M.Sc. On Campus

Earth Science

University of Bergen

24 months
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The Earth Science degree offered by the University of Bergen takes advantage of Western Norway’s unique environment for different types of field geology, ranging from Quaternary and glacial geology to Precambrian orogenic and magmatic processes.


Key facts

The overall goal of the Earth Science degree offered by the University of Bergen is to develop new knowledge of the Earth's structure, formation history and the driving forces for its dynamic behaviour.   

Earth scientists’ research attempts to understand topics such as:  

  • the relationship between the planet's interior and surface, now and throughout history  
  • how glaciers behave 
  • Earth's changing climate 
  • responsible use of natural resources from the earth and under the sea 
  • how best to build human infrastructure on an evolving planet 

UiB is close to the North Sea oil fields, which provides excellent opportunities for study in the areas of petroleum and marine research.   


Earth scientists are needed when building infrastructure like road and rail networks, tunnels and buildings, subsea and on land — in other words, anywhere on the planet where humans can be found. Earth scientists investigate the history of our extraordinary planet in order to understand our present and build for our future.  

At UiB, the Department of Earth Science’s collaboration with the petroleum industry, and its international research programmes, ensures that your education will be relevant and desirable to employers. Employers appreciate earth science graduates for their:  

  • Adaptability 
  • Ability to think creatively and open-mindedly about issues in the world today.  
  • Independence 
  • Conscientiousness 
  • Ability to put their academic training to effective use when solving society’s challenges in the 21st Century.   

Graduates of the programme go on to find work in the petroleum industry, or as consultants in public or private sectors. Some continue to PhDs and careers in research, whether at UiB’s centres of excellence in climate studies and petroleum research, or elsewhere.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Geobiology and geochemistry
  • Geodynamics
  • Quaternary Geology and Palaeoclimatology
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Petroleum Geoscience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Earth Sciences: specialization in geology
  • Earth Sciences: specialization in mathematical geophysics
  • Earth Sciences: specialization in geological geophysics

Tuition Fee

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The semester fee is NOK 590

Living costs for Bergen

10362 - 16828 NOK /month
Living costs

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


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