Geology, Biogeology - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
The programme covers a range of aspects of geology, for example palaeontology, evolutionary biology, sedimentology, marine geology, palaeoceanography, palaeoecology, palaeolimnology and palaeoenvironmental analysis techniques. It aims at providing students with a wide range of geological knowledge, exposure to areas at the cutting edge of research, and a thorough understanding of the practical applications of biogeology. Four 15-credit courses form the basis of the programme:
- Sedimentary Geology and Basin Analysis
- Palaeoecological Methods and Environmental Analysis
- Global and Regional Marine Geology
- Evolution of the Biosphere, Palaeoecology and Palaeontology
At admission to the programme You are automatically given admission to the first two courses. Normally you will also follow at least one of the other two courses, but it is also possible to combine courses in Biogeology with other courses at advanced level, for example in applied geology. Four courses are normally studied during the first year, and a 45-credit master´s degree project, combined with an elective course, is compulsory in the second year. The programme makes You eligible to research education, but it also provides You with sufficient knowledge and expertise for entry to a labour market where geological or geoscientific challenges form the central tasks. Admission to the programme requires a Bachelor’s degree in Geology or Earth Sciences with a geological specialisation. The education is provided in English.
One of many assets of the Master’s programme in geology at Lund University is the vast array of in-house research equipment that complements teaching at the Department of Geology. All students undertake their lectures and practical sessions in well-equipped lecture halls and teaching laboratories within the department building. Fieldwork is an essential part of the curriculum and there are excursions of between one day and one week. These are held at a variety of locations and are a major feature of the programme. In the final year students generally undertake a project in the field and in some of the many research laboratories at the department. Data handling and literature reviews are integrated parts of the project work, and students have access to all library resources at the department, which includes electronic journals.
The world will depend even more on geologists and their expertise in the future. Concern about global environmental change has never been greater, and the world´s population increases and makes greater demand on Earth’s limited resources. Graduates from our programme will obtain transferable and subject specific skills that are necessary for academic research or entry into various employment opportunities in private companies or governmental structures.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 16 October to 15 January.
Director of studies: Dan Hammarlund, +46 46 222 7985, dan [dot] hammarlund [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Bachelor s degree of at least 180 credits in geology or the equivalent. The degree must include at least 90 credits in geology. Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
based on grades awarded for previous academic courses and a statement of purpose for the application (from the applicant s Summary sheet ).
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
- Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
*Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se.
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' (PDF, new window) when you apply for this programme.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000
First payment: SEK 72 500
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada student finance