Climate Change in an Earth System Perspective

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 16 000 SEK
First payment: 16 000 SEK

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

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The course Climate Change in an Earth System Perspective explores how the Earth system works and how it affects the global climate.

Particular focus will then be placed on the climate system and its ongoing and expected changes, meteorological processes, weather and how the ecosystem is linked to the climate system.


The course aims to provide basic knowledge of the Earth System focusing on the atmosphere and terrestrial biosphere as well as their interactions.

You will learn about composition, physical and chemical properties and active processes in the atmosphere.

In addition, the course aims to give a comprehensive introduction to environmental problems associated with atmospheric science, as well as an overview of historical climate changes.

The course is part of the Master’s Programme in Earth Sciences, the course is also offered as a freestanding course.

More information about the Master's programme in Earth Sciences.


The teaching includes:

  • lectures
  • literature seminars
  • practical exercises with different focused topics.

Language of instruction: English

The teaching is carried out by dedicated teachers who are researchers in the field. The course has a strong research and labour market connection, which you as a student will benefit from.

Prerequisites and selection

Entry requirements

60 ECTS credits in Earth Sciences alternatively, university studies of 180 credits in Science. Students with equivalent education can be allowed to enter the course.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

After graduation

If you study Earth Science, you have good career opportunities both in Sweden and abroad. You can choose to work in industry, as a consultant, project manager or in public administration.

Our former students work, for example, with natural resource management, environmental issues and urban planning, you also have great opportunities to focus on the particular area you are interested in.


The Department of Earth Sciences' premises are located in central Gothenburg on Campus Medicinareberget. We are located in the Natrium building, which was inaugurated in 2023 and has state-of-the-art labs and lecture halls. Natrium brings together students and researchers in the Natural Science fields of Biology, Molecular biology, Chemistry, Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Earth Sciences and Conservation.

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Exchange opportunities

If you are studying Earth Science at the University of Gothenburg, there are good opportunities for exchange studies during your studies. This is often seen as a good asset when applying for jobs, as many jobs require international collaboration. 

We have over 100 agreements within Erasmus and other exchange programs with universities around the world, both within and outside Europe.