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Arctic Science A

  • Number of credits 4.5 credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Spring Term 2022

About the course

The course comprises three parts.
Part 1, theory part (1.5 credits)
The course provides an introduction to magnetospheric physics, physics and observations of the northern lights, optical phenomena in the polar regions, pearl clouds, snow and ice-related phenomena, and the impact of climate on the Arctic environment. The course also includes a presentation of the research activities in the Kiruna area and study visits. A number of compulsory assignments are included.

Part 2, laboratory part (1.5 credits)
The module consists of a laboratory course that is presented in writing.

Part 3, project part (1.5 credits)
The component consists of a project work that is presented in writing.

The course will include a 4-day meeting in Kiruna in February.

Expected study results
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
  • explain how the northern lights arise and what they look like,
  • describe how ice crystals are formed in the air,
  • describe optical phenomena that can be seen in the Arctic and explain how they occur,
  • discuss the reason for conducting research on northern latitudes,
  • give examples of how climate change affects the Arctic environment.

Forms of instruction
The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, project supervision, and supervision in laboratory sessions. Laboratories and projects are compulsory parts of the course.

The examination is done through written reports of the different parts of the course. On parts 2 and 3, one of the grades Fail (U) or Pass (G) is set. On part 1 one of the grades Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with Merit (4), or Pass with Distinction (5) is set. To pass the course, all exams and compulsory parts must be passed, and the grade of the course will be the same as that of part 1. A student who have passed an exam can not take another exam for higher grades.

Libbrecht Kenneth
Field Guide to Snowflakes
Voyageur Press : 2016 :
ISBN: 978-0-7603-4942-7

The course will include a 4-day meeting in Kiruna in February.

Application and eligibility

Arctic Science A, 4.5 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

The information below is only for exchange students


17 January 2022


6 March 2022

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 33%

Required Knowledge

Univ: Basic eligibility and a major in physics at high school level or equivalent.


Students applying for courses within a double degree exchange agreement, within the departments own agreements will be given first priority. Then will - in turn - candidates within the departments own agreements, faculty agreements, central exchange agreements and other departmental agreements be selected.

Application code



This application round is only intended for nominated exchange students. Information about deadlines can be found in the e-mail instruction that nominated students receive. The application period is closed.

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Contactperson for the course is:
Carol Norberg