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Master's Programme in Earth Science

  • Number of credits 120 Credits
  • Study time 2 years (full time)
  • Level Master’s Degree
  • Starting Spring Term 2019

Within the master's programme in Earth Science you will study natural earth processes, climate change and the impact of human influences such as natural resources and environmental disruption. Impact on earth processes leads to substantial changes in the environment. You will develop awareness and in-depth knowledge of environmental changes over years to millennia in different types of environments.

While studying

Theoretical studies of important earth processes are consolidated via experiments and field studies in the Northern landscape, including a variety of boreal and arctic habitats. As a master's student in Earth Science in Umeå, you will develop your skills for individual integration and application of knowledge. You also develop the ability to handle complex phenomena, problems and situations, as a preparation for research practice or other jobs that have high demands of self-dependence.

Many elective courses

The mandatory elements of the Master's programme in Earth Science consists of four courses during Year 1, and a final Degree thesis project of 30 ECTS or 60 ECTS. As first courses you take Aquatic Ecosystem and Aquatic Biogeochemistry. These courses are then followed by Analysis of Field Data and Analysis of Environmental Change.

There are also several elective courses to take during the first and second year like Arctic Geoecology and Terrestrial Biogeochemistry. In addition, choose freely among our courses at advanced level, provided that your choice meets the qualification requirements for the Master's degree. The teaching is conducted in close collaboration with on-going research at our department. All teaching is in English.

High score in quality review

The programme received the highest score in the Swedish Higher Education Authority recent quality review.

Programme overview

Career opportunities

In your future work life, you will deal with socioeconomically important functions and future issues concerning climate and environment. Most graduates are working with environmental issues or environmental problems in private companies or for the authorities. A number of graduates continue with PhD studies and are aiming at a career as a scientist.

Common job titles

• Administrative officer at county boards, municipalities, and agencies.
• Environmental consultant for private and mining companies.

Application and eligibility

Master's Programme in Earth Science, 120 hp

International admission round

Programme starts

Spring Term 2019

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university with 90 ECTS in Earth science or a Bachelor´s degree with 60 ECTS in Biology, Chemistry or Environmental science and 30 ECTS in Earth science. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester (for more information, see http://www.umu.se/english/education/master/eligibility). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-M5053

Application

Application deadline was 15 August 2018. Submit a late application at Universityadmissions.se.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Second admission round for EU/EEA citizens

Programme starts

Spring Term 2019

Type of studies

100%, Daytime

Study location

Umeå

Language

English

Number of places

20

Eligibility

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, 180 ECTS) from an internationally recognised university with 90 ECTS in Earth science or a Bachelor´s degree with 60 ECTS in Biology, Chemistry or Environmental science and 30 ECTS in Earth science. If you are still working towards your undergraduate degree, you need to include with your application a document from your current University outlining when you are expected to graduate as well as a course outline for the last semester (for more information, see http://www.umu.se/english/education/master/eligibility). Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A/5.

Selection

Academic credits

Application code

UMU-05053

Application

Application deadline was 15 October 2018. The late application period opens on13 December 2018 if there are seats available.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

Application fee

SEK900

Tuition fee, first instalment

SEK67,500

Total fee

SEK270,000

Contact us

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Programme is given by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Contact persons for the programme are:
Ann-Kristin Bergström, Programme Co-ordinator