Earth Sciences

University of Gothenburg

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
11910 EUR/year
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Against the background of global change, modern society has an increasing need of citizen competence in Earth sciences. The accessibility of Earth science information is greater today, resulting in new areas of application and new methods to manage geo-resources on a local and global basis. Learn more with the Earth Sciences programme of the University of Gothenburg.



The courses in the Earth science Master's Programme provide depth and diverse possibilities for subject specialisation. The courses also give you extensive experience with new analytical methods and the ability to evaluate and present complex issues within the Earth sciences.

Diverse learning opportunities

As a student of the programme, you will deepen your understanding of our planet through advanced courses and an in-depth research project. Three profile areas help you define your specialization:

  • Environmental and applied geology explains and illustrates why different geological materials have specific characteristics, why there are systematic trends in the physical environment, and how this knowledge can be applied in society.
  • Bedrock geology focuses on magmatic and metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, economic geology, and geophysics combined with excursions to study the Scandinavian Precambrian bedrock. (For clarification, we don’t offer petroleum geology).
  • Physical geography and climatology investigate interactions between climate, society, and terrestrial environments, both natural and urban. Here, knowledge of past climate and natural geography is combined with applied studies of how climate affects humans and the environment.

Our programme also addresses the increasing use of computer-aided mapping in many Earth science research questions by offering advanced courses in Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing tools to increase your skillset and make you more attractive to employers.

Strong research in climate and geology

A strength of our department is the extensive opportunities within climatology, with many of our climate studies involving climate modelling to explain and predict climate change. The paleoclimatology of the planet is studied using dendrochronology in our joint Chinese-Swedish tree-ring laboratory. We also have a strong urban climate group studying how climate affects cities (and vice versa) and how climate change influences city planning. Volvo Cars, located in Gothenburg, has inspired a strong road climate group that studies how driving can be safer by understanding how roads and climate interact.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Applied Hydrogeology
  • Global change - problem, analysis measures
  • Earth science excursion I, Oman
  • Climate Change in an Earth system perspective
  • Climate Modeling
  • Advanced Petrology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences of 180 credits at an accredited (internationally recognized) university including at least 90 credits in a major subject
  • Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS
  • Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11910 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23820 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • Full education cost: 242,000 SEK
  • No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.


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