University of Bergen

Geodynamics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
Geodynamic processes may be studied on three different scales: global, regional and local. Global processes taking place in the Earth's interior are closely linked to geological processes on the Earth's surface, where plate tectonics plays a central role. University of Bergen offers the MS in Geodynamics programme.


The use of geology and geophysics is essential in understanding geodynamic processes. Geophysical methods are used to map the interior of the Earth, while geological methods are used to understand surface processes. On a regional scale, geodynamics is an important tool for understanding the structure and deformation of lithosphere plates. Close to active plate boundaries, volcanoes and earthquakes are an integral part of this deformation.

The interplay between oceanic and continental crust is important for the structure of the Norwegian continental shelf, particularly in relation to oil and gas resources. Active deformation through individual earthquakes along geological structures (faults) is seen as a manifestation of geodynamic processes on a local scale. Seismology, tectonics, paleomagnetism and magmatic petrology are important disciplines within the field, and computer science and mathematics are important supporting subjects for parts of the study program.

The department has extensive cooperation with the petroleum industry, and participates in several international research projects in geodynamics. The wide range of specialities at the department, and connections to the outside world, ensure that the candidates acquire state of the art knowledge in geodynamics, enabling them to meet the demands of a modern job market.

Required Learning Outcomes

After completing the MSc program in Geodynamics from University of Bergen candidates should be able to:

  • Master relevant theories, methods and models for geological processes, and be able to explain their physical basis and limitations
  • Master a selection of laboratory- field- and computer based methods for acquiring and analyzing geological and geophysical data
  • Explain the Earth's structure and dynamics, as well as the internal and surface processes which shape and change the Earth's surface on a local, regional and global scale
  • Combine quantitative and qualitative data, models and literature to produce new knowledge
  • Communicate geoscientific ideas, problems and solutions both orally and in writing to specialists and non-specialists in both Norwegian and English
  • Use geoscientific knowledge to analyze societal problems related to resources, environment and geohazards
  • Work individually and as part of a team to solve complex geoscientific and multidisciplinary problems
  • Perform laboratory- and fieldwork in accordance with health- and safety standards

Carry out an independent research project within a given timeframe, and in accordance with scientific and ethical standards

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Geodynamics
  • Master's Thesis in Earth Science

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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Academic Requirements

The selection of students for admission is based on the following criteria:
  • You need a Bachelor's degree in Earth Science with first class results. Admission to the programme will be based on content and performance in earth science courses, which in general should not be any less than three semesters worth of courses, 90 ECTS (one and a half academic year)
  • In addition practical field experience is required
  • Applicants with 2nd class, upper division/B average or the equivalent will not be considered for admission. Only applicants with grades in first division will be considered.
Additional requirements and selection criteria:
  • Depth and relevance of educational training
  • A good knowledge and understanding of English
  • Academic degree not older than two years (exceptions can be made if the applicant has relevant work experience)
  • The applicant's prospects for having a productive career in the special field of study
  • Consideration to ensure diversity in the pool of students admitted to the Programme

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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