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

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-10-18
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Spring 2022
  • 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. 5 credits from an methods coursework, such as Analytical methods in earth science or Exploration and Environmental geophysics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Classify the most important rock forming minerals from structural, chemical, physical and optical properties
  • Apply polarized optical microscopy in studies on rocks and minerals toward their identification, characterization, and understanding in a geological context
  • Discuss the importance of minerals to society, interpret their properties with respect to exploration, mining, processing and technological and environmental applications
  • Apply phase equilibria modelling and the principles of thermobarometry to common mineral groups
  • Evaluate the origin and evolution of igneous and metamorphic rocks using petrography, mineralogy and geochemistry
  • Interpret and model mineralogical and geochemical data
  • Apply statistical tools to interpret provenance of sedimentary rocks


Systematic mineralogy and mineral chemistry, including crystal-chemical structure and physical properties of different mineralogical groups. Classification of rocks and chemical principals of petrology. Principles and examples of applied and environmental mineralogy. Igneous petrology and geochemistry from mantle sources to magma evolution and magma storage. Conventional and non-conventional geothermobarometry and phase equilibrium modelling to decipher evolutionary paths of metamorphic rocks. Igneous and metamorphic petrology from a plate tectonic perspective. Provenance analysis of sedimentary rocks based on geochronological datasets and inventory of accessory minerals. Exercises in analytical methodology, mineralogy and petrology, optical mineralogy, geochemical data including whole rock major and trace elements, isotope data and mineral chemistry data, geochemical modelling, statistical analysis of geochronological datasets 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 (3 credits), written exam in igneous petrology (3 credits), written exam in metamorphic petrology (3 credits), other course work including seminars, research debates, microscopy assignments and written project reports (6 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

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

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004

    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

  • Wilson, Marjorie Igneous petrogenesis

    Reprinted: Dordrecht: Springer, 2007

    Find in the library