Master’s studies

Syllabus for Analytical Methods in Earth Science

Geovetenskapens analysmetoder


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GV015
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-05-09
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2017
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits with (1) 90 credits in earth science or biology, or (2) 90 credits in physics and 30 credits in earth science (geophysics). Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change, 10 credits, or Exploration and Environmental Geophysics, 15 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • use analytical spectroscopic methods, and chemical analyses, using microprobe, as tools for the understanding of endogenic and exogenic processes, from a regional as well as from a global perspective
  • explain basic principles of Raman and infrared spectroscopy and isotope geochemistry as advanced geochemical methods, including measurement procedures, and compilation and processing of data
  • interpret results from various geological archives, such as sediments or rocks
  • describe how stable and radioactive isotopes are used in earth sciences to date and trace processes associated with for example fossils and rocks
  • apply results for critical analysis, and connection between currently active anthropogenic and natural processes


Theoretical background to Raman and infrared spectroscopy, chemical analysis using microprobe and for isotope geochemistry. Interpretive methods for spectroscopic, chemical and isotope data from the point of view of geoscientific and societal problems. Application aspects and evaluation of results relevant for geological processes through different archives, with focus on individual project work.


Lectures, laboratory work, and project work. Participation in laboratory, and project work is compulsory.
Training in communication skills with feedback is included in this course.


Written examination 5 credits, presentation of project work orally and in writing 5 credits.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2017

  • Wenk, Hans-Rudolf; Bulakh, Andrei Glebovich Minerals : their constitution and origin

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004

    Find in the library

  • Beran, Anton.; Libowitzky, Eugen. Spectroscopic methods in mineralogy : university textbook

    Budapest: Eötvös University Press, 2004

    Find in the library

  • White, William M. Isotope Geochemistry

    Hoboken: Wiley, 2014

    Find in the library