Second Level/Cycle. 120 credits (2 years). Study tempo 100%.

he Master’s program is intended to help you to understand how the Earth's landscape, landforms and sediments have been formed during the Quaternary, or even longer time spans. This is a programme that focuses on Climate, Climate modelling, Geomorphology, Glaciology, Polar Environments and Quaternary Geology.

The program begins with two mandatory courses. Here you acqurie more in-depth knowledge on climate and environmental change, geomorphology and glaciology, learn how to analyse and interpret landscape and climate changes, and focus on dating methods, presentation techniques, and scientific publishing.

The program is especially useful if you plan a continuation in research but also gives you transferable skills and knowledge that are useful in working life. Understanding of landscape development in a rapidly changing world is essential, and with a master's degree in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, you will be attractive to employers in both state and local government and the private sector.

Programme structure

The first semester starts with a field course to northern Scandinavia dealing with the Quaternary climate history, glacial and periglacial landforms, and subarctic and Arctic environments.

During semester 2-3, you will be focusing on our courses based on research for which we are internationally competitive such as climate modelling, bio- and lithostratigraphy, palaeoglaciology, permafrost or additional subjects through our range of elective and optional courses. A large part of the teaching is conducted in the field and in the laboratory and our teachers are active researchers giving you a direct contact with ongoing research. Year two ends with a thesis, which is generally linked to an ongoing research project. Unique opportunities for Master thesis projects are available at our alpine research station located in Tarfala, Kebnekaise.

The two-year Master’s Programme consists of 120 credits
30 credits Mandatory advanced courses
22.5 credits Elective advanced courses (from a list)
7.5-37.5 credits Optional courses
30-60 credits Master Thesis Project (mandatory)

The number of optional courses taken will be dependent on the period of time devoted to the Master Thesis, which may extend over one or two terms.

The first year

The first term consists of two mandatory courses

The second term consists of 22.5 credits elective courses and a 7.5 credit optional course

  • Elective courses, 22.5 credits Spring Term 2019:
A-B Quaternary Climate and Environmental Reconstructions 15 credits Permafrost - Interactions with Ecology and Hydrology 7.5 credits
Glaciology 7.5 credits
C Quaternary Sedimentology 7.5 credits Quaternary Sedimentology 7.5 credits
D Climate Model Simulations 7.5 credits Paleoglaciology 7.5 credits

Elective courses for the NNKVO Master's Programme in Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, 120 credits, study year 2018-2019:
Elective courses NNKVO 2018-2019 (108 Kb)

Elective courses NNKVO 2019-2020

  • Optional course, 7.5 credits

The second year

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