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Master's Programme in Geoecology

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

Geoecology integrates the fields of Geosciences and Ecology and you will study natural earth processes, climate change and the impact of human influences such as natural resources and environmental disruption. Impact on geo-ecological 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 student in geoecology in Umeå, you will develop your skills for individual integration and application of knowledge, and 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.
The mandatory elements of the Master's programme in Geoecology 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, Theoretical 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.

High score in quality review

In addition, choose freely among our courses at advanced level, provided that your choice meets the qualification requirements for the Master's degree. All teaching is in English. 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 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.

  • What is unique with the Master´s programme in Geoecology?

    The programme is broad and provides strong links between biogeochemical processes in soil and water that you can study at different time scales, from year to thousands of years, covering a variety of topics, such as climate change and pollution in a variety of habitats in boreal and arctic regions.

  • What types of courses can I take?

    The department of Ecology and Environmental Science is unique in that respect because it gives students opportunity to take courses in both aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemistry and in paleolimnology, with the potential to link this to ecology.

  • What types of thesis work can I do?

    We offer excellent opportunities to make your thesis linked to our ongoing strong research at EMG which is conducted both in boreal and arctic ecosystems. There is also the opportunity to make a degree thesis linked to the county administrative boards, consulting firms and municipalities. In addition to the usual theses of 30 ECTS, we can offer one-year (60 credits) theses.

  • Will I get a job after my degree?

    Students who have studied geoscience with us do very well in the labor market. A recent survey shows that more than 80 percent of those who have taken our bachelor (2006–2015) have jobs that are relevant to education. With a Master's degree you will be even more attractive in the labor market.


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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