Name of qualification

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Earth Science. It is a two year programme

(120 ECTS credits).

Objectives and content

The programme aims to give you as a student a broad general knowledge of geoscience, as well as research skills in your chosen speciality. Candidates generally find employment in the oil industry, within research, or as private or civic consultants. Master's projects range from dealing with theoretical aspects of solid Earth physics to applied geology, and aim to make use of each student's individual skills and background. The course programme and the master's thesis also take advantage of the fact that Western Norway offers a unique environment for different types of field geology, ranging from Quaternary and glacial geology to Precambrian orogenic and magmatic processes. The proximity to the North Sea oil fields, and the access to two ocean going research vessels equipped for marine reflection seismics, mean that you will have excellent opportunities within petroleum research and marine research. As a master's student you will also have access to a wide range of modern laboratory and computer facilities.

Within the Master's Programme in Earth Science you can choose between four specialisations, mirroring the four main research groups at the department:

  • Quaternary Earth Systems
  • Geochemistry and Geobiology
  • Basin and Reservoir Studies (Only open for international applicants residing in Norway)
  • Geodynamics

Admission Requirements

To qualify for the Master Programme in Earth Sciences, you must have obtained a Bachelor degree in Earth Sciences or equivalent.

Bachelor degrees from the University of Bergen that qualify:

  • Earth Sciences: specialization in geology
  • Earth Sciences: specialization in mathematical geophysics
  • Earth Sciences: specialization in geological geophysics

External Bachelor degrees that qualify:

Other Bachelor degrees may qualify for the Master Program if the degree includes at least one and a half year of full-time studies in geology, geophysics or equivalent (80-100 ECTS). For these students the average grade is calculated based on all the courses included in the Bachelor degree.

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Administrative responsibility

Student counsellor at the Department of Earth Science