Earth Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
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    Tuition (Full programme)
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Learn about the interdependency of Earth Systems and gain advanced skills in specific areas within Earth Sciences. Explore climate change from the perspectives of Earth processes occurring in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, lithosphere and biosphere. Find a balance between using and preserving Earth’s resources and reducing the environmental impact for a healthy sustainable future. The Master Programme in Earth Science at Uppsala University gives you the breadth and depth of Earth Science.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Department of Earth Sciences at Uppsala University is one of the most comprehensive academic departments of its kind in Europe. Research in Earth Science focuses on subjects that range from the Earth’s core to the atmosphere, on scales from sub-microscopic minerals and fossils to the formation of mountains and oceans, and in time from the formation of the Earth to the processes currently reshaping the planet.

Research activities at the department encompass air and water sciences and physical geography, paleobiology, mineralogy, petrology and tectonics, geophysics, natural resources and sustainable development. Interaction between these research groups leads to dynamic interdisciplinary research in climate, development of life, natural hazards, natural resources, energy and sustainable development.

Applied research in earth science is directed towards questions of importance for our civilization including mineral resources, climate change, clean water supplies and carbon dioxide storage, which are all fundamental in the perspectives of sustainable development and world economy.

There are five specialisations:
  • Geology
  • Hydrology/Hydrogeology
  • Paleobiology
  • European Paleobiology specialisation
  • Physical Geography

The Master programme in Earth Science provides you with knowledge and skills for a career as a qualified professional in industry, the public sector and consultancy firms. You may also continue to pursue doctoral studies.

Depending on your specialisation you can work with, for example, hydrological, geological, city planning or environmental projects at governmental agencies, NGOs and consultancy firms. The need for professional Earth scientists has increased considerably during the last few years due to growing awareness of environmental issues and the increasing demands for natural resources.


The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Earth Science as the main field of study.

Programme Structure

In Uppsala courses involving expertise common to all specialisations are offered in the early part of the first term. After that, you will gradually develop a major by means of subjects tailored to your chosen specialisation. The first course Dynamics of Earth Systems – Global Change provides a chance to explore the current research in Earth systems, interactions between Earth systems and how they change with time. A course in presentation and publication provides training and experience in presentation skills. An applied GIS course offers case studies relevant to the different specialisations.

Research methodologies are offered at different times depending on your specialisation. Such courses provide valuable preparation for your research thesis as well as a career in industry or research.

For those of you who choose the European Palaeobiology Specialisation you begin with a semester in Lille, France, and for those who choose the Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management (SINReM) specialisation begin at Ghent University in Belgium.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: August 28, 2017
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 30561 International
  • Free EU/EEA

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 72500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 290000


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.

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