Mineralogy and Petrology

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MP000

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Earth Science A1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 6 November 2007
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 ECTS credits including minimum 90 ECTS credits in Earth Science alternatively 90 ECTS credits in Physics combined with 30 ECTS credits in Physics (Geophysics). In addition knowledge and skill corresponding to Dynamical Earth Systems – Global Change 10 ECTS and Analytical Methods in Earth Science.

Learning outcomes

After the course, students should be able to

  • demonstrate systematically relationships between structure and chemical and physical properties of different minerals and mineralogical groups
  • understand and use mineralogical analytical methods, such as X-ray diffraction, microprobe analysis, optical mineralogy and scanning electron microscopy
  • calculate petrological phase equilibria from thermodynamic principles
  • determine type and evolution of rock using petrographic microscope
  • understand and describe magmatic and metamorphic petrology from a plate-tectonic point of view.


Systematic mineralogy and mineral chemistry, including crystal-chemical structure and physical properties of different mineralogical groups. Analytical methodology and exercises in mineralogy, including X-ray diffraction, microprobe analysis, optical mineralogy and scanning electron microscopy. Determination of petrological phase equilibria in melts and solid phases using numerical exercises in thermodynamics. Exercises in petrographic microscopy. Magmatic and metamorphic petrology from a plate-tectonics point of view.


Lectures, laboratory experiments, individual projects, seminars and field course. Participation in lectures, seminars and practicals is compulsory.


Examination during the course and at the end of the course. Moreover, the compulsory field course, laboratory work, project work and seminars must also be approved. Possible course grades are U (failed), 3, 4 or 5. A student who fails may try again in the beginning of the spring semester.

Examination: Mineralogy 6 ECTS-credits and Petrology 9 ECTS-credits.