Master’s studies

Syllabus for Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes

Geomorfologi och jordens ytprocesser


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GE042
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-04-20
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2015
  • Entry requirements: Dynamic Geosystems, 10 credits, or Climate Variations, 5 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the completion of the course the student should be able to

  • describe the exogenous and endogenous processes in the landscape, their imprtance in landform development, and distinguish the mechanisms that control these processes
  • analyse how variations in climate, tectonics and environment affect the development of landforms
  • assess how different scales of time and space affect geomorphological processes
  • explain and apply geomorphological methods used in research today


The course reviews topics within geomorphology and earth surface processes such as key concepts of geomorphology, landform development at different spatial and time scales, endogenic and exogenic processes, their controlling mechanisms, and their interaction to form the landscape, geomorpholgical research methods, denudation and long-term landscape evolution. It considers different geomorphic contexts such as fluvial, coastal, aeolian and periglacial and the interaction between these and climate. The course involves field and laboratory methods relevant to geomorphology.


Teaching is in the form of lectures, seminars, written reports and papers, exercises and field trips.


The course is graded using a written examination (5 credits), participation in excursions, exercises and seminars (2 credits), and a written report (3 credits).

Transitional provisions

There are travel and living costs associated with the excursion that need to be covered by the student.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 36, 2015

  • Slaymaker, Olav; Spencer, T.; Embleton-Hamann, Christine. Geomorphology and global environmental change

    1st paperback edition.: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

    Find in the library


  • Summerfield, Michael A. Global geomorphology : an introduction to the study of landforms

    Harlow: Longman Scientific & Technical ; a New York : b Wiley, & Technical ; a New York : b Wiley, c 1991

    Find in the library


  • Anderson, Robert S..; Anderson, Suzanne P.. Geomorphology : The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010

    Find in the library


  • Bierman, Paul R.; Montgomery, David R. Key concepts in geomorphology

    New York, NY: W.H. Freeman and Company Publishers, [2014]

    Find in the library