Want to have an impact on the future of exploration and extraction of mineral resources and contribute to safe and sustainable location of building, tunnels or nuclear waste? Maybe you want to make your mark in informed natural hazard mitigation associated with volcanoes and landslides? Specialising in geology will enable you to find a balance between using and preserving Earth’s resources and reducing the environmental impact for a healthy sustainable future.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The specialisation in Geology, within the Master’s Programme in Earth Science, will enable you to explore from nanoscale to plate tectonic scale, active systems to the Archean and from formation to deformation, and find a balance between using and preserving Earth’s resources and reducing the environmental impact for a healthy sustainable future.
This specialisation focuses on mineral and rock formation and deformation in a wide range of geological environments through courses on mineralogy and petrology, regional geology, ores and surficial deposits and tectonics. It prepares you for a research career or employment as a professional geologist.
There is significant emphasis on geochemistry and geochronology as tools to understand geological processes. Projects within the courses also provide experience with 3D modelling, analogue tectonic modelling, as well as geochemical, thermobarometric and thermodynamic modelling.
During the programme you can expect to:
- learn diverse applications of minerals and tectonics
- learn how to find a balance between using and preserving Earth’s resources
- learn 3D modelling and analogue tectonic modelling as well as geochemical, thermobarometric and thermodynamic modelling
The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the most comprehensive academic departments of its kind in Europe. Research in Earth Science focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth to the processes currently reshaping the planet.
You have a strong foundation in Earth Science and during your Bachelor’s education you gained some experience doing field work as well as analysing your data in a laboratory.
You can critically analyse and reflect on problems and are creative and innovative enough to come up with your own ideas. Therefore you expect to contribute as much to the educational experience of others as you expect to learn from their experience and knowledge.
A future PhD education is a possibility you might have thought about and would value an opportunity to get in closer contact with current research by working in a research group while doing your Master’s studies.
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:
- 90 credits in earth science and 15 credits in chemistry; or
- 90 credits in physics and 30 credits in earth science (geophysics); or
- 90 credits in geology.
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden (“English 6”). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:
- IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
- TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
- Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Selection: Students are selected based on:
- a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
- a statement of purpose (1 page).
If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.
Application Fee: SEK 900
Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000
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