Earth Science - Geology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Master Programme in Earth Science - Geology from Uppsala University will enable you to explore from nanoscale to plate tectonic scale, active systems to the Archean and from formation to deformation, and find a balance between using and preserving Earth’s resources and reducing the environmental impact for a healthy sustainable future.


Want to have an impact on the future of exploration and extraction of mineral resources? Contribute to safe and sustainable location of building, tunnels or nuclear waste? Or make your mark in informed natural hazard mitigation associated with volcanoes and landslides? 

The Master Programme in Earth Science - Geology from Uppsala University focuses on mineral and rock formation and deformation in a wide range of geological environments through courses focused on mineralogy and petrology, regional geology, ores and surficial deposits and tectonics, which reflect the main themes of the research programme. This specialisation is aimed at preparing you for a research career or employment as a professional geologist. 

There is significant emphasis on geochemistry and geochronology as tools to understand geological processes. In addition projects within the courses provide experience with 3D modelling, analogue tectonic modelling, as well as geochemical, thermobarometric and thermodynamic modelling.


The Master Programme in Earth Science, specialising in Geology, provides you with knowledge and skills for a career as a qualified professional in industry, the public sector and consultancy firms. You may also choose to pursue research by continuing with doctoral studies.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change
  • Applied Geoinformatics for Earth Science
  • Exploration and Environmental Geophysics
  • Analytical Methods in Earth Science
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Regional Geology
  • Geological Field Project
  • Degree Project D in Earth Science

Examination generally includes written exams, complemented by seminar presentations/discussions, project work, laboratory work and field reports.

For more information, please visit the programme website.

                                                    Detailed Programme Facts

                                                    • Programme intensity Full-time
                                                      • Full-time duration 24 months
                                                    • Credits
                                                      120 alternative credits
                                                    • Languages
                                                      • English
                                                    • Delivery mode
                                                      On Campus

                                                    English Language Requirements

                                                    You only need to take one of these language tests:

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                                                    Academic Requirements

                                                    A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
                                                    Also required is:

                                                    • 90 credits in earth science and 15 credits in chemistry; or
                                                    • 90 credits in physics and 30 credits in earth science (geophysics); or
                                                    • 90 credits in geology.

                                                    Selection: Students are selected based on:

                                                    • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies; and
                                                    • a statement of purpose (1 page).

                                                    Tuition Fee

                                                    • International Applies to you

                                                      15113.5 EUR/year
                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                      Based on the original amount of 30227 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
                                                    • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                      Tuition Fee
                                                      Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
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                                                    • Application Fee: SEK 900
                                                    • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500
                                                    • Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000

                                                    Living costs for Uppsala

                                                    6573 - 6670 SEK/month
                                                    Living Costs

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