Mineralogy and Petrology

15 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1MP000

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, 26 September 2019
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

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. Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change, 10 credits, or Analytical Methods in Earth Science, 10 credits, and Exploration and Environmental Geophysics 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

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

* recognise the most important rock forming minerals from structural, chemical, physical and optical properties

* explain the principles of, and use mineralogical methods, microprobe analysis and optical mineralogy

* apply phase equilibria and the principles of thermobarometry to common mineral groups

* determine the evolution of rocks using petrographical, mineralogical and geochemical indices

* describe magmatic and metamorphic rocks from a plate tectonic point of view


Systematic mineralogy and mineral chemistry, including crystal-chemical structure and physical properties of different mineralogical groups. Classification of rocks and chemical principals of petrology. Magmatic and metamorphic petrology from a plate tectonic point of view. Exercises in analytical methodology, mineralogy and petrology, optical mineralogy, geochemical modelling 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 (5 credits), written exam with microscope component in igneous petrology (5 credits), written exam in metamorphic petrology (3 credits), written project work (2 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.