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Marine Geology and Environmental Change,15 ECTS credits

Do you want to learn more about the oceans, how they function today and how they functioned in the past? Then this course is for you. It is at advanced level and focuses initially on circulation patterns in the oceans, marine sedimentation processes and depositional environments, nutrient cycles, marine life habitats and ecosystems. Thereafter we study how the oceans developed over time scales of millions of years and how we can use marine sediments for studies of past climatic and environmental changes. The second half of the course has a regional focus and includes an expedition with a research vessel to the Swedish west coast or the Baltic Sea where we sample sediments that we then analyse in our laboratories. The results from the expedition are presented in a project report and the course is concluded with a written exam.

Pictures from life on-board research vessels r/v Endeavor and r/v Ocean Surveyor.
Pictures from life on-board research vessels r/v Endeavor and r/v Ocean Surveyor.

General information

This is an elective course at advanced level, suitable for inclusion in a MSc. degree in geology. The course is taught during the first half of the spring term.


Period: Spring semester, first part (VT1), full time studies
Admission requirements: Minimum 90 ECTS credits in Geology or Earth Sciences, including GEOB21-GEOB25, GEOB01-GEOB04 or equivalent, or 90 ECTS credits in Physical Geography, Environmental Science or Biology with aquatic orientation. English B (advanced) proficiency.

Application - Non-exchange students
Application - Exchange students

Student Counsellor

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


Course coordinator


Helena Filipsson
Helena Filipsson, foto Erik Thor


Helena Filipsson


Alive foraminifera from Skagerrak's sea floor.
Alive foraminifera from Skagerrak's sea floor.