University of Bergen

Marine Geology and Geophysics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Master program in Marine Geology and Geophysics consists of acquisition and interpretation of geophysical data (seismic, bathymetry, gravimetric and magnetic measurements) and geological sampling of marine sediments and rocks. Analysis of sediment cores provides insight in composition, origin and age of marine deposits, as well as information on paleo-climate and former ocean currents.


Processing, interpretation and modelling of geophysical data provides knowledge on the sedimentary depositional history, large-scale crustal structure and development of continental margins, the deep ocean and oceanic spreading ridges.The Marine Geology and Geophysics Master program from University of Bergen focuses on learning to reconstruct the geological evolution of an area, and on interpreting changes in climate and sedimentary processes with time.

The Master program in Marine Geology and Geophysics concerns a broad spectre of different depositional environments, such as the fjord systems near the edge of the continents, shallow continental shelf and deep ocean.Access to research vessels, modern field equipment and advanced laboratories provide opportunities for broad training within this field of research.

Required Learning Outcomes

By completing the Masterprogram in Geoscience, Marine Geology and Geophysics, the candidate should be able to:

  • Explain and use standard terminology and notions used within Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Use relevant marine-geological and marine-geophysical tools for common analyses, theories, methods and models, and to explain their limits
  • Explain basic sedimentary and structural processes related to the development of ocean basins and continental margins
  • Work individually and in teams in order to solve geo-scientific an inter-disciplinary problems
  • Perform laboratory- and fieldwork according to approved HES-procedures

Complete an individual work of research within a given timeframe and in accordance with scientific and ethical standards

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Master's Thesis in Earth Science

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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    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).

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    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

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

Tuition Fee

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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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