography, Theory of Operators, Sequence Spaces, Decision Theory etc. are covered. Some of the subjects are supported by computer labs.
The students on completing this course get lucrative placements in topnotch finance/business/software/ companies as design/development engineers/research consultants. Several students also get scholarships abroad to pursue M.S./Ph.D programmes in the areas of Mathematics, Statistics, Operating Research and Computer Science. Subsequently, many of them also join teaching/research positions in reputed National/ International Universities/ Institutes/ Companies.
(Codes : G5507, R5507)
This course is designed to produce students capable of pursuing advanced studies in theoretical and experimental physics as well as handling problems related to applications of physics in engineering, technology, industry and medicine. This is achieved by making use of a well-balanced course structure consisting of undergraduate core courses in basic sciences, engineering sciences, technical arts, and workshop practice. In addition, students are required to study courses in computer science, humanities and social sciences, etc. In the final years of the programme, the students can opt for specialized courses in advanced physics and they have to work for projects related to current problems in experimental and theoretical physics.
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