Geochemistry and geobiology

  • Years2 years
  • Study startAutumn
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

The study includes different topics within the interactions between magmatic, metamorphic, hydrothermal, geochemical and biological processes in modern and ancient geological time, biological and (bio)geochemical processes in marine sediments, sedimentary provenance, and weathering reactions and aquatic geochemistry. Marine research cruises and on-land field work, in combination with laboratory research, will form the basis for understanding the fundamental global petrological, geochemical and biogeochemical processes, and experience in the use of modern analytical methods and techniques. The knowledge is important for understanding the evolution of the Earth through time, and forms the basis for rational and viable management of natural resources and environment. Examples of study themes include, but are not limited to, environment and evolution of the early Earth, biosignatures and early life, the deep biosphere, biomineralisation, marine ore deposits, and geochemical and geobiological processes connected to CO2 deposition.

Programme profile

A comprehensive collaboration with the petroleum industry and participation in a number of international research programmes ensures that you will be given an education in tune with present demands. UiB's two national centres of excellence, one in climate studies and one in petroleum research, also have close ties to the department, and provide additional opportunities for master's projects.

The Degree

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Earth Science - Geobiology and geochemistry. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

After completing the MSc program in Geochemistry and geobiology candidates should be able to:

  • explain and apply relevant phrases and terminology in geochemistry and geobiology
  • master relevant geochemical and geobiological theories, methods and models, and be able to explain their uses and limitations
  • conduct independent scientific and industry-oriented fieldwork
  • understand and use up-to-date laboratory techniques and procedures
  • explain complex interactions between geochemical and geobiological processes, and how such processes control the evolution of the earth through time
  • communicate geoscientific ideas, problems and solutions both orally and in writing to specialists and non-specialists in both Norwegian and English
  • use geoscientific knowledge to analyze societal problems related to resources and environment
  • work individually and as part of a team to solve complex geoscientific and multidisciplinary problems
  • perform laboratory- and fieldwork in accordance with health- and safety standards
  • carry out an independent research project within a given timeframe, and in accordance with scientific and ethical standards

How to Apply

Who may apply

Who may apply?  

International degree students

The selection of students for admission is based on the following criteria:

  • You need a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science with first class results. Admission to the programme will be based on content and performance in earth science courses, which in general should not be any less than three semesters worth of courses, 90 ECTS (one and a half academic year) 
  • In addition practical field experience is required
  • Applicants with 2nd class, upper division/B average or the equivalent will not be considered for admission. Only applicants with grades in first division will be considered.

Additional requirements and selection criteria:

  • Depth and relevance of educational training
  • A good knowledge and understanding of English
  • Academic degree not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
  • The applicant's prospects for having a productive career in the special field of study
  • Consideration to ensure diversity in the pool of students admitted to the Programme

How many places?

5 places are reserved for qualified international applicants in the Master's Programme in Earth Science

Application procedure

Main intake in the autumn semester. For more information about the application procedure please see:

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About the programme

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Department of Earth Science

Study section: studierettleiar@geo.uib.no

Department of Earth Science: http://www.uib.no/en/geo