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Chemical Dynamics in the Sea

Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 29 750 SEK
First payment: 29 750 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 15 December 2020.


The course covers the extensive interactions between chemical, biological and geological processes in the ocean and its margins. Within this framework, the course focuses on the theory, practice and applications of marine chemistry. The major part of the course centers on planning, executing and reporting an expedition on the University´s new research vessel. This involves both group and individual projects assignments.

Background to this project work is provided in the form of lectures covering the analytical challenges facing marine chemists, together with an overview of key chemical processes in coastal systems. The role of marine chemistry in current global research projects is also presented.

  • Lectures: analytical methods for marine chemistry, standards and traceability, marine pollution, marine organic matter, metal speciation and pelagic and benthic processes, the role of marine chemistry in Future Earth projects and other global projects.
  • Individual projects: (the main part of the course) are centered around the Skagerak expedition.

Prerequisites and selection


A Bachelor's degree (180 credits) in marine sciences or other relevant natural science subject at an accredited University. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.


The Gothenburg region offers proximity to a wide range of marine environments and our facilities include research stations and vessels.

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