The Master’s Programme takes advantage of Western Norway’s unique environment for different types of field geology, ranging from Quaternary and glacial geology to Precambrian orogenic and magmatic processes.
Our overall goal is to develop new knowledge of the Earth’s structure, formation history and the driving forces for its dynamic behaviour.
Earth scientists’ research attempts to understand topics such as:
- the relationship between the planet’s interior and surface, now and throughout history
- how glaciers behave
- Earth’s changing climate
- responsible use of natural resources from the earth and under the sea
- how best to build human infrastructure on an evolving planet
UiB is close to the North Sea oil fields, which provides excellent opportunities for study in the areas of petroleum and marine research.
Earth scientists are needed when building infrastructure like road and rail networks, tunnels and buildings, subsea and on land — in other words, anywhere on the planet where humans can be found. Earth scientists investigate the history of our extraordinary planet in order to understand our present and build for our future.
At UiB, the Department of Earth Science’s collaboration with the petroleum industry, and its international research programmes, ensures that your education will be relevant and desirable to employers. Employers appreciate earth science graduates for their:
- Ability to think creatively and open-mindedly about issues in the world today.
- Ability to put their academic training to effective use when solving society’s challenges in the 21st Century.
Graduates of the programme go on to find work in the petroleum industry, or as consultants in public or private sectors. Some continue to PhDs and careers in research, whether at UiB’s centres of excellence in climate studies and petroleum research, or elsewhere.
The study programme begins in the autumn, and lasts for two years (four academic semesters). The programme is taught in English.
Programme credit consists of 60 ESCTs from courses and 60 ESCTs from the master’s thesis.
The programme does not include any mandatory courses. Instead, staff in the department will help you decide on the right courses, based on your chosen thesis topic, and your previous academic background. This course list is tailored to your needs, so that you begin your thesis with the right knowledge and skills. As well as courses in relevant earth science topics, some students may also need to attend training in Foundations of Computer Programming before beginning work on their thesis. Others may attend Field Training before undergoing fieldwork.
Who may apply?
Self-financing degree students
The Master’s Programme in Earth Science, specialization petroleum geoscience will not be offered to international students.
The selection of students for admission to the other four specializations in the Master’s Programme in Earth Science – (1) Geobiology and Geochemistry, (2) Geodynamics, (3) Marin Geology and Geophysics, and (4) Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimatology, is based on the following criteria:
- You need a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science with first class results. Admission to the programme will be based on content and performance in earth science courses, which in general should not be any less than three semesters worth of courses, 90 ECTS (one and a half academic year)
- In addition practical field experience is required
- Applicants with 2nd class, upper division/B average or the equivalent will not be considered for admission. Only applicants with grades in first division will be considered.
Additional requirements and selection criteria:
- Depth and relevance of educational training
- A good knowledge and understanding of English
- Academic degree not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
- The applicant’s prospects for having a productive career in the special field of study
- Consideration to ensure diversity in the pool of students admitted to the Programme
How many places?
5 places are reserved for qualified international applicants in the Master’s Programme in Earth Science each year.
Main intake in the autumn semester. For more information about the application procedure please see:
Student counsellor at the Department of Earth Science
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