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Field Study in the Geological Sciences

The course focuses 100 % on mapping with a heavy field component that is also reflected in the grading scheme (see the schedule).

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Subjects of focus include:

  • Keeping project purpose central when designing a mapping strategy
  • Different approaches to mapping
  • Project setup and Logistics including target generation, GIS skills, field databases, and digital mapping platforms
  • Observation techniques – sketching, rock identifying, structural and other measurements
  • Interpretation of mapped data
  • Map compilation – drawing boundaries, interpretation, etc.
  • Reporting

Sampling and record keeping are emphasized and graded.

Spring term 21 | We are still putting this one together so it is early days, but the focus is purely on field work so ideally it would be only 20% distans. It is the last course of the term and in warmer weather, so hopefully the situation will have changed.

  • Course structure

    All lectures will be done by Zoom.

    Attendance by Zoom is compulsory except for extenuating circumstances.

    Fieldwork is compulsory unless the student is ill or shows Covid-19 symptoms. All fieldwork is in relatively easy terrain. Inability to produce maps or reports due to
    absence of fieldwork may be replaced by alternative projects only in extreme circumstances.

    If lecture and fieldwork are scheduled on the same day, there is an hour between them for travel.

    There will be several half to 1 day excursions around Stockholm (all accessible by public transport).

    All field work will be done with proper social distancing outdoors and protective equipment. Due to Covid restrictions, the main field area this year will be Utö, since it is the only place with enough accommodation and interesting geology. We will be overnighting there for a week including one weekend.

    Students will be offered opportunities to camp (at lower cost) or room indoors (at higher cost).

    The course leaders will lead you through the stratigraphy and rock identification of different project areas and teach you how to make observations, create a geological map and write a geological report for an area. After that introduction to the area, students will map nearby areas on their own or in small groups to produce a map and report for projects 2 and 3. The instructors will be supervising each mapping group by checking in on them daily.


    Course grades will be based on the individually written maps and project
    reports and on sampling. See the schedule for more details. For assignments that are submitted after the given deadlines, grades will be reduced by 5%/day.

    Grades will be set according to a seven-point scale related to the learning objectives of the course:
    A = Excellent (100–91%)
    B= Very good (90–81%)
    C = Good (80–71%)
    D = Satisfactory (70–61%)
    E = Adequate (60–51%)
    Fx = Fail, some additional work required (50–45%)
    F = Fail, much additional work required (<45%)

  • 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.
    The schedule for 2020 will be made available latest one month before course start.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    Relevant literature will be supplied during the course.
  • Contact

    Course administrator: Paul Evins (