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Master's Programme in Geological Sciences

The Master’s program in geological sciences is concerned with the processes that formed our planet, ranging from the effects of plate tectonics for mountain building and the formation of sedimentary basins to the drivers for volcanism and earthquakes.

collage of students during field work at the Department of Geological Sciences, SU

You will study processes that control Earth’ climate system at human timescales and those reaching back hundreds to millions of years. Our education program is based on our research areas biogeochemistry, marine geology and geophysics, and petrology and tectonics.

In biogeochemistry we examine the distribution of the major elements and the processes that take place in air, water, sediments, and soils.

In our marine geology line we concentrate our studies on the physical, chemical, and biological properties in sediments and sedimentary rocks, with the goal to determine the processes behind their formation and to reconstruct Earth’s environmental and climate evolution. Marine geophysical methods are a central subject in our research and used, e.g., for the digital mapping of the ocean seafloor.

In the educational line petrology and tectonics, research and education focuses on large-scale metamorphic events, magmatism and tectonics, fluid fluid and chemical transport.

Our courses also include topics of recent environmental change and the evolution of life throughout Earth’s history.

Autumn term 20 | During the fall, the university will continue to have reduced on-site teaching. For this reason, all courses, with the exception of Isotope Geology, will have a dual teaching formats to be able to work in smaller groups. Isotope Geology will only be taught as a distance course. Details about the courses can be obtained from the course sites or from the course coordinator.

  • Programme overview

    The Department of Geological Sciences offers a Master’s degree that comprises two years of study. The Master’s programme has three specializations:

    • Specialization Geochemistry
    • Specialization Geology
    • Specialization Marine Geology

    Each specialization includes 22.5 credit points of compulsory courses, an independent project that comprises 30, 45, or 60 credit points, 30 credits of optional courses, and depending on the credits for the independent project, elective courses comprising 7.5, 22.5, or 37.5 credit points. The obligatory preparatory course in all specializations is the course The Geoscientific Method (7.5 credit points), which is complemented by two additional compulsory courses in each specialization.

    For the specialization geology these courses are Field studies in the Geological Sciences, Geodynamics and/or Ore Geology.

    In geochemistry, the course are Isotope Geology and Applied Environmental Geochemistry.

    In the specialization marine geology, the compulsory courses are Marine Geotechnics and Palaeoclimatology.

    The programme offers a set of additional elective courses in Terrestrial Geophysics, Palaeontology, Current Research and Planning, and Applied Geology that can be taken in the first or second year. We also offer the distance course (15 hp) Climate Change Through Earth's History.

    A total of 30 optional credit points can be obtained through reading courses given by other programmes, by other departments at Stockholm University, by other universities in Sweden, or abroad.

    Please contact us for more information and for advice on the choice of courses in Sweden and abroad. We are happy to help you find the most appropriate courses at other institutions or universities. Optional courses are chosen together with the study director of the Master’s programme.

    Year 1

    Specialization geochemistry, compulsory courses 22.5 credits:
    The Geoscientific Method (7.5 credits)
    Applied Environmental Geochemistry (7.5 credits)
    Isotope Geology (7.5 credits)
    Biogeochemistry (7.5 credits)

    Specialization geology, compulsory courses 22.5 credits:
    The Geoscientific Method (7.5 credits)
    Geodynamics (7.5 credits) or
    Ore Geology (7.5 credits)
    Fieldstudies in the Geological Sciences (7.5 credit)

    Specialization marine geology, compulsory courses 22.5 credits:
    The Geoscientific Method (7.5 credits)
    Marine Geotechnics (7.5 credits)
    Palaeoclimatology (7.5 credits)

    Elective courses comprise or traineeship in Geological Sciences 7.5, 22.5, or 37.5 creditpoints in all three specializations depending on the creditpoints for the independent project.

    Elective courses comprise 30 credit at the maximum.

     

    Year 2

    Specialization geochemistry:
    Geochemistry independent project 30, 45 or 60 credits*
    **Elective courses comprise or traineeship in Geological Sciences 7.5, 22.5, or 37.5 credits depending on the creditpoints for the independent project.

    Specialization geology:
    Geology independent project 30, 45 or 60 credits*
    **Elective courses comprise or traineeship in Geological Sciences 7.5, 22.5, or 37.5 credits depending on the creditpoints for the independent project.

    Specialization marine geology:
    Marine geology independent project 30, 45 or 60 credits*
    **Elective courses comprise or traineeship in Geological Sciences 7.5, 22.5, or 37.5 credits depending on the credits for the independent project.

    *Compulsory courses

    Elective courses comprise 30 credit at the maximum.
     

    **List of elective courses

    Elective courses for 2020–2021 (196 Kb)

  • Meet us

    Volker on Oden, with an arctic view in the background
    Photo: Carina Johansson

    "We educate broadly and your acquired skills will be used rather selectively. In my field, geochemistry, currently, most students start to work with consulting companies that investigate surface water and groundwater quality, or soil quality."

    Volker Brüchert is a senior lecturer in Biogeochemistry and theaches three courses.

    Read the whole article

     

  • Contact

    If you have questions don't hesitate to contact:

    Student counsellor
    Eliabeth Däcker, elisabeth.dacker@geo.su.se

    Director of studies for master program
    Volker Brüchert,  volker.bruchert@geo.su.se