The programme aims to give you as a student a broad general knowledge of geoscience, as well as research skills in your chosen speciality. 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 you can choose between four specialisations, mirroring the four main research groups at the department:
- Quaternary Earth Systems
- Geochemistry and Geobiology
- Basin and Reservoir Studies (Only open for international applicants residing in Norway)