Glacial Landforms and Sediments

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
Offered by the The Faculty of Science at The Vice Chancellors Office
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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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Knowledge of how glacial landforms and sediments are formed can be used to understand how glaciers are affected by different climatic, geographic and temporal factors. This course provides the opportunity to deepen your knowledge in the field and to put theory into practice.

The course introduces basic glacial landforms processes, field mapping and also includes field components.


The course covers glacial landforms and sediments and glacial and paraglacial processes. The course also highlights processes in alpine glaciers and ice sheets and the connection to glacial landforms and sediments.

Field studies, cartography and field methods are used to investigate glacial landforms and sediments. The course also covers related areas such as Quaternary history, regional and global glacial history and paleoclimate. 
A major part of the course consists of and independent project work where landforms and sediments are investigated in the field or by remote sensing. 

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 consists of:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • project work
  • public presentations

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

Admission to the course requires 150 creditsin the main field of Earth Sciences, of which at least 15 credits from advanced courses at undergraduate level.


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 Sciences 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.