MSc Geology Field and Methods Course 2018-2022

The following MSc Geology-Geoscience Field and Methods Courses will be offered in the period 2018-2020:

Period: 2019, academic year 2018-2019 block 3+4
Destination: Nha Trang, Vietnam
Theme: Global Plastic Hotspots; the course is a joint geography and geology course covering the societal, physical, chemical and biological drivers of plastic fate in a coastal environment.
Minimum and maximum number of students: 9-16
Responsible: Nicole Posth (geol), Thorbjørn Joest Andersen (geog), Marianne Nylandsted Larsen (geog)  

Period: 2019, academic year 2019-2020, block 1+2
Destination: Utah/Nevada, USA
Theme: Plutonic, volcanic, and sedimentary rocks in relation to the evolution of the Colorado Plateau
Minimum and maximum number of students: 9-16
Responsible: Christian J. Bjerrum, Tod Waight

Period: 2020, academic year 2019-2020, block 4+5
Destination: Greenland, Artic Station
Theme: Mapping of volcanic and sedimentary rocks, stratigraphic logs, strategies for sampling and making field observations
Minimum and maximum number of students: 9-12
Responsible: Kristoffer Szilas, Nicolas Thibault 

About MSc Geology Field and Methods Course

The fundamental goal of the course is to enable the student to independently organize and carry out larger-scale geological fieldwork and to be able to analyze, evaluate, document and communicate the results of a scientific study.

The course is designed as preparation for a Master’s thesis and therefore takes place during Master’s courses and prior to carrying out a Master’s thesis. In this course students will gain hands-on experience in a varied range of qualitative and quantitative methods that are considered to have a broad application in both research- and industry-related fields.

The course comprises three parts:

  • Block N: theoretical and methodological studies, classroom teaching and preparation for fieldwork
  • Between block N and N+1: 10 days of fieldwork
  • Block N+1: processing of data, report writing, possibly additional classroom teaching and an exam.

The course is generic in the sense that the description above is taylored to a range of geographical destinations shifting from one year to another where various teachers participates and various geological disciplines are in focus, e.g. sedimentology, palaeontologi, petrology, plate tectonics, etc.

It is only possible to take part in one Field and Methods course pr. student during the MSc programme.

Please note that prior to the formal course registration via the Self-Service the Department will arrange information meetings for students who are interested in this course.

Students shall pay for their own travel to and from the field-work area, as well as entry visa (if required), vaccinations (if required) and personal medicine (e.g.malaria medication) and 125 DKK per day for food and lodging. For outside DK destinations the students are required to take out a private illness and repatriation insurance covering the field period.