M.Sc. On Campus

Geology, Quaternary Geology

Lund University

24 months
14096 EUR/year
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The Geology, Quaternary Geology programme from Lund University provides you with cutting-edge expertise that is in demand on the international labour market.


The Geology, Quaternary Geology programme from Lund University provides you with specialist knowledge in Quaternary geology, i.e. the study of the ice age cycles of the past 2.6 million years, the formations they left behind and the processes that created them, which are in part still ongoing. 

The education covers climate variations, glaciation history and glacial deposits. You will also get detailed insight into changes in plant and animal distributions, oceans, lakes and wetlands during the Quaternary, as well as environmental analysis and dating methods. Four courses, each worth 15 credits, make up the recommended study path:

  • Glacial sedimentology – processes, sediments and landform systems
  • Palaeoecological methods and environmental analysis
  • Global and regional marine geology
  • Quaternary climate and glaciation history
  • Career prospects

    Demand for geological expertise will only increase in the future, to address the major societal challenges we are facing. With a Master’s degree in Geology, you will be well-equipped with both general and specific subject knowledge to tackle advanced tasks in research and qualified professional work. 

    Many of our students get jobs as environmental consultants or specialists within the mining, construction and engineering sectors. Others make a career in Swedish and international authorities, often centred on sustainable management of groundwater and other geological resources. You can also work in municipal planning, water engineering and environmental protection. G

    eological knowledge is in demand all over the world and there are good opportunities to find jobs abroad, for example with water supply in developing countries or in major infrastructure projects.

    Programme Structure

    The Geology programme has three specialisations: 

    • Bedrock Geology
    • Quarternary Geology 
    • Biogeology

    Courses from the different specialisations can readily be combined in a degree, such as:

    • Sedimentary Geology and Basin Analysis
    • Magmatic Petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology
    • Glacial Sedimentology – Processes, Sediments and Landform Systems
    • Palaeoecological Methods and Environmental Analysis
    • Sedimentary Geology and Basin Analysis
    • Palaeoecological Methods and Environmental Analysis

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines

    More details

    You should apply between mid-October to 15 January for studies starting in the autumn semester


    120 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • Bachelor's degree of at least 180 credits in geology or the equivalent. The degree must include at least 90 credits in geology. Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
    • Based on grades awarded for previous academic courses and a statement of purpose for the application (from the applicant s Summary sheet ).

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      14096 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 28192 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.
    • EU/EEA

      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 0 EUR for the full programme during 24 months.

    Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

    Living costs for Lund

    7428 - 11057 SEK /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


    The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

    Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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