Geology - master


As a master student, you can choose a topic of interest to answer geological questions. 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. You can perform practical fieldwork on land or at sea, you can carry out laboratory work using a large variety of methods and instruments, or you can 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 on Earth. 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.


Duration:2 Years
Location: Tromsø
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
How to Apply

The study consists of a Master's Thesis (60 ECTS) and mandatory and optional subjects (60 ECTS). The number of optional subjects varies between the areas of study concentration. One has the option to follow subjects at the University Centre of Svalbard (UNIS) or abroad.

There are four lines of study:

  • Structural Geology, Petrology and Ore Geology
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Sedimentology and Quaternary Geology
  • Petroleum Geoscience

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 the industry ensures that relevant Master's projects for the market are produced.

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:


The candidate has

  • advanced knowledge within general geology and specialized insight in one of the following fields; marine geology and geophysics, petrology/structural geology, sedimentology and Quaternary geology, or petroleum geoscience.
  • thorough knowledge of scientific theory and geological methods within the selected specialization, i.e. marine geology and geophysics, petrology/structural geology, sedimentology and Quaternary geology, or petroleum geoscience. This includes understanding geology based on scientific observations from the field and the laboratory.
  • the ability to apply geological knowledge in new technological or scientific areas within the selected specialization.
  • the ability to solve geological problems on the basis of the scientific history, tradition, and distinctive character of geosciences. This includes deep understanding of geological data from the field and/or the laboratory as well as understanding of geological time, processes, and products.


The candidate can

  • critically analyze geological 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 geological theories, use methods and interpretations, and work independently with applied and theoretical solving of geological problems. This regards both the solution of academic research questions and applied aspects of the selected geological specialization.
  • use relevant geological methods for research and professional development within the selected specialization in an independent manner. This can include geological 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 geological field observations, laboratory data, literature or a combination thereof.
  • conduct his/her work in accordance with current ethical standards within the selected geological specialization.

General competence

The candidate can

  • analyze and carry out the most important elements of academic and professional geological research projects: penetrate literature, carry out field and laboratory research, analyze geological 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 geological specialization.
  • communicate comprehensive independent work and master the geological 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 geologists.
  • discuss, argue, and critically assess geological problems, analyses and conclusions, both with specialists and with the general public.
  • contribute to academic, technological and industrial innovation within the field of geology.

Admission to the Master's programme in Geology requires a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification (180 ECTS) in Geology. More information on admission requirements:

Applicants from Norway or Nordic countries:

The application deadline for Norwegian and other Nordic applicants is

  • 15 April for admission to the autumn semester

Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:

  • The application deadline for international applicants is
  • 1 December for admission to the autumn semester. 
  • Online application, study code 4007.

Are you an international applicant? Read more here

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 may written in either English or a Scandinavian language.

A master's degree in geology leads to exciting and well paid jobs in the industry, mineral recovery, science, engineering, management or public administration. The Department of Geosciences in Tromsø cooperates with Equinor and other industrial partners as well as institutions like NGU (Geological Survey of Norway) in the fields of research and education.
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.

Students have the oppertunity 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.

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