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Master's Programme in Geological Sciences

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In the M.Sc. programme in Geological Sciences you will study the chemical, physical, and biological processes that shape our planet. You will learn about the effects of plate tectonics on mountain building, volcanism, ore formation, and earthquakes. You will study the processes that control Earth’s climate system and the geological record of Earth’s climate evolution, as well as the biogeochemically controlled distribution of elements and molecules on Earth and their exchange between the ocean, atmosphere, and geosphere.

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

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 our geochemistry line we examine how elements and molecules are distributed between the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere. We study biomineralization processes and use molecular and isotope geochemical records to reconstruct environmental changes for the geological past. An important focus of our work is on process-oriented geochemical studies to understand how physical, chemical, and biological processes catalyse and control exchange between the major Earth’s compartments.

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

  • 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) Autumn term
    Applied Environmental Geochemistry (7.5 credits) Autumn term
    Isotope Geology (7.5 credits) Autumn term
    Biogeochemistry (7.5 credits) Autumn term

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

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

    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