Chemical Oceanography, M.Sc.

Chemical Oceanography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Chemical Oceanography offered by University of Bergen gives the student a deep understanding of the distribution of the chemical components of the ocean, the cycling of key components, which chemical/biological/geological processes influencing the cycling, and how the cycles are coupled to climate and climate changes.


The MS in Chemical Oceanography deree course from University of Bergen provides a broad foundation and good understanding of current issues in the field. The study examines the distribution of chemical components into the ocean, their residence time and the ways in which they are transported. The student gets an overview of how different processes influence the chemistry of the ocean, including the role of vertical mixing, advection, biological processes and gas exchange between the air-sea interface. The study also discusses the use of chemical tracer elements to quantify the mixing processes in the ocean. Based on the natural cycling of carbon, the program addresses the link to climate and climate change and it analyses the human influence through changes in the ocean uptake of carbon dioxide and ocean acidification.

Required Learning Outcomes

A candidate who has completed his or her qualifications should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate
  • can explain different chemical cycles in the ocean; e.g. carbon, oxygen, nutrients, silica, and trace elements such as iron
  • is able to understand how these cycles are influenced by biogeochemical processes such as ocean circulation, biological processes, air-sea gas exchange and riverine input
  • can explain how changes in the cycles are related to global change in past, present and future climates
  • masters statistical methods and mathematical numeric modelling or chemical analytical work (depending on the Master¿s thesis topic chosen)
  • is able to explain the main features of chemical oceanography and related subjects such as physical oceanography, meteorology and climate, and has a thorough knowledge of a specialized topic in chemical oceanography
  • can use and is aware of the possibilities and limitations of the most common instruments in chemical oceanography and has the ability to carry out related data analyses


The candidate can explain important parts of the above mentioned cycles

  • knows the scientific terminology used in chemical oceanography, oceanography and meteorology
  • is able to differentiate between processes caused by biology and physics
  • can calculate or model changes in the cycles and differentiate between natural and anthropogenic changes
  • is able to calculate or model how chemical substances change in time and space in the past, present and future
  • can calculate or model the human influence on greenhouse gas emissions and the related ocean uptake
  • has the ability to calculate or model the rate of ocean acidification
  • can apply acquired knowledge on new scientific problems
  • can present both written and oral reports

General competence

The candidate

  • can explain key concepts in chemical oceanography, and discuss similarities and differences between these
  • knows and can acquire basic knowledge about experimental equipment and field activities in chemical oceanography, and can implement, report and communicate subsequent data analysis
  • can perform independent project work, and can write and present a final project report in accordance with good scientific practice
  • can analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientific good and critical manner and in accordance with data and theories from related research fields
  • can present key areas of meteorology and oceanography at the bachelor level.
  • can analyse and reflect on current ethical issues related to the research
  • demonstrates understanding and respect for scientific values such as transparency, precision and accountability

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Physical-Biological Relations
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Advanced Chemical Oceanography
  • Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer
  • Physical Climatology
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Physical Oceanography in Fjords
  • Polar Oceanography
  • Master's Thesis in Meteorology and Oceanography

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements for specialization in Chemical Oceanography
  • Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology or equivalent, including courses equivalent to GEOF110 together with either GEOF120 and GEOF130, or GEOF105 and GEOF210.
  • The course GEOF236 must be passed during bachelor or master.
  • To qualify for admission to the master's programme the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C in the Norwegian grading system.
  • If capacity is limited, the applicants will become ranked for admission.

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The University of Bergen is publicly funded and offers tuition-free quality education for all students, regardless of citizenship.

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  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
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