Learning outcomes

Through the Master's programme in Geosciences you will develop a comprehensive understanding together with detailed empirical and theoretical knowledge within a specific area of the subject.

You will get practical experience with scientific methods and models, with carrying out a research project, and inspiration to critical thinking and reflection. The research projects will draw on knowledge from supporting subjects such as chemistry, physics, statistics, mathematics, mechanics, biology and informatics. The master's thesis projects include a combination of fieldwork, laboratory analyses, modelling, experiments and theory. The master's degree thesis will be defined, as far as possible, to fit into the work of an active research community within the field in which you are writing your thesis.

After you have completed a master’s in geoscience, you will have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competence:


You can contribute to advanced knowledge development within a specialised area and its applications.

  • You will have advanced knowledge within the broader subject field and specialised insight in a limited area.
  • You will have a thorough knowledge of the scientific theories and methods that relate to the subject.
  • You can apply your knowledge to new areas within the subject field.
  • You can analyse the professional approach to a problem with your background knowledge of the subject area’s history, tradition, distinctive quality, and place in society.


You can make critical and considered choices between key methods and tools from research and working practice:

  • You can analyse existing theories, methods and interpretations within your subject area and work independently to solve practical and theoretical problems.
  • You can use relevant methods for independent research and development.
  • You can analyse and critically evaluate different sources of information and use these to structure and formulate professional arguments.
  • You can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in keeping with applicable research ethics standards.

General competence

You can contribute to the development of the subject and analyse its potential and also its limitations – professional, ethical and societal:

  • You can analyse relevant professional and research-related ethical problems.
  • You can contribute to re-evaluation and innovation processes.
  • You can explain and communicate complex professional work, both your own and others, to different target groups.
  • You can explain comprehensive independent work and have a good command of the subject’s terminology.
  • You can communicate approaches to a problem, analyses and your conclusions, both to specialists and others.
  • You can apply your knowledge and skills in new areas to carry out advanced work tasks and Projects.

Learning outcomes for students who attended this study programme autumn 2017 or earlier

Published Jan. 23, 2017 3:29 PM - Last modified Aug. 27, 2021 1:53 PM