GEO4012 – Literature study in geosciences

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Course content

The course gives an introduction to scientific writing, with emphasis on how to find, use and cite scientific literature and on basics on ethics in research. In collaboration with the supervisor, each student defines a topic relevant to his/her MSc-thesis, writes a report on the topic and presents it orally to the appropriate research group (scientific section). The work on the report includes a peer review process.

Learning outcome

You get training in using scientific literature, and learn how to present scientific results both in written form and orally.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

You have to be admitted to the M.Sc. programme Geosciences to take this course.


Lectures and meetings.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Study administration, email address:



  • A data management plan, written essay and an oral exam, all parts must be passed.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Facts about this course






Autumn 2018

The course is no longer taught. 


Autumn 2018

Teaching language