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More than rocks
Mineral resources, climate change and processes shaping the earth are examples of possible focal areas in the two-year MSc in Geology programme at Aarhus University, taught at the Department of Geoscience. The programme is open to students from higher education institutions in Denmark and the rest of the world. A BSc degree in geoscience or geology or similar background gives access to the MSc programme on the basis of an individual assessment. English skills corresponding to a B-level are required.
The degree programme is flexible, and can be tailored to fit the academic interests of the individual student. The teaching is greatly influenced by research, and, as an MSc student, you will have excellent opportunities for working with researchers in the laboratory or in the field. Students also have the option of carrying out a project in collaboration with a private company. The MSc thesis written during the final year of the degree programme carries considerable weight, and in this context students benefit from the informal atmosphere between staff and students. When you write your thesis you have every chance of becoming connected with a group of researchers, so that you will have the opportunity to participate in the groups research projects, academic discussions and articles.
Geology graduates from Aarhus University find jobs in both private and public sectors, and over the last five years all graduates have found work. Private-sector opportunities include a wide range of jobs in industry or with environmental consulting companies, regional as well as international. North-western Europe (including Denmark) is fortunate enough to be one of the few oil-exporting regions in Europe, and there are therefore a number of positions in the oil industry within exploration and production. Geologists also participate in large building and road-construction projects, where they determine the best positioning in relation to geological conditions.
After completing just one year of your MSc in Geology programme, you may apply for admission to a four-year PhD programme. Alternatively, a three-year PhD programme can be initiated after completion of the MSc studies. A PhD in geology opens up even wider job opportunities, typically within research and development.
The MSc in Geology degree counts as 120 ECTS credits and mainly consists of subjects chosen within earth sciences such as glacial geology, sedimentology, climate and palaeoenvironments, hydrogeology and geochemistry. Teaching focuses on independent, critical thinking and collaboration and includes lectures as well as theoretical and practical exercises. Most geology students also spend a certain amount of time doing laboratory work and work related to field courses. As a student on the programme, you get to specialise by participating in course activities and projects and by writing a thesis. Students writing their thesis have the opportunity to specialise in a subject within a broad area, including one of the areas of geology in which Aarhus University is particularly strong:
- Quaternary geology
- Basin and lithosphere geology (oil geology)
- Micropalaeontology and climate research
As a geology student, you quickly enter into the team spirit at the Department of Geoscience in Aarhus. This strong sense of solidarity arises largely because you are brought together by the relatively small number of students in your year group and by going on field excursions.