Master’s studies

Syllabus for Master Programme in Earth Science

Masterprogram i geovetenskap

  • 120 credits
  • Programme code: TGV2M
  • Specialization Code: PALE
  • Established: 2011-11-10
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2017-11-09
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Reg. no: TEKNAT 2017/120
  • Syllabus applies from: Autumn 2018
  • Responsible faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Entry Requirements

European Palaeobiology Specialisation (Uppsala-Lille)


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in earth science; or
  • 90 credits in biology.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Geology


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in earth science and 15 credits in chemistry; or
  • 90 credits in physics and 30 credits in earth science (geophysics); or
  • 90 credits in geology.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in engineering or science (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, earth science, computer science, materials science), of which 10 credits must be in chemistry and 15 credits in mathematics or physics.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. For more information see admission at Ghent University.

Hydrology/Hydrogeology


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in earth science and 15 credits in mathematics; or
  • 90 credits in technology/engineering or physics and 30 credits in earth science or environmental science.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Physical Geography


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 90 credits in earth science.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Palaeobiology


Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is:

  • 90 credits in earth science; or
  • 90 credits in biology.
Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency. This is normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS with the following minimum scores:
  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
Exemptions for students from certain countries.

Decisions and Guidelines

According to a decision taken by the Vice Chancellor 2006-09-16, Uppsala University will offer two-year Master programmes in biology, computer science, physics, earth science, sustainable development, chemistry, mathematics, computational science and applied biotechnology, all from 2007-07-01.

Aim

The Master Programme in Earth Science should result in the knowledge, skill and competence required for a qualified professional career in an international, diversified labour market or a PhD education. After the examination the student should be able to independently analyze problems, perform compilations and evaluations in her/his field of specialization (geology, hydrology, physical geography, paleobiology, sustainable and innovative natural resource management). The student should also have achieved a good understanding of applications in related fields of earth science.

Throughout the educational programme there is a systematic approach to training in communication skills. After completion of the programme a Masters degree is awarded, however there is also the possibility to take a one-year Masters degree.

Learning Outcomes

According to the Higher Education Act, the following applies for second-cycle studies:
Second-cycle studies shall be based fundamentally on the knowledge acquired by students during first-cycle courses and study programmes, or its equivalent.
Second-cycle studies shall involve the acquisition of specialist knowledge, aptitudes and accomplishments in relation to first-cycle courses and study programmes, and in addition to the requirements for first-cycle courses and study programmes shall:

  • further develop the ability of students to integrate and make autonomous use of their knowledge,
  • develop the students' ability to deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, and
  • develop the students' potential for professional activities that demand considerable autonomy, or for research and development work. Ordinance (2006:173).
Objectives for a Degree of Master (120 credits) according to the Higher Education Ordinance, System of Qualifications.

Knowledge and understanding
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in their main field of study, including both broad knowledge in the field and substantially deeper knowledge of certain parts of the field, together with deeper insight into current research and development work; and
  • demonstrate deeper methodological knowledge in their main field of study.

For the MSc in Earth Science knowledge and understanding includes:
  • considerable knowledge about the Earth systems and how they individually or jointly affect and change planet Earth
  • apply a multidisciplinary approach in issues of earth science by relating to knowledge and skills of adjacent fields such as chemistry, biology, mathematics/statistics and geophysics
  • independently apply her/his knowledge in research, development and investigation

Skills and abilities
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
  • demonstrate an ability to critically and systematically integrate knowledge and to analyse, assess and deal with complex phenomena, issues and situations, even when limited information is available;
  • demonstrate an ability to critically, independently and creatively identify and formulate issues and to plan and, using appropriate methods, carry out advanced tasks within specified time limits, so as to contribute to the development of knowledge and to evaluate this work;
  • demonstrate an ability to clearly present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments behind them, in dialogue with different groups, orally and in writing, in national and international contexts; and
  • demonstrate the skill required to participate in research and development work or to work independently in other advanced contexts.
For the MSc in Earth Science skills and abilities includes:
  • work on, plan and lead projects
  • take responsibility for scientific investigations and surveys concerning complex problems in earth science
  • critically examine, analyse and evaluate models and results in her/his professional field
  • advanced skills in computer software and in the interpretation of analytical results and field investigations
Judgement and approach
For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must
  • demonstrate an ability to make assessments in their main field of study, taking into account relevant scientific, social and ethical aspects, and demonstrate an awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work;
  • demonstrate insight into the potential and limitations of science, its role in society and people’s responsibility for how it is used; and
  • demonstrate an ability to identify their need of further knowledge and to take responsibility for developing their knowledge.
For the MSc in Earth Science judgement and approach includes:
  • independently applyher/his knowledge and skills from the perspective of sustainable development

Layout of the Programme

There are four specialisations in the programme:

• Geology
• Hydrology/Hydrogeology
• European Palaeobiology (Uppsala-Lille)
• Palaeobiology
• Physical Geography
• Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management

The first part of the first semester of the programme, offers common courses for all specialisations. The semester starts with a broad course that provides a depth of insight into earth systems and a course in applied GIS. The following courses provide training in among other aspects presentation and publication, analytical techniques and statistical analysis.

In semesters two and three core courses in the different specialisations are offered. The European palaeobiology specialisation is joint with the University of Lille 1, France. The first semester in this specialisation is given at Université Lille according to their programme syllabus. Semesters two and three are given at Uppsala Universitet together with the specialisation in palaeobiology. The final semester can be read at either Uppsala universitet or Université Lille.

The specialisation Sustainable and Innovative Natural Resource Management is a joint programme given by the University of Ghent, Belgium, Uppsala University and the University of Technology in Freiberg, Germany. The first semester is hosted by the University of Ghent, the second semester at Uppsala University and the summer semester at the University of Technology in Frieberg following the programme syllabus (http://studiegids.ugent.be/2016/EN/FACULTY/I/MABA/IMSINR/IMSINR.html). Semesters three and four can be chosen from the University of Ghent, Uppsala University or the University of Technology in Freiberg.

The final thesis is at least one semester (30 credits) and can be hosted by the department, a business, governmental or non- governmental organisation.

Instruction

Education in the Masters programme builds upon upon the prior knowledge and experience of the students. Students are expected to participate actively in their education and take responsibility for personal learning outcomes as well as contributing to the learning of others. Academic staff in the programme have the primary responsibility for establishing foundations for active individual and collective learning. Continuos educational development builds on a respectful dialogue between students and staff, through which everyone is empowered to contribute to educational evolution and mutual learning.

Field work is an important part of education in earth science. It can be physically demanding and often requires travel to locations outside Uppsala for several days or more.

Degree

Upon request, a student who has received a pass grade in a course is to receive a course certificate from the higher education institution. Upon request, a student who meets the requirements for a qualification is to receive a diploma from the higher education institution.

A Degree of Master is a so called general degree, which means that the student achieve the degree in its main subject according to the criteria below, regardless of the courses being part of the program or not, therefore there is a possibility also to include single subject courses in the degree.

Regulations according to Higher Education Ordinance
A Degree of Master (120 credits) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 120 higher education credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 60 higher education credits with in-depth studies in the main field of study. In addition, the student must hold a Degree of Bachelor, a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in…, a professional degree worth at least 180 higher education credits or an equivalent foreign qualification.

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 30 higher education credits in their main field of study, within the framework of the course requirements. The independent project may comprise less than 30 higher education credits, but not less than 15 higher education credits, if the student has already completed an independent project at the second level worth at least 15 higher education credits in their main field of study, or an equivalent project in a foreign educational programme.

A Degree of Master (60 credits) is obtained after the student has completed course requirements of 60 higher education credits with a certain area of specialisation determined by each higher education institution itself, including at least 30 higher education credits with in-depth studies in the main field of study. In addition, the student must hold a Degree of Bachelor, a Degree of Bachelor of Arts in…, a professional degree worth at least 180 higher education credits or an equivalent foreign qualification.

For a Degree of Master (60 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 15 higher education credits in their main field of study, within the framework of the course requirements.

Local regulations
A Degree of Master (60 credits) may, except for courses on advanced level, contain one or several courses on basic level comprising not more than 15 higher education credits. A degree of Master (120 credits) may, except for courses on advanced level, contain one or several courses on basic level comprising not more than 30 higher education credits. The course or the courses are meant to provide such additional competence as is needed for in-depth studies in the main field of study and cannot be included in the student’s basic degree.

For a Degree of Master (120 credits) students must have completed an independent project (degree project) worth at least 30 higher education credits.

Other Directives

Students who, outside the programme, have acquired equivalent qualifications corresponding to at least 15 credits on advanced level in addition to the degree at Bachelor’s level, may apply to be accepted to a later part of the programme. The application deadline is for the autumn term May 1 and for the spring term December 1.