Master's Programme in Glaciology and Polar Environments
This two year programme focuses on the cryosphere and cold environments. In this Masters we teach, visit and offer research projects in polar (and alpine) regions, focusing on how ice sheets and glaciers shape the landscape and how permafrost and snow affect ecosystems.
The waxing and waning of the large continental ice sheets is discussed in relation to the Quaternary glacial-interglacial cycles, based on landforms and glacial inversion models. Glacial mass balance methods and studies are presented in the context of climate change and global sea level rise. The role of permafrost in the functioning of arctic ecosystems is evaluated in terms of possible feedback mechanisms to the climate system, through changes in tundra carbon balance and surface hydrology.
The program is introduced with a two-weeks excursion to northern Fennoscandia (Sweden, Finland and Norway) with day-long hikes and lectures addressing the Quaternary climatic history, glacial and periglacial landforms, and environments of the northernmost region of the European continent.
In addition, unique opportunities for projects are provided by Tarfala Research Station in the Kebnekaise Massif of northern Sweden, which is run by our Department.
January 15 – Last date to apply for Master programmes for residents outside EU/EEA (December 1 - first date to apply) April 15 – Last date to apply for Master programmes for residents within EU/EEA Late August – Autumn term begins
Glaciology and Polar Environments