Physical Geography

A graduate in Physical Geography has the competences to work at a high scientific and application-oriented level with state-of-the-art knowledge on geomorphology processes, soils and fluvial, marine and estuarine landforms in light of climate change, lands use change and pollutants.

Knowledge about:

  • The physical processes of ecosystems with relation to exchange of energy, water and carbon.
  • Advanced theoretical background and up-to-date research on selected topics in Arctic,
  • Danish and tropical ecosystems with focus on soils, vegetation and changing land use.
  • The interplay between atmospheric circulation and radiation/energy balance and correlation with the global climate and hydrology.
  • The application of global climate models to spatio-temporal variations in the global climate.
  • Major fluvial and estuarine landforms and their genesis, and their potential use as archives of environmental change.
  • Methods and equipment used in the study of fluvial, estuarine and marine environments the potential effect of sea-level and climate change on landscape processes and geomorphology

Skills in/to:

  • Identify and apply appropriate methods for assessing chemical and physical processes in soil related to climate change, changing land use and pollution
  • Identify and describe key factors that control a range of biogeochemical processes and net effects in terms of the environmental impact of pollutants and greenhouse gases
  • Assess the relationship between terrestrial ecosystems and global climate systems contextualized via historical and present-day perspectives and across a range of temporal and spatial scales – from seconds to millennia and from stomata to continents
  • Assess how models at different scales and databases can be used to enhance our understanding of present and historical climate and predict future development in climatic trends.
  • Design and carry out studies and research projects within the fields of geomorphology, sediment transport and landscape processes
  • Review a scientific subject on the basis of original scientific literature.
  • Communicate results of research and projects orally and in writing.

Competences in/to:

  • Explain the role of soils in an environmental context, with a special emphasis on climate change, changing land use, carbon cycles and pollution.
  • Explain the relationship between climate, ecosystems and land-use in different climate zones.
  • Sediment transport in fluvial, estuarine and marine environments
  • Field methods used in studies of sediment transport in the fluvial, estuarine and marine

The programme can be structured in two ways, depending on the size of your thesis (45 or 60 ECTS):

Programme structure (thesis: 45 ECTS)

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 45 ECTS – see list of courses below
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 45 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Ecosystems, Climate and Climate Change Fluvial and Estuarine Geoscience
Year 2 Thesis

Programme structure (thesis: 60 ECTS)

Compulsory courses: 15 ECTS
Restricted elective courses: 30 ECTS – see list of courses below
Elective courses: 15 ECTS
Thesis: 60 ECTS

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Ecosystems, Climate and Climate Change Fluvial and Estuarine Geoscience
Year 2 Thesis

 

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective courses
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.

You are obliged to choose courses worth at least 15 ECTS from this list:

Choose your remaining courses from this list: