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About us

Department of Geology

Department of Geology at Lund is a vibrant workplace and melting pot of broad geoscientific research and teaching at the university's most research-intensive faculty. We study our planet's structure and history, and have the entire globe as a workplace. The business has a strong international character. Our teachers and researchers are experts in the processes and materials that built and still builds our planet. We work in a variety of geoscientific disciplines such as geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, tectonics, sedimentology, paleontology, molecular paleobiology, glacial geology, marine geology and applied geology. Our laboratory infrastructure is well developed with a number of laboratories in the national interest. All the researchers at the department are working in international networks and publish their results in international journals.

The Department consists of two parts, Bedrock Geology and Quaternary Sciences, with considerable overlap in scientific questions. Bedrock geology focuses on the bedrock formation and composition and seeks to understand and explain the processes in the Earth's interior, the crust and the earth's surface. The researchers in the department are studying the continents' movement and the rise of mountain ranges and development of sedimentary basins, and conducts research on the development and the mass extinctions that occurred in Earth history. Quaternary geology focuses on the Earth's youngest history and the loose deposits, especially with regard to the process of interpretation, climate change and the last ice age glacials and interglacials. This department also conducted significant research on contemporary environmental problems in marine environments as well as in the Baltic Sea. Together, our two departments work within eight overall research themes.

The Department offers both a Bachelor's degree (180 credits) and a Master's program (120 credits) in geology. The programs, which have received the highest rating in national assessments, are closely related to the research at the department since all our teachers are also active researchers. Several of our teachers have been awarded prices and an important part of the training consists of excursions and field teaching. Our students are attractive on the labor market and work mainly in companies or municipalities with issues related to bedrock and soils and groundwater, often with clear environmental focus. Our graduate studies are shared with the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis. Around 30 PhD students are attached to the Department of Geology.

The teachers and researchers in our department are surrounded by excellent infrastructure and professional employees in several support functions. These features include an office, geolibrary, IT-department, student management, laboratory assistants and janitors. We are careful with our values ​​and share together the mission to perform research and education of the highest international class.

Whether you are interested in our undergraduate, graduate or our research, we hope that you look through our website to learn more about the Department of Geology in Lund!