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Magmatic petrology, Geochemistry and Geochronology,15 ECTS credits

Planet Earth was formed 4,560 Ma and its differentiation into crust, mantle and core occurred shortly thereafter. Continuous magmatism in various plate tectonic settings, in combination with processes related to melting and magma differentiation, has led to the wide spectra of igneous rock distinctive of Earth’s crust. We learn to use phase equilibria and geochemical-isotopical characteristics of igneous rocks to achieve a deep understanding of these processes in different tectonic environments. We also learn the principles for absolute dating of minerals and rocks. In addition to lectures, exercises in microscopy, geochronology, chemical calculations and seminars will be undertaken. The course ends with an excursion to Tenerife for studying volcanic and igneous rocks in an active tectonic setting.


In the field we will study rocks and discuss their petrology. The impresseive McKenzie dyke swarm of Canada, which originated from a mantle plume 1275 Ma ago

General information

This is an elective course at advanced level, suitable for inclusion in a MSc. degree in geology. If you apply for, and is given admission to, the Master´s programme in geology with a specialisation in bedrock geology (NAGEL BERG) you will automatically be admitted to GEOM11 during the second half of your first study term. The course is taught during the second half of the autumn term.


Period: Autumn semester, second part (HT2), full time studies
Admission requirements: Minimum 90 ECTS credits in Geology or Earth Sciences, including GEOB21-GEOB25, GEOB01-GEOB04 or equivalent. English B (advanced) proficiency.

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Student Counsellor

Karl Ljung
studievagledare [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se (studievagledare[at]geol[dot]lu[dot]se)


Course syllabus (pdf, new tab)
Literature (pdf, new tab)
Course schedule - Note that schedules are only preliminary until one month before course start.
Course evaluation and analysis (pdf, new tab)

Course coordinator


We use phase diagrams to understand melting and crystallisation of rocks
We use phase diagrams to understand melting and crystallisation of rocks