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Do you want to learn more about how the Earth’s surface has evolved over time or how it is influenced by environmental changes? Do you want to understand how the climate and environment have changed from both quantitative and qualitative analyses of nature’s own archives? In this specialisation you combine studies of Earth processes that change and shape the Earth’s surface through interaction with the climate and the environment over different time scales.

WHY THIS PROGRAMME?

The specialisation in Physical Geography, within the Master’s Programme in Earth Science, has a focus on environmental change and landscape development over different scales in time and space, but also on how glaciers and ice sheets work and their role in Earth’s systems. The programme combines courses in glaciology, geomorphology and environmental and climate change with methodological courses such as GIS and field methods.

During the programme you can expect to:

  • investigate glaciology, geomorphology and climate change with methodological courses such as GIS and field methods
  • understand how the climate and environment have changed from both quantitative and qualitative analyses of nature’s own archives
  • learn about human-Earth interaction and impacts of natural hazards

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.

Student profile
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 probably have taken a methodology course and have a naturally analytical attitude that allows you to apply your theoretical knowledge to solve problems.

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. Starting to work right after graduation is also something you are considering so you also appreciate an opportunity to apply your knowledge in an internship in the industry.

Related programmes
Environmental toxicology
Limnology
Meteorology
Sustainable Development

Requirements:

Academic requirements
A Bachelor’s degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in earth science.

Language requirements
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

More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose (1 page).

Fees:

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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