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Geology - master


Duration:2 Years
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Geology.
Admission requirements:Bachelor's degree in geology (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualification, with a major in geology or related subject area of minimum 80 ECTS. An average grade of equivalent to C or better in the Norwegian grading system is required.
Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15 April
International applicants: 1 December
Application code:Nordic applicants: 4007
International applicants: 2026

Programme description

The study consists of a Master's Thesis (60 ECTS) as well as mandatory and optional subjects (60 ECTS). The number of optional subjects varies between the study lines. You can either follow subjects at The University Centre in Svalbard, elsewhere in Norway or abroad.

There are four lines of study:

The research undertaken in geology at UiT Arctic University of Norway focuses mainly on fieldwork in Northern Norway, in climate and marine geology with research cruises in the polar areas. We have unique geology right on our doorstep, which offers a special understanding of the processes that continue to shape the earth. Close cooperation with e.g. industry, the public sector and other research institutions ensures that you as a M. Sc. student gain experience in fields relevant for the job market.

Learning outcomes

In addition to a solid competence in a specialized field of geology, students will have acquired the following after completing the Master of Science in Geology:


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General competence

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods consist of lectures in classrooms, laboratory work in modern lab facilities, fieldwork and cruises to interesting areas, mainly in Northern Norway.

Examinations will be given as written exams, oral exams and reports, depending on the individual course description.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered in either English or a Scandinavian language.

The Master's Thesis may written in either English or a Scandinavian language.

Exchange possibilities

Students have the opportunity to take courses at institutions abroad or at The University Centre in Svalbard.

For other exchange possibilities abroad, see the university's pages for student exchange.

Job prospectives

Writing your M.Sc. thesis in geosciences at UiT qualifies you for a large variety of jobs in industry, public authorities and research institutions, both nationally and internationally. Or maybe you even want to start your own business? Our former students work, e.g. with

Access to further studies

Successful completion of a master's degree in geology qualifies a candidatey for admission to PhD studies, depending on satisfactory marks in the master's and bachelor's degree.

PhD studies in geology are offered at UiT Arctic University of Norway.