University of Bergen

Earth Science, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

Candidates generally find employment in the oil industry, within research, or as private or civic consultants. Master's projects range from dealing with theoretical aspects of solid Earth physics to applied geology, and aim to make use of each student's individual skills and background.

The course programme and the master's thesis also take advantage of the fact that Western Norway offers a unique environment for different types of field geology, ranging from Quaternary and glacial geology to Precambrian orogenic and magmatic processes.

The proximity to the North Sea oil fields, and the access to two ocean going research vessels equipped for marine reflection seismics, mean that you will have excellent opportunities within petroleum research and marine research. As a master's student you will also have access to a wide range of modern laboratory and computer facilities.

Within the Master's Programme in Earth Science from University of Bergen you can choose between five specialisations, mirroring the five main research groups at the department:

  • Quaternary geology and paleoclimate
  • Geobiology
  • Petroleum geoscience (Only open for international applicants residing in Norway)
  • Marine geology and geophysics
  • Geodynamics

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geobiology and geochemistry
  • Geodynamics
  • Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimatology
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Petroleum Geoscience

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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Academic Requirements

The selection of students for admission to the other four specializations in the Master's Programme in Earth Science - (1) Geobiology and Geochemistry, (2) Geodynamics, (3) Marin Geology and Geophysics, and (4) Quaternary Geology and Paleoclimatology, 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

  • International Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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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

7990 - 8840 NOK/month
Living Costs

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Funding

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