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GE491 Bachelor Thesis in Geology

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The thesis will be chosen together with the supervisor and will usually relate to projects and research, which the department is involved in, or to co-operations with external collaborators.

Learning Outcome


  • Students will know how to collect and interpret data and present and to discuss the results in a written report.
  • Students will have knowledge of what characterises scientific literature.



  • Students will be able to complete an independent project work
  • Students will be able to carry out data collection
  • Students will know how to conduct analysis and draw scientific conclusions
  • Students will be able to presents an independent piece of work both in writing and orally using necessary techniques
  • Students will be able to find scientific literature of high quality in national and international databases
  • Students will be able to use references, apply citation techniques and conduct source criticism

General qualifications

After successfully completing the bachelor thesis the candidate can carry out independent assessments and evaluate important geological issues. The candidate will know how to define aims and objectives, accurately describe methods, find and utilise scientific literature in a correct manner and will be able to provide a balanced presentation of the chosen topic. The candidate will know how to structure and present a scientific report and can communicate the main points of a scientific report in a clear and understandable way (written and orally).

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Students should have completed 90 ECTS credits courses within the bachelor programme in geology and geohazards or equivalent.

Teaching methods

Independent work with supervision from one or more teachers. It is preferable that 2 - 3 students write their thesis together.

Compulsory learning activities

Participation in a bachelor seminar in January.

Oral group-presentation of the thesis before delivery deadline.


Bachelor's Thesis

Grading: A-F

Course reductions

  • GE491 - Bacheloroppgåve i anvendt geologi - Reduction: 20 studypoints