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Master's Programme in Earth Science

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

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.

Admitted to the programme

Here you will find everything you need to know before the programme starts.

While studying

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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 independence.

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

Year 1:
Aquatic Ecosystems
Aquatic Biogeochemistry
Analysis of field data
Analysis of Environmental Changes
Elective courses
Year 2:
Elective courses
Degree thesis

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.

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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