All master students at the master programme in Geosciences, and CS:Geoscience (Computational Science) must hand in a formal application for approval of their master studies; an application for approval of master contract (study plan) in their second semester. A project decription and Data Management Plan (DMP) must be submitted.

On this page you will find the master contract, as well as other application forms and information relevant to your Master of Science studies at the Department of Geosciences.

A group of students standing in front of Festningen at Svalbard, a small islet in Grønfjorden at Svalbard. Photo: Hans Arne Nakrem, Natural History Museum, University of Oslo

Students from the Department of Geosciences, UiO on a field trip at Festningen, Spitsbergen (Svalbard). Photo: Hans Arne Nakrem, NHM/UiO

The following application forms are located here:

Application for approval of the Master contract

The application for approval of Master contract (hereafter: study plan) is an agreement between the master student, their contact at the department, their supervisor(s) and the programme board. The study plan concerns the mutual rights and obligations of each party involved in the student’s master’s studies. 

The study plan consists of an application form and an attached summary of the proposed master thesis (project description).

The study plan must be submitted after admission to the master’s programme in the second semester of the programme. The deadline for submitting the study plan is 1 December (1st semester). The admission can be revoked if the study plan is not submitted in time. 

Submit the application to the student administration in room 111.

Application form:

  • English: PDF
  • Norwegian, bokmål: PDF
  • Norwegian, nynorsk: PDF

Data Management Plan (DMP) for Master Thesis

All students submitting their application for approval of the master contract must also submit a Data Management Plan (DMP) for the master programme. We ask you to submit this form no later than within the end of the 2nd semester after admission. 

This scheme is intended to make you more aware of how you deal with your data during- and after your master thesis project. You will need to discuss the questions stated in the questionary with your supervisor prior to submitting the scheme. The scheme has to be sent in as part of your master thesis contract. The form can be edited any time you want and is meant as a living document. The scheme deals primarily with digital data, but can also be applied on physical data.

Data Management Plan can be accessed here:

Changing the master contract

While you are attending the master program, there could be several reasons for changing the theoretical curriculum or the progression of the studies. These kinds of changes need to be approved by the Department Board, and you as the student is responsible for applying for the changes.

The deadline for applying for changes is three months prior to the thesis submission deadline. Keep in mind that your supervisor has to approve and sign the application.

Application form:

  • English: PDF

Application of change of supervisors

If you, during your master studies needs to make changes in your supervision committee, you use this form. 

You only have to fill out a supervisor that is going out and/or the supervisor that is going in. However, for all changes, your principal supervisor has to sign the document, and also you as the student.

Application form: 

Special syllabus

If the special syllabus was not a part of your approved application for approval of master’s studies contract, you need to submit an application for change of study plan together with your application for the special syllabus. Please do not submit this later than 1 month before the special syllabus examination and at least 3 months before your thesis submission deadline. You will be notified of the results of your application after the Programme Board has made their decision Please note that you may not take the special syllabus examination if the application is either not submitted or has been rejected.

The special syllabus must be part of the approved master’s contract, and cannot be taken as a single course.

For more information regarding the special syllabus content, see the local regulations issued by the Programme Board at the Department of Geosciences.

Application form:

Recognition of external education (for use in MSc programme)

If you are admitted to the master programme and have completed master’s level courses at academic institutions outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Hand in the application to the student administration.

This applies only to MSc students at the Department of Geosciences. Bachelor’s students should refer to the recognition pages for the bachelor programmes.

Application form:

  • English: PDF
  • Norwegian: PDF 

Expense support related to the MSc thesis

Students at the master’s programme in Geosciences can apply to get expenses up to NOK 15,000,- for fieldwork (amount raised from July 2018), lab work or similar activity, directly related to work with the master’s thesis, covered. Expenses related to equipment like a compass, shovels, etc., and expenses indirectly related to work with the master thesis (conference fee and travel to a conference) are not covered. 

All students who wish to apply to have their expenses covered must submit an application prior to the field/lab work. Submit your application together with the master study agreement if possible (ref. point 9 in the contract), if not, as soon as possible and at least one month prior to the field/lab work.

The application must state what kind of expenses you wish to get covered and their approximate amount (budget). You will have to cover the expenses yourself and after your field trip/lab work, submit an expense refund form (link below) together with the original receipts (copies will not be accepted). The receipts must clearly show the payment basis = the nature of the expense and the payment confirmation = the fact that the amount has been paid.

Both the application and the expense refund form should be submitted to the student administration, where you will also get the result of your application.

1. Submit prior to fieldwork/lab:

  • Application form:
    Application for covered expense support: PDF or Word (.doc)

2. Submit after fieldwork/lab (requires approved application):


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Published Aug. 10, 2012 9:35 AM - Last modified Oct. 20, 2020 12:46 PM