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.
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:
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:
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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.
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
Applicants from outside the Nordic countries:
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.
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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