Geology - master


Geologists map the long, amazing history of the Earth. Geology is for everyone who wants to find out more about the planet we live on and combine creativity with an understanding of exciting phenomena in our nature. Geology gives an understanding of earthquakes, volcanoes, slides and other natural hazards, climate and green house effect. You can study tectonics and volcanoes, climate change or specialize yourself into interpretation of seismics or sediments which tell a story of how the environment was millions of years ago.


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 oil industry ensures 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:


  • Advanced knowledge within one of the specializations; marine geology and geophysics, structural geology, sedimentology and Quaternary geology, petroleum geoscience
  • Knowledge within scientific theory and methods
  • The ability to apply knowledge in new technological or scientific areas


  • Analyze geological problems within the methods and results from the international research
  • Use existing theories, methods and interpretations and work individually with applied and theoretical problem solving
  • Use relevant methods for research and professional development individually
  • Analyze and withhold a critical approach to different sources of information and use these for professional argumentation
  • Complete an individual, defined research project under guidance and in accordance with current ethical standards

General competence

  • Analyze relevant problems within geology
  • Apply his or her knowledge and skills in new areas for completing advanced tasks and projects
  • Communicate comprehensive individual work and master the discipline¿s expressions
  • Communicate problems, analyses and conclusions within the discipline, both with specialists and with the public
  • Contribute to innovation within 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 oil industry, mineral recovery, science, engineering, management or public administration. The Department of Geosciences in Tromsø cooperates with Statoil 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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