The effects of climate changes and natural hazards are problems society must deal with to protect the population and preserve values. Physical Geography studies the exogenous processes that have shaped and shape the landscape.
We offer a wide range of master’s projects related to past and present climate and environmental changes in Norway:
- Natural hazards (floods, storminess, storm floods, snow avalanches etc.)
- Sea level changes
- Hydrology and ground water
- Periglacial processes and features
- Caves and landscape development
We use several methods including equipment for coring of lakes, access to sediment analyses, and laboratory for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS).
As a master’s student in Physical Geography, you can contribute to societal safety and planning related to settlement, transport, water supply, and climate and energy transformation.
You will learn relevant skills for your master project through fieldwork, laboratory and theoretical courses, and an inclusive and informal social environment awaits you at the Department of Geography.
Our graduates go on to work within a variety of work markets, such as local and regional planning and management, GIS and cartographic consultancy, teaching and research.
As a geographer, you:
- will build bridges between the natural- and social sciences
- have both theoretical and practical skills
- are used to fieldwork
- can work in a team
- can write reports
Graduates can also continue their education by pursuing a PhD.
The programme covers two academic years (four semesters) and starts in the autumn. You have two semesters to write your master’s thesis (60 ECTS).
- GEO308 Theory of Science and Research Design for Geographers (10 ECTS)
- GEO310 Writing Course and Project Description (10 ECTS)
- GEO313 Field and Laboratory Methods in Physical Geography(10 ECTS)
In this semester, you can choose where to study depending on the theme for the master project. Either follow courses at Department of Geography, at Department of Earth Sciences, at UNIS on Svalbard, or as an exchange student at one of our partner Erasmus universities.
- GEO341 Master Level Field Course in Physical Geography (10 ECTS)
- GEO312 Special Topic in Physical Geography (10 ECTS)
- GEO316 Practical Skills in Remote Sensing and Spatial analysis (10 ECTS)
- You carry out fieldwork and write your master’s thesis (GEO350)
- You complete your master’s thesis (GEO350, 60 ECTS)
In order to be admitted to the program, the applicant must normally have obtained a Bachelor degree of 3-4 years’ duration, or have an equivalent educational background. The degree must include at least 1,5 years of full time studies in Geography including 1 year similar to about 60 ECTS specialization in relevant courses in physical geography. Background in physical geography focused on processes in landscapes influenced by glaciation is a requirement.
Non-native English speakers must document their English language proficiency in order to be considered for admission to Master’s degree programmes at the University of Bergen.
The application must include a motivation letter.
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