Marine Geoscience

Course content

Marine Geoscience is the integration of the disciplines of physical geography geomorphology, geology, geophysics and geobiochemistry. By applying a theoretical and practical approach, students will examine sedimentary and depositional transport processes and morphodynamics in shallow marine and near-coastal waters and formation of resulting submarine landforms. An important element of this interdisciplinary course is ship-based marine geoscientific field studies where students try basic as well as more advanced instrumentation, field measurements and data processing techniques.


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

Learning outcome


Marine geomorphology, marine stratigraphy, marine and nearshore depositional environments, stratigraphy and architecture of marine landforms, marine and nearshore geomicrobiology, dynamic measurements of water coulmn properties, marine and coastal sediment coring and surface sampeling techniques, shallow seismic techeniques and sub-bottom imaging, echo sounder measurements, data processing techniques.

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


- use research equipment such as seismic devices, eco-sounders, ADCPs, current meters and sediment sample and coring techniques etc. commonly applied in marine geoscience studies.

- apply basic and advanced data processing techniques for simple analysis of dynamic data.

- evaluate strength and weaknesses of different marine geoscientific techniques and their related uncertainties.


Analysis, evaluate, discuss and apply methods, data and results to draw meaningful conclusions related to sediment dynamics, stratigraphy, bottom morphology, evolution and depositional controls of shallow marine and near-coastal sedimentary environments.

Lectures, individual and group exercises, field studies, and report writing. It is an intensive 6-days course taking place as a summer-school course. The students are expected to be familiar with the theoretical parts before the field-based part of the course. Preparing for the course and report writing corresponds to a workload of 134 hours. During the field course, the average of 12 hours/day of teaching and practical work is expected.

See Absalon for a list of course literature.

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

A maximum of 16 students can be enrolled in the course. The course is designed to student following the specielisation in Physical Geography at the the Geography and Geoinformatic MSc Programme and relevant specielisations at the Geology-Geoscience MSc Programme.

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.  

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Type of assessment details
Written assignment to be handed in in week 34 in Digital Exam.
Exam registration requirements

Approved participation in the fieldwork. If the student does not take part in the fieldwork, the student cannot take part in the exam or re-exam and will have to re-take the course on next occasion.

All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.

If the exam registration requirement has not been fulfilled students must retake the course.

Re-examination is identical to the ordinary examination. A revised written assignment must be handed in in the re-exam week.

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Short courses / Summer school

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 134
  • Field Work
  • 72
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

The students pay for their own travel to and from the teaching location. In addition each student pay a course-fee of 120 DKK/day/student equalling 720 DKK covering food expenses and lodging.

The course duration is 6 days. The exact time of course is to be announced later but is likely to be held in late June and/or early July depending of the availability of the research vessel.
The number of places might be reduced if you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Mikkel Fruergaard   (3-7c78754f78767d3d7a843d737a)

Mikkel Fruergaard, Lars Ole Boldreel, Thorbjørn Joest Andersen, Aart Kroon & Nicole Posth

Saved on the 19-02-2024

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