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Postgraduate course

Special Topics in Geography

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring. Autumn 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 geography. The objective of the course is to impart an understanding of current research topics in geography. This is an optional course in the curriculum in the Master`s programs in geography where the student may specialise on a closely defined topic, either of theoretical and/or methodological character. In agreement with the supervisor, the student will define the actual topic of interest and reading list.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has state-of-the art knowledge about the actual research topic in geography.
  • has in-depth knowledge about the theoretical and methodological approaches related to the actual research topic.
  • knows about new research in the special field.


The student

  • can present a written report on the chosen research topic based on relevant reading list.
  • can present orally for an audience a chosen research topic 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 structure, prepare and present a chosen research topic at an academic level that fellow students can follow.

General competence

The student

  • can analyze relevant geographical problems at hand.
  • can apply knowledge and skills on new topics and masters the geographical expressions.
  • can communicate orally and write an academic text on current issues in geographical research regarding the scientific problems, analyses and conclusions.
  • can provide constructive written and oral feedback on scientific content and presentation skills.
  • can independently continue with enhancement of competence and specializing.

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in geography.

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

The course is open for geography students accepted for the Master's Programme in Geography (MASV-GEOG), Master's Programme in Geographies of Sustainable Development (MASV-MEHA) and the Master's Programme in Physical Geography (MASV-PHYG).

Teaching and learning methods

Individual studies, supervision and seminars.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

  • Approved individual curriculum (500-700 pages)
  • Active participation in seminars
  • Feedback to a fellow student, both oral and written
  • Oral presentation (30 minutes including 5-10 minutes for questions)

Forms of Assessment

Paper/essay (5000-7000 words excluding reference list).

Grading Scale

Grading A-F

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester.

Reading List

The reading list will be ready before 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 Decemeber for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB.

Course Administrator

The Department of Geography at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.


Department of Geography


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Essay

    Submission deadline
    19.05.2023, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam