MSc in Exploration and Environmental Geosciences

General

Program Description

This program will provide the students with cutting edge knowledge in exploration and mining geology used by earth scientists active in the exploration and mining of metals and minerals.

The program covers aspects necessary for an environmentally aware geoscientist. The teaching is in English and the program offers two specializations for the students; exploration and environmental geosciences. Luleå University of Technology is the northernmost technical university in Scandinavia. It is located 100 km south of the Arctic Circle at the Gulf of Bothnia which is a part of the Baltic Sea. The location gives you an unprecedented opportunity to experience the Nordic milieu with its contrasts between the gleaming winter, and the warm, sunny summer – the land of the eight seasons.

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Specializations

Exploration Geosciences
  • This specialization includes ore geology, geophysical and petrophysical exploration methods, mineral economy and deposit evaluation. Are you interested in the global competition for securing the world’s demand for metals and non-metallic resources? Would you like to work outdoor in remote areas? Then this is the choice you should make.
Environmental Geosciences
  • This specialization includes environmental geochemistry, environmental monitoring and geochemical modeling among other courses. If you want to understand how geology and the environment are linked together, how nature responds to natural and anthropogenic chemical compounds, how we monitor and remediate metal pollutions, then this is the choice you should make!

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Labor Market

The master program provides skills for work as a geologist/geophysicist in the exploration and mining industry or works as a geoscientist with an environmental focus. We have networks all around the world which may offer possibilities for international MSc thesis work. If you want to pursue an academic carrier within exploration and environmental geosciences LTU is an excellent starting point.

Application

Entry Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree of minimum 180 ECTS with at least 60 ECTS in the area of natural resource technology, geology or geoscience.
  • Documented skills in the English language.
English Language Requirements
  • The English language requirements for courses and programs are equivalent to English 6/English Course B.

You can demonstrate that you meet the English language requirement through:

  • Certain upper secondary (high school) studies,
  • Certain university studies,
  • Or an internationally recognized English test.
Selection
  • The selection procedure is based on academic qualifications, quality, and quantity aspects.

Compulsory Courses

Program Content and Structure

For a Master of Science degree in Geosciences, with specialization in ore geology and environmental geochemistry, is required:

For Students Admitted 2016 and onwards:

  • 90 Credits advanced courses in the main field Geosciences.
  • Master Thesis project (30 credits) at the advanced level in the main field.

For Students Admitted before 2016:

  • 82.5 credits advanced courses in the main field Geosciences.
  • 7.5 credits optional courses
  • Master Thesis project (30 credits) at the advanced level in the main field.

Students admitted between years of 2007 and 2010 can apply for a Master of Sciences degree in Natural Resources Engineering OR a Master of Science in Geosciences.

Students admitted 2011 and onwards can apply for a Master of Science degree in Geosciences.

Swedish for beginners is offered to overseas students. The course is not included in the degree and is read in addition to the obligatory courses.

Credits

The program requires 120 Credits.

Degrees
  • Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) - Major; Natural Resources Engineering
  • Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) - Major; Geosciences
Compulsory Courses

Compulsory Courses: 97.5 Credits

Code Course Credit Level Comment
L7016K Mine Waste 7,5 Second level
L7017K Geochemical Exploration 7,5 Second level
L7020K Isotope Geochemistry 7,5 Second level
L7021K Freshwater Geochemistry 7,5 Second level
L7026K Sampling and Evaluation of Environmental Data 7,5 Second level
O7007K Exploration and Environmental Geophysics 7,5 Second level
O7008K Quantitative Interpretation of Geophysical Data 7,5 Second level
O7021K GIS in Geoscience 7,5 Second level
O7022K Mining Geology 7,5 Second level
X7001K Degree project in Exploration and Environmental Engineering, Master 30,0 Second level
Course Offered outside the Obligatory Courses - not Compulsory - For non-Scandinavian Students
Code Course Credit Level Comment
S0046P Swedish for International Students 1 3,0 First level Selectable
Specialization: Environmental Geochemistry

Compulsory Courses: 22.5 Credits

Code Course Credit Level Comment
G7012B Geohydrology 7,5 Second level
L7013K Geochemical Modelling 7,5 Second level
L7022K Senior Design Project in Applied Geology 7,5 Second level
Specialization: Ore Geology

Compulsory Courses: 22.5 Credits

Code Course Credit Level Comment
O7009K Ore Genetic Models 7,5 Second level
O7016K Senior Design Project in Ore Geology 7,5 Second level
O7018K Exploration 7,5 Second level

International Cooperation

Luleå University of Technology has an established cooperation with a number of universities, regarding exchange semesters. You can read more about this here: http://www.explore.agh.edu.pl/

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Last updated November 2019

About the School

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