Geosciences - master

Duration: 2 years

Geosciences - master

Duration: 2 År

Application deadline
Nordic applicants: 15 April, EU/EEA + Swiss applicants: 1 March, Non-EU/EEA applicants: 15 November
How to apply?

As a master student in Geosciences at UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can choose among a large variety of topics that are relevant for the future of the society. You can choose topics related to past and present climate change, environmental geology, terrestrial and marine geohazards, the formation of mountain chains, as well as the formation and distribution of natural resources. As part of your thesis you can perform practical fieldwork on land or at sea, and/or carry out laboratory work using a large variety of methods and instruments, and/or focus on data analyses using a computer. The majority of topics offered for M.Sc. theses focuses on studies of areas in northern Norway, the Barents Sea, Svalbard and East Greenland, but also elsewhere in the world. After finalizing your M.Sc. thesis, you can apply for jobs in private companies, public authorities and research institutions all over the world or you can even start your own business.

This study programme requires compulsory attendance to the introductory meeting. See this web page for more information.
Questions about the study

Kai Mortensen


  • Telephone: +4777644428
  • Campus: Tromsø

Margrethe Lindquist


  • Telephone: +4777625153
  • Campus: Tromsø

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.

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.

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

  • Investigations of unstable rock slopes, rock-slope failures and flooding.
  • Environmental investigations.
  • Carbon capture and storage.
  • Exploration and exploitation of natural resources relevant for the Green Shift.
  • Searching for oil and gas.
  • Own consultancy business.
  • Gehazards at The Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE).
  • Geological mapping onshore and offshore at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU).
  • Onshore and offshore investigations in the Arctic and Antarctica at the Norwegian Polar Institute.
  • Investigation and management of natural resources at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, as well as at the Directorate of Mining with the Commissioner of Mines at Svalbard.
  • Planning of new roads and safe infrastructure at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration.
  • Research and education at universities and research institutions.

To see the courses taught in the program, see “Study plan” for a full view of the course

Admission to the Master's programme in Geosciences requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification (180 ECTS) in Geology. Applicants must have a minimum grade average comparable to a Norwegian “C” (2.5) in the ECTS scale, see the UiT webpage for international admissions for more information on how the point average is calculated.

The Master`s programme in Geosciences has restricted admission and for the admissions autumn 2024 there are;

25 available spots for applicants from the Nordic countries

10 available spots for applicants from outside the Nordic countries

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

Applicants within EU/EEA/Switzerland (except the Nordic countries):

Applicants outside EU/EEA/Switzerland and the Nordic countries:

English language proficiency:
Applicants with education from non-Nordic countries must document English language proficiency. You will find more information on English language requirements on the UiT webpage for international admissions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Institute Country
Charles University, Prague Tsjekkia
China University of Petroleum, Bejing Kina
University of Oulu Finland
University of Bremen Tyskland
University of the Basque Country Spania
University of Montana USA
California State University Monterey Bay USA
University of Oslo Norge
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Tyskland
Vancouver Island University Canada
University Claude Bernard (Lyon I) Frankrike
Wageningen University & Research Nederland
Wageningen University & Research Nederland
Banaras Hindu University India
Rio Grande do Sul Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology Brasil
University of Innsbruck Østerrike
University of Bonn Tyskland
University of Freiburg Tyskland
University of Catania Italia
Reykjavik University Island
University of Nantes Frankrike
Korea Institute of Geoscience & Mineral Resources Sør-Korea
University of Bergen Norge
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena Tyskland
Aix-Marseille University Frankrike
University of Hawaii at Hilo USA
University Savoie Mont Blanc Frankrike
Ghent University Belgia
University of Rouen Normandy Frankrike
The University of Manitoba Canada
Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
Lund University Sverige
University of Johannesburg Sør-Afrika
Michigan State University USA
The Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Kina
University of Alaska Anchorage USA
University of Iceland Island
University of Copenhagen Danmark
University of Padua Italia
University of Burgundy, Dijon Frankrike
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan Polen
University of Huelva Spania
Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul Brasil

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