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Postgraduate course

Polar Palaeoclimate

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeGEOV324
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study




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Objectives and Content

The course aims to critically relate to new and updated research-based knowledge about climate conditions in polar regions. This is done through lectures, literature studies and writing essays on the appointed topic.

The course aims to disseminate updated knowledge about the climate of the past in polar regions.

The content of the course addresses interdisciplinary issues related to the reconstruction of the climate of the past in polar regions. An important part of the course is to compare the knowledge of the past with today's climate development in polar regions.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the student must have the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student should be able to use theoretical and practical theory at a high level to be able to discuss paleoclimatic issues in polar regions on an independent basis. It is and is expected that the candidate will master and be critical of literature and research results from the polar regions.


The student should be able to prepare research-based analysis of paleoclimatic issues in polar regions by integrating methodological and generic knowledge from interdisciplinary disciplines and make assessments based on incomplete or limited information. The student should also be able to develop new skills to follow up on new knowledge.

General competence

The student must show leadership and innovation in the face of academic challenges. Preferably in an unpredictable learning environment and in a context that requires solving complex problems.

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOV106 or GEOV110

Recommended Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a Master's or PhD programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and webinars, 2 hours a week for 12 weeks.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation on 75% of the course webinars.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment:

  • Hand in of course essay, app. 75 % of grading
  • Oral presentation of essay, app. 25 % of grading.

Both parts of assessment must be passed to get final grade in the course.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and Deecember 1st for the spring semester.


Study advisor, Department of Earth Science, studieveileder@geo.uib.no