Programme structure

The Master's programme Geosciences is a two-year full time study consisting of 120 ECTS credits.

The programme has the following structure:

  • Mandatory courses, 20-50 ECTS credits, depending on programme option
  • Recommended courses, 10-40 ECTS credits, depending on programme option
  • Master's thesis, 60 ECTS credits

The programme has 10 programme options:

Course of study

4th semester Master's thesis
3rd semester Master's course Master's thesis
2nd semester Master's course Master's course Master's thesis
1st semester Master's course + HMS courses Master's course Master's course
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

The Master’s programme is organised into four semesters. In the first semesters you will take mandatory courses and courses based on your interest. From the second or third semester you start working on your Master's thesis under the guidance of a supervisor.

Programme structure for students who attended this study programme Autumn 2017 or earlier.


The course of study above is general for the programme. Some programme options may have a different structure, and mandatory and recommended courses depends on the programme option. Please see each programme option for more information. 

All programme options have mandatory courses in Health, safety and the environment (HSE) at the beginning of the first semester.

HSE-courses do not give ECTS credits. If you have previously passed equivalent courses at the University of Oslo, you will not need to re-apply these.

Master's thesis

The Master's thesis consists of 60 ECTS credits. The thesis project and supervisor are allocated at the start of the second semester. Availability of thesis topics depends on the programme option, please find information about available theses:

Available Master's theses by programme options at the Department of Geosciences.

You report your interest to the supervisor of the Master's theses of your interest and which are within the programme option you are admitted to. The supervisor will subsequently allocate the Master's theses to the students who have reported their interest. If there are several who are interested in the same thesis, the supervisor can select candidates on the basis of academic background, average study grade or enthusiasm for the thesis. All students admitted to the Master’s programme are entitled to have a Master's thesis.

The Master’s study ends with a presentation and examination of the thesis. Students must have completed all mandatory courses, including HSE-courses, before they can present their thesis.

Recognition of Masters's courses from former education

If you are admitted to the Master's programme and you have completed master's courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these course (s) recognised as part of your degree. Contact the Studies administration at the Department for Geosciences for more information.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Master in Geosciences

The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that meet the requirements for a degree. Read more about diplomas.

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Published Jan. 23, 2017 3:29 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2018 4:42 PM