In many places in the world, we experience rapid environmental change. In the Master’s Program in Polar Landscape and Quaternary Climate, you get knowledge and skills necessary for the understanding and analysis of polar and alpine landscapes. You get insights into how they have changed on different time scales, linked to climate variations during the Quaternary period.

Climate change is particularly rapid in the glacial and periglacial landscapes of polar and alpine regions. The program will provide you with knowledge about the global climate system’s functioning and about methods used to reconstruct climate and environmental change. In addition, human and natural causes of climate change are presented and discussed.

Programme structure

The first semester starts with two mandatory courses. Here you acquire in-depth knowledge of climate and environmental change, geomorphology, and glaciology. You learn how to analyze and interpret landscape and climate change, and you focus on dating methods, presentation techniques, and scientific publishing. The first course starts with an excursion to northern Scandinavia, dealing with Quaternary climate history, glacial and periglacial landforms, and sub-Arctic and Arctic environments.

During the second and third semesters, you will focus on courses based on research for which we are internationally competitive. Examples are courses in climate modeling, bio- and lithostratigraphy, palaeoglaciology, and permafrost, but there is a wide range of elective and optional courses also in other subjects, such as GIS and remote sensing and hydrology. A large part of the teaching is conducted in the field and in the laboratory. Our teachers are active researchers, providing direct contact with ongoing research. The second year ends with a thesis, which is generally linked to an ongoing research project. Unique opportunities for Master thesis projects are available at our alpine research station located in Tarfala, Kebnekaise, or at our research station, Navarino Environmental Observatory in Greece.

Career prospects

The program gives you skills and tools that make you attractive in the labor market, and it also prepares you for a career in research. Today, former students work in consultancies and various government and regional authorities. Many have moved on to doctoral education both in Sweden and abroad.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

Bachelor's degree with at least 90 higher education credits (ECTS credits) in Geoscience or Geography or equivalent subject in Science. Swedish upper secondary school courses English B/English 6 or equivalent. Mathematics C/3b/3c or at least 7.5 ECTS credits Mathematics/Statistics or equivalent.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

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Last updated January 31, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2, 2019
2 years
Total tuition fee: 280, 000 SEK; EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay fees
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