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Methods in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology

In this course you will learn geochronological methods, visualisation of geoscience data and scientific writing and publication.

You will get an in-depth knowledge in dating methods of importance to Quaternary timescales including radiometric dating, dendrochronology, luminescence dating, cosmogenic radionuclide dating, and tephrochronology. Climate and other geoscience data will be analysed and visualised and you will write a scientific paper where you present the results you have collected during the course. The teaching modules include lectures, practicals, project works, seminars, and exercises.

The course is part of the Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate, but it can also be taken as a separate course

  • Course structure


    • Geochronological Methods, 5 credits
    • Visualisation of Geoscience Data, 4 credits
    • Scientific Writing and Publication, 6 credits

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, laboratory work, project work, seminars, and exercises.


    For details see syllabus.


    Qiong Zhang

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Qiong Zhang