Master’s studies

Syllabus for Tectonics



  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 1MP005
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2012-03-08
  • 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. Regional Geology, 10 credits.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to

  • explain tectonic processes and the resulting phenomena on various scales
  • explain plate tectonic processes, and the global evolution of continental crust
  • relate petrological processes to different tectonic environments
  • interpret and describe microstructures
  • construct geological cross-sections from given surface data and the interpretation of structural geological measurements


Tectonic processes which affect the planet and develop sedimentary basins. Orogenesis (mountain building) in various plate tectonic environments with examples from different mountain chains and tectonic basins.
Methodological part: optical microstructures, analogue and 3D modelling, as well as interpretation of bedrock maps, structural geological, petrological and geophysical data.


Lectures, seminars and practicals.
Training in communication skills with feedback is included in this course.


Written examination 3 credits, practical exam 5 credits, and project work, practicals and seminars 7 credits .

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2017

  • Wilson, Marjorie Igneous petrogenesis

    Reprinted: Dordrecht: Springer, 2007

    Find in the library


  • Van der Pluijm, Ben A.; Marshak, Stephen Allmendinger, Richard W. Earth structure : an introduction to structural geology and tectonics

    2. ed.: New York: W.W. Norton, cop. 2004

    Find in the library


  • Passchier, Cees W.; Trouw, R. A. J. Microtectonics

    2nd, Revised and Enlarged Edition.: Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2005

    Find in the library