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Geosciences - master


Duration:2 År
Credits (ECTS):120
Qualification:Master of Science in Geosciences.
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.

Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian “C” (2.5) in the ECTS scale.

Application deadline:Nordic applicants: 15th of April
International applicants: 15th of November
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 elective courses (60 ECTS). The number of elective courses varies in regards to topic(s) of study. You can either follow courses at The University Centre in Svalbard, elsewhere in Norway or abroad.

The Master`s program in Geosciences is aimed at providing students with a solid in-depth education covering, e.g., marine geosciences, structural geology, petrology, mineralogy, ore geology, sedimentology, quaternary geosciences, petroleum geosciences and geohazards

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.

Programme structure

10 ects 10 ects 10 ects
1. sem. (autumn) GEO-3107 Field Trip Hard Rock Geology - 5 stp. GEO-3118 Environmental geology - 5 stp. GEO-3128 Marine geohazards - 5 stp.
2. sem. (spring) GEO-3113 Feltkurs i eksogen geologi - 5 stp.
3. sem. (autumn) GEO-3900 Master's Thesis in Geology - 60 stp.

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 Geosciences:


The candidate has

• advanced knowledge within general geosciences and specialized insight in one or more of the following fields; marine geosciences, structural geology, petrology, mineralogy, ore geology, sedimentology, Quaternary geosciences, petroleum geosciences, and geohazards.

• thorough knowledge of scientific theory and geoscientific methods within the selected topic(s). This includes understanding geoscience based on scientific observations from the field and the laboratory.

• the ability to apply geoscientific knowledge in new technological or scientific areas within the selected topic(s).

• the ability to solve geoscientific problems on the basis of the scientific history, tradition, and distinctive character of geosciences. This includes deep understanding of geoscientific data from the field and/or the laboratory as well as understanding of geological time, processes, and products.


The candidate can

• critically analyze geoscientific problems using data, methods, and results from peer-reviewed, international geoscientific research literature. The candidate can also structure and formulate scholarly arguments building on such information.

• analyze existing geoscientific theories, use methods and interpretations, and work independently with applied and theoretical solving of geoscientific problems. This regards both the solution of academic research questions and applied aspects of the selected topic(s).

• use relevant geoscientific methods for research and professional development within the selected topic(s) in an independent manner. This can include field observations, data collection, laboratory analyses, and literature review.

• carry out an independent, well-defined research project under academic supervision. The project is based on geoscientific field observations, laboratory data, literature or a combination thereof.

• conduct his/her work in accordance with current ethical standards within the selected geoscientific topic(s).

General competence

The candidate can

• analyze and carry out the most important elements of academic and professional geoscientific research projects: penetrate literature, carry out field and laboratory research, analyze geoscientific data and communicate results to fellow students and scientists.

• apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas for completing advanced tasks and projects within the selected geoscientific topic(s).

• communicate comprehensive independent work and master the geoscientific terminology as well as the use of key literature and academic referencing. This includes communication in the form of written academic theses, research reports, and oral presentations to peer students and geoscientists.

• discuss, argue, and critically assess geoscientific problems, analyses and conclusions, both with specialists and with the general public.

• contribute to academic, technological and industrial innovation within the geosciences.

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 can be written in either English or a Scandinavian language.

Exchange possibilities

The Department of Geosicences has a close cooperation with The University Centre in Svalbard. (UNIS), which offers a broad range of courses in Arctic geology, geophysics and technology.

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 Geosciences qualifies a candidate 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.