Profile and Career - MSc in Geology-Geoscience – University of Copenhagen

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Profile and Career

The study is structured around four specialisations, each of which comprises a compulsory qualification profile course. The elective subjects include a number of specialist courses, a project course, a practical course and a field and method course. The thesis, which concludes the MSc programme, is an independent experimental, field-based or theoretical study within a clearly defined area of the geological fields of study.

Formation and evolution of the Earth, geological materials, processes and structures, and the study of the history of the Earth and of life on Earth within a temporal framework are the key subject areas of the programme.

During the two-year MSc programme, you will specialise in the area of geology that you find most interesting. Depending on your interests, your academic focus can vary, but may include:

  • Solving selected basic problems in the geological sciences - within a wide variety of disciplines and methods and with the world as your playing field.
  • Principles and methods in the exploration for and exploitation of raw materials: mineral raw materials, oil and gas.
  • Hydrogeology - groundwater exploration and exploitation, water supply, pollution prevention.
  • The origins, evolution and future of life; climate change.
  • Research in natural and industrial materials and their technological applications.

As a graduate student, you will specialise in an area of geology of your own choosing. The programme offers a high degree of freedom to choose among topics and courses, and within certain frameworks you can compose your course of study. You may also follow courses offered through other programmes, participate in conferences, study abroad and much more.

Competence Description

Through the MSc programme you will:

  • Gain broad knowledge of the main areas within geology and geoscience as well as obtain specialist knowledge within a specified area of the discipline.
  • Acquire experience working with geology in the field and the laboratory within a specified area of geology and geoscience.
  • Learn to analyse a geological problem, set up a working model, collect and analyse geological data and prepare a professionally sound and detailed scientific report (Master's thesis).
  • Achieve relevant skills within IT, dissemination and communication and learn to express yourself and communicate geological topics in both Danish and English.

Career opportunities

An MSc in Geology gives you a world of opportunities for employment with many interesting and different socially relevant assignments in Denmark and abroad. Most types of jobs involve fieldwork, analyses and the dissemination of findings.

Public sector jobs are typically in regional/municipal/public authorities, government research institutes like the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Risø National Laboratory and the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), or at universities and other institutions of higher education.

In industry, jobs are spread out across many different sectors. The largest private sector job sources are oil companies, construction companies and consulting engineering firms.

An increasing number of geologists from Denmark find work abroad in connection with environmental development work and consulting in the mining and oil industries, and at universities and other research institutions.

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