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Why choose this programme?

The master’s programme in Geosciences covers specializations in geology, geography, hydrology, geophysics, geomatics, meteorology and oceanography. You will learn about the Earth’s structure, natural resources and the environment.

The interaction between people and nature is a central theme in several of the programme options. Examples of these include the search for oil, geohazards, water resource management, pollution and climate change.

The Department of Geosciences has a broad research profile, allowing you to choose from a variety of programme options, depending on your academic background, your interests and what you would like to learn more about. And of course, your chosen career, after the conclusion of your studies.

A brief overview of the programme

The master’s programme in Geosciences consists of advanced courses and independent work, including a master’s thesis. It is a two year programme, and gives 120 ECTS credits, 60 of which is coursework, and 60 of which is the master’s thesis. Field and laboratory work and computer modeling are integrated in most of the programme options.

You will be assigned a supervisor who will assist you in selecting the right courses, and assist you in your work on your master’s project, which will lead to an independent final work which will be your master’s thesis. Working on your master’s thesis, you will concentrate on a specific area within your field of study and you be given a research approach to the subject you are working on.

Geosciences (master’s two years) consists of ten programme options, see below links:

Each programme option includes both compulsory and recommended courses. You may customize your programme according to your interests (depending on the programme option), while gaining the academic foundation required in your chosen field of study.

Our students take part in field work and excursions so that they observe processes in nature, learn to model nature’s processes, conduct experiments in nature or in the laboratory, depending on the field of study. The programmes are grounded in basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, informatics and chemistry.

Semester abroad

The Department of Geosciences has several international exchange agreements with universities abroad, to which you can apply depending on your chosen programme option.

Read more about the exchange opportunities at the Department of Geosciences.

We are working closely with The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), and you can take subjects at UNIS/Svalbard as a single course in the fall, spring or summer.

Student life

We want you to enjoy being our student! When you first arrive, we host a welcome meeting with practical information about your studies, and you will meet those who are responsible for the programme. You will also meet your fellow students. Note that this meeting is mandatory.

If you are looking for help with something practical about your studies, or need guidance, please contact us.

Geoscience students have their own unions for student politics and social activities. We recommend that you take part in extracurricular activities, and contribute if you like, so you can connect with fellow students in the programme. Read more about the student run activities at the Department of Geosciences at Student life.

The University of Oslo also has a rich student culture with more than 200 student associations.

Career opportunities

A master’s degree in geosciences provides many opportunities for professional prospects and post-graduate studies, such as a PhD degree. A background in geology, geophysics, geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography opens up exciting career paths in professions that undertake important tasks in the public private sectors.

Examples of jobs where our former students work do you find here.

An education in geosciences is also an education that crosses borders. That many of our master’s students are not Norwegian, confirms this.

One possible way forward after a master’s degree is to get a PhD. You can read more about this at PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Learning outcomes

Through the Master’s programme in Geosciences you will develop a comprehensive understanding together with detailed empirical and theoretical knowledge within a specific area of the subject.

You will get practical experience with scientific methods and models, with carrying out a research project, and inspiration to critical thinking and reflection. The research projects will draw on knowledge from supporting subjects such as chemistry, physics, statistics, mathematics, mechanics, biology and informatics. The master’s thesis projects include a combination of fieldwork, laboratory analyses, modelling, experiments and theory. The masters degree thesis will be defined, as far as possible, to fit into the work of an active research community within the field in which you are writing your thesis.

After you have completed a master’s in geoscience, you will have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competence:

Knowledge

You can contribute to advanced knowledge development within a specialised area and its applications.

  • You will have advanced knowledge within the broader subject field and specialised insight in a limited area.
  • You will have a thorough knowledge of the scientific theories and methods that relate to the subject.
  • You can apply your knowledge to new areas within the subject field.
  • You can analyse the professional approach to a problem with your background knowledge of the subject area’s history, tradition, distinctive quality, and place in society.

Skills

You can make critical and considered choices between key methods and tools from research and working practice:

  • You can analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations within your subject area and work independently to solve practical and theoretical problems.
  • You can use relevant methods for independent research and development.
  • You can analyse and critically evaluate different sources of information and use these to structure and formulate professional arguments.
  • You can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in keeping with applicable research ethics standards.

General competence

You can contribute to the development of the subject and analyse its potential and also its limitations – professional, ethical and societal:

  • You can analyse relevant professional and research-related ethical problems.
  • You can contribute to re-evaluation and innovation processes.
  • You can explain and communicate complex professional work, both your own and others, to different target groups.
  • You can explain comprehensive independent work and have a good command of the subject’s terminology.
  • You can communicate approaches to a problem, analyses and your conclusions, both to specialists and others.
  • You can apply your knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced work tasks and Projects.

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