Why choose this programme?

The master studies in Geosciences cover specializations in several fields within geology, geography, hydrology, geophysics, geomatics, meteorology and oceanography. You 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 search for oil, geohazards, water resource management, pollution and climate change.

The Department of Geosciences has a broad research profile and this width allows you to choose from a variety of programme options, depending on your academic background, what you are interested in and what you want to learn more about. And of course, what you are interested in working with after the studies.

Short about the programme

The master's programme in Geosciences consist of advanced courses and an independent work with a master's thesis. The programme lasts over two years and gives 120 ECTS credits, of which 60 credits are bound up in courses and 60 credits are in the work of a master's thesis. Field and laboratory work and computer modeling are integrated in most of the programme options.

You will get a supervisor who will assist you in selecting the right courses and who will assist you in the work with the master project, which will lead to an independent final work that is the master's thesis. In the work with the master thesis you will learn about a specific area within your field of study and you will get a research approach to the subject you are working on.

Geosciences (master's two years) consists of ten programme options, follow links:

Each programme option is structured by compulsory- and recommended courses. You will then have the possibility to customize the study programme according to what you are interested in (depending on programme option), at the same time as you get the academic foundation required in the field of study.

Our students participate in field work and excursions so that they observe processes in nature, learn to model nature's processes, experiment in nature or in laboratory, depending on the field of study. The studies are based on basic knowledge in mathematics, statistics, informatics and chemistry.

Semester abroad

Department of Geosciences has several exchange agreements with universities that you can use as for going abroad, depending on the 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 either as a single course in the fall, spring or summer.

Student life

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

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

Students in geosciences have their own associations for student policy and social events. We recommend that you participate in activities and contribute if you want, so you connect with fellow students across the programme of study. Read more about the study associations at the Department of Geosciences on Student life.

The University of Oslo has also a rich student life with over 200 student associations.

Career opportunities

A master's degree in geosciences provides many opportunities for professional prospects and further studies, for example, to an PhD. With knowledge in geology, geophysics, geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography, it opens up exciting career paths in professions that take care of important tasks in public and in the private business.

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 Norwegians confirms this.

A possible way forward after a master's degree may be to take a PhD, read more about this at: PhD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

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Published Jan. 23, 2017 3:29 PM - Last modified Sep. 29, 2017 3:48 PM