Master’s studies

Syllabus for Mineralogy and Petrology

Mineralogi och petrologi


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MP000
  • 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 and 15 credits in chemistry, or (2) 90 credits in physics and 30 credits in earth science, or (3) 90 credits in geology. Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change, 10 credits, or Analytical Methods in Earth Science, 10 credits, and Exploration and Environmental Geophysics 15 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to

• recognise the most important rock forming minerals from structural, chemical, physical and optical properties
• explain the principles of, and use mineralogical methods, microprobe analysis and optical mineralogy
• apply phase equilibria and the principles of thermobarometry to common mineral groups
• determine the evolution of rocks using petrographical, mineralogical and geochemical indices
• describe magmatic and metamorphic rocks from a plate tectonic point of view


Systematic mineralogy and mineral chemistry, including crystal-chemical structure and physical properties of different mineralogical groups. Classification of rocks and chemical principals of petrology. Magmatic and metamorphic petrology from a plate tectonic point of view. Exercises in analytical methodology, mineralogy and petrology, optical mineralogy, geochemical modelling and thermobarometry.
Discussion of natural hazards and natural resources and their impact on the society and environment.


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



Written exam in mineralogy (5 credits), written exam with microscope component in igneous petrology (5 credits), written exam in metamorphic petrology (1.5 credits), written exam with microscope component in ore petrology (1.5 credits), written project work (2 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 05, 2017

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

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004

    Find in the library


  • Hall, Anthony Igneous petrology

    2. ed.: Harlow: Longman, 1996

    Find in the library


  • Bucher, Kurt.; Grapes, Rodney. Petrogenesis of Metamorphic Rocks

    Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2011

    Find in the library

  • Evans, Anthony M. Ore geology and industrial minerals : an introduction

    3. ed.: Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publ., 1993

    Find in the library