M.Sc. Economic Geology

University of Oulu

Application deadline: January 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Masters Programme in Economic Geology is a collaboration between the departments of Geology and Geophysics and the Mining School of the University of Oulu, with extensive international linkages.

The programme will be taught entirely in English and comprises 22 modules, including courses in magmatic, hydrothermal and sedimentary ore deposits, structural geology for economic geologists, mining geology, geometallurgy, sampling methods, GIS applications, as well as environmental geochemistry.

Employment opportunities for graduates
Northern Finland is currently experiencing an unparalleled mining boom, making the area one of the exploration and mining powerhouses of Europe. The minerals sector may become one of the key foundations of the Finnish economy as commodity prices are bound to continue their rise on the long term and demand from China and other emerging economies is predicted to grow. These factors ensure employment opportunities for graduates as well as funding opportunities for future research projects.


Northern Scandinavia experiences an unparalleled minerals boom, making the area the exploration and mining powerhouse of Europe. Several world-class mining and exploration projects, both in Finland and Sweden, require skilled geoscientists which the current programme will train. In addition to a dissertation and an ore geology excursion, students take modules in various aspects of ore geology, as well as in geophysics, environmental geology, mining geology, geometallurgy, and GIS applications. The acquired skills will equip students to seek employment in industry or continue with their PhD training to strive for a career in research and/or teaching at national research organizations and universities.


A successful applicant has obtained their first academic degree, normally a Bachelors degree or equivalent, from an institution of higher education. As a rule, the Bachelors degree is the lower academic degree. This degree should be equivalent of at least three years of full-time studies (180 ECTS).

Applicants graduating spring/second term 2014
Students who are on their last term/semester of Bachelors studies can apply to study for a Masters degree. Applicants with excellent academic records can be offered a conditional study placement.

Students are asked to state the expected date of graduation on the application form and provide the transcript of records with the other application documents.

In the case that the applicant is accepted for study, the applicant has to submit officially certified copies of his/her Bachelors degree certificate and the final transcript of records by 1 August 2014.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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