Uppsala University

Earth Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
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. The Earth Science programme is offered at Uppsala University.


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.

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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

  • 90 credits in earth science; or
  • 90 credits in biology.

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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