Regional Geology

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MP006

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
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, 21 March 2013
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits including minimum 90 credits in Earth sciences, alternatively 90 credits in Physics combined with 30 credits in Earth sciences. In addition knowledge and skills corresponding to Mineralogy and Petrology 15 credits is needed.

Learning outcomes

After taking this course, the student should be able to

  • Describe the geological evolution of Fennoscandinavia and draw comparisons to modern analogues
  • Identify paragenetic mineral assemblages and evaluate metamorphic geological evolution
  • Interpret geochemical and isotopic data and make critical evaluation
  • Construct geochemical and thermodynamic models


The main emphasis will be ancient and current accretionary and collisional orogens as well as (paleo-)ocean opening processes. Well studied orogens in Fennoscandinavia like the Svecofennian/Svecokarelian and Caledonian will be compared with on-going orogens such as the Andean, New Zealand, Himalayan that represent current analogues of accretionary and collisional orogens. The course will present the geological evolution of Fennoscandinavia and Iceland, the role of metamorphism, the influence of orogenic processes for ore formation, as well as recent progress in geochronology. The practical exercises will be focused on metamorphic petrography, micro-structure analysis, geochemical and thermodynamic modelling including thermobarometry and geochronology.

This course includes subject specific training in communication through feedback and self-evaluation.


Lectures, seminars, group work, practical and computer exercises and project work. Participation in group work, exercises, project work and seminars and related lectures is compulsory.


The examination is divided into written examination 6 credits, active seminar participation, and oral and written presentations of project work 4 credits.