Marine Geoscience

Course content

The purpose of this course is to provide the student an understanding of marine sedimentary and depositional processes, marine transport processes and morphodynamics in shallow and deep water, marine environment and climate relations, palaeoceanography and practical experience in marine research methods, focusing on the Quaternary, Holocene and recent environments and deposits.  An important element of the course is the interdisciplinary approach combining geophysics (seismics and other acoustic methods), geomorphology, sedimentary studies and micropalaeontology (especially foraminifera). Another crucial aspect is the combination of theoretical and practical work, incl. active offshore marine geoscience fieldwork.

This theoretical and practical course in marine geoscience focusing on sedimentary and depositional processes linked to ocean currents and shallow-water coastal processes. The course will combine the use of acoustic methods (incl. seismics, multibeam imaging, subbottom profiling and ADCP) and investigation of marine sediment cores.

The course is a compact course taking place on a field station as well as in the field. As part of the course, the students will partake in geomorphological field work in the shallow-marine/coastal region as well as on board a sea-going research vessel.


MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome


Ability to assess issues related to the management of marine arears as well being trained in the ability to analyse specific problems and scientific relations related to dynamics, sedimentary environments, bottom morphology and stratigraphy in the marine environment.


Knowledge of how marine geoscience instruments such as seismic devices, multibeams, ADCPs etc. functions, and training in handling algorithms related to assessing results coming from such devises as well as results based on lab analysis of collected samples.


The course is focused on giving the student an overall ability to collect marine geoscience data, be able to sort, ennoble and evaluate the data into a final result, and use this for drawing meaningful conclusions related to dynamics, sedimentary environments, bottom morphology and stratigraphy in marine environments. 

Lectures, individual and group exercises, field work on board R/V Aurora, and a written report to be handed in 4 weeks after the course. It is an intensive course of one week duration taking place as a summer school course. The students are expected to be familiar with the theoretical parts before the course, corresponding to a work load of 11.5 hours. During the 7-day resential course, the average of 12 hours/day of teaching and practicals is expected. The report is expected to have a work load of 42 hours.

Please see the Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics, Geology-Geoscience or equivalent is recommended.

The students pay for their own travel to and from the teaching location as well as for food. The expenses for lodging will be provided by the university. The students will pay a course-fee of 800 kr.

This course is carried out in cooperation with the Institute for Geoscience at Aarhus University. It is unique in the sense that this is the only Geoscience course in Denmark making use of a modern state of the art equipped research vessel : “R/V Aurora”. In 2019 the target area will be Aarhus Bugt.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)

After the marks (passed or not passed) have been given, the students are encouraged to contact the course teachers and get a more thorough individual assessment.  

Type of assessment
Written assignment, 4 weeks after the resential course
Written assignment with a deadline for handing-in report 4 weeks after completion of the 7 days residential course.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes

Short courses / Summer school

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Excursions
  • 66
  • Theory exercises
  • 18
  • Preparation
  • 11
  • Exam
  • 42
  • English
  • 137


Course number
Programme level
Full Degree Master
The course duration is 8 days and will be carried out from Sunday to Saturday in the first week of July. The maximum number of students is 24 (ideally 12 from KU and 12 from Aau, but flexible dependent of applicants).
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Jesper Bartholdy   (2-6c64426b6970306d7730666d)

Jesper Bartholdy, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrandz, Lars Ole Boldreel, Verner Brandbyge Ernstsen, Jørn Bo Jensen, Ole Rønø Clausen and others

Saved on the 12-06-2019

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