Quaternary Development and Paleoclimate

Master’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 15 500 SEK
First payment: 15 500 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 14 July 2023.


Can periods of past climate change tell us something about the climate change we facing today?

The Quaternary Development and Paleoclimate course studies climate change from a historical and interdisciplinary approach and provides in-depth knowledge in paleclimate and Quaternary geology.


The aim of the course is to provide in-depth historical and interdisciplinary knowledge of climate development of the evolution of climate and knowledge of Quaternary geology. 

The course consists of two modules:

Module 1, Theory:

Focus on in-depth knowledge of past climate change and underlying mechanisms. 

Critical review of indicators used to interpret and understand climate and focus on periods of past climate, e.g. the Bølling Warm Period, the Younger Dry Period, 8.2 ka and the Medieval/Little Ice Age (MCA/LIA) transition. Societal changes during the Holocene.

Module 2, Group assignment:

The students will work in groups on plaeoclimate data for analysis. The results will be presenter orally at a seminar and in a written report. 

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


The teaching consist of:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Exercises
  • Computer exercises
  • Reports
  • Presentations

Language of instruction: English

Prerequisites and selection


120 credits within the main subject Earth Sciences.


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.

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.