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Postgraduate course

Special Topic in Physical Geography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring, Autumn
  • Course codeGEO312
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester

Autumn/Spring. Irregular

Objectives and Content

This course aims to give the student a state-of-the art knowledge into actual research topics with relevance for planned and ongoing master projects in physical geography. Actual research topics may vary from year to year dependent on the research interests of the master student. The objective of the course is to disseminate an understanding of current research topics in physical geography.

The course may include themes related to climate- and environmental changes, advanced geomorphology, vegetation- and environmental changes, marine geography, remote sensing techniques etc. In agreement with supervisor the student may define her/his own reading list related to the actual research topic in physical geography.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has state-of-the art knowledge about the theory and methods related to the actual research topic in physical geography.
  • has specialized knowledge and insight in the research topic with relevance for the planned or ongoing master project in physical geography.


The student

  • can present a written report with her/his planned use of the actual research topic in own master project based on relevant reading list.
  • can present orally for an audience her/his planned use of the actual research topic in own master project based on relevant reading list.
  • can analyze and think critical to various sources of information regarding the chosen special topic and use this to structure and formulate disciplinary reasoning.
  • Can analyze the existing theories, methods and interpretations within the chosen research topic in physical geography, and work independently with both practical and theoretical solutions to related research questions in own master project.

General competence

The student

  • can argue for interpretations and make adequate analysis by putting own work into a wider context related to the topic of interest in physical geography by finding and properly referring to relevant literature.
  • can communicate orally and write an academic text on current issues regarding the research topic of interest within physical geography and relate it to the scientific literature.
  • can exchange opinions with others having a background in physical geography, and provide constructive comments to their work.

Required Previous Knowledge

GEO212, GEO291, or similar background.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEO215, GEO217

Access to the Course

The course is open for geography students accepted for the Master's Programme in Geography with specialization in Physical Geography (MASV-GEOG) and the Master's Programme in Physical Geography (MASV-PHYG).

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars and lectures at master level when required.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Oral presentation on seminar.

Forms of Assessment

  • Paper/essay
  • Oral examination

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester.