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Master's Programme in Earth Sciences, 120 hec

Against the background of global change, modern society has an increasing need of citizen competence in Earth sciences. The accessibility of Earth science information is greater today, resulting in new areas of application and new methods to manage geo-resources on a local and global basis.

The courses in the Earth science Master's Programme provide depth and diverse possibilities for subject specialisation. The courses also give you extensive experience with new analytical methods and the ability to evaluate and present complex issues within the Earth sciences.

Career areas

This educational programme gives you the tools required for working with advanced Earth science applications within government and industry, as well as preparing you for a possible continuation of your academic career. Examples of working areas are at national and international companies, governmental agencies, institutes and other organisations dealing with natural resource and environmental management, for instance consultants and companies within the energy, insurance and construction sectors.


The programme consists of three profile areas, which intent to give you a clearly defined specialisation in the orientation of your choice. The education is connected to current research and to different practical applications.

  • Environmental and Applied Geology has three goals, to explain and illustrate why different geological materials have specific characteristics, why there are systematic trends in the physical environment, and how this knowledge can be applied in society.
  • Bedrock Geology focuses on courses in magmatic and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, economic geology and geophysics combined with excursions to study the Scandinavian Precambrian bedrock.
  • Physical Geography/Climatology investigates the interactions between climate, society and terrestrial environments, both natural and urban. Here knowledge of past climate and natural geography is combined with applied studies of how climate affects humans and the environment, now and in the future.

Entrance requirements and application

Entrance Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences of 180 credits at an accredited (internationally recognized) university including at least 90 credits in a major subject. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

Master's Programme in Earth Sciences, 120 hec
Start Full/part time Apply
Autumn 2020 Day, 100 % Closed
CITY: Göteborg
Application fee 900 SEK
Full programme cost 238 000 SEK
First payment 59 500 SEK
Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.
Further information on how to apply and application and tuition fees: http://www.universityadmissions.se

Study Counselor

If you have questions about the programme, please contact our study counselor Emily Whitehurst Zack: 031-786 28 38 | svl@gvc.gu.se.


There are multiple scolarships to apply for and The Axel Adler Scholarship placement reserves one for each program.  Read more about scholarships here.

Tuition fees and scholarships

More information about our tuition fees.

Application and admission

If your application leads to an admission,  you will be contacted by academic counselling for your course selection for your first fall term.

After the first term of studies, you will apply for courses via universityadmissions.se yourself.  Academic counselling can support you with your choices. You have guaranteed placement to all elective courses offered by our departmen (coursecodes start with: GVG-, MP-, GVN-, GVK-).

The application period for the spring:  15 September - 15 October.  The application period for the fall:  15 March- 15 April.

More info about the application process can be found on the Student Portal - Application regular student.

Page Manager: Henrik Thelin|Last update: 11/21/2019

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