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Introduction - Studies in Svalbard

UNIS offers courses at the Bachelor-, Master- and PhD level in four fields:
Arctic Biology (AB), Arctic Geology (AG), Arctic Geophysics (AGF) and Arctic Technology (AT).

Full semester studies are available at the bachelor level (200-level). At the master and PhD level (300 and 800-level) UNIS offers shorter and more intensive courses spanning from a few weeks up to a semester. Read more about the course levels further down the page.

Courses 2014-2015

For an overview of all the courses offered in the academic year 2014-15, please see:

UNIS course catalgoue 2014-2015

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UNIS course catalogue for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Courses autumn semester 2014

Application deadline: 15. April 2014

Please see the How to apply page for instructions on how to proceed in order to study at UNIS in autumn 2014.

Bachelor courses

AB-201 Terrestrial Arctic Biology 15 ECTS
AB-202 Marine Arctic Biology 15 ECTS
AB-206 Introduction to Svalbard’s terrestrial flora and fauna 5 ECTS

 

Master courses

AB-320 Arctic Marine Zooplankton 10 ECTS
AB-322 Flux of Matter and Energy from Sea to Land 10 ECTS
AB-327 Arctic Microbiology 10 ECTS
AB-332 Arctic Marine Molecular Ecology 10 ECTS
AB-335 Ecosystem-based Management of Arctic Marine Systems 10 ECTS
AB-336 Arctic Mycology 10 ECTS
AB-337 Seminar series in Arctic Ecology 2 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AB-820 Arctic Marine Zooplankton 10 ECTS
AB-827 Arctic Microbiology 10 ECTS
AB-832 Arctic Marine Molecular Ecology 10 ECTS
AB-836 Arctic Mycology 10 ECTS
AB-837 Seminar series in Arctic Ecology 2 ECTS

 

 

Bachelor courses

AG-210 The Quaternary and Glacial Geology of Svalbard 15 ECTS
AG-211 Arctic Marine Geology 15 ECTS
AG-218 International Bachelor Permafrost Summer Field School 10 ECTS
AG-219 International Bachelor Permafrost Summer Field School 5 ECTS

 

Master courses

AG-323 Sequence Stratigraphy - A Tool for Basin Analysis 10 ECTS
AG-326 Quaternary Glacial and Climate History of the Arctic 10 ECTS
AG-332 Arctic Late Quaternary Glacial Stratigraphy – Field School 10 ECTS
AG-334 Arctic Basins and Petroleum Provinces 10 ECTS
AG-338 Sedimentology field course - from Depositional Systems to Sedimentary Architecture 10 ECTS
AG-340 Arctic Glaciers and Melt Season Dynamics 10 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AG-823 Sequence Stratigraphy - A Tool for Basin Analysis 10 ECTS
AG-826 Quaternary Glacial and Climate History of the Arctic 10 ECTS
AG-832 Arctic Late Quaternary Glacial Stratigraphy – Field School 10 ECTS
AG-834 Arctic Basins and Petroleum Provinces 10 ECTS
AG-838 Sedimentology field course - from Depositional Systems to Sedimentary Architecture 10 ECTS
AG-844 Dynamics of Calving Glaciers 5 ECTS

 

 

Bachelor courses

AGF-210 The Middle Polar Atmosphere 15 ECTS
AGF-213 Polar Meteorology and Climate 15 ECTS
AGF-214 Polar Ocean Climate 15 ECTS

 

Master courses

AGF-311 Air-Ice-Sea Interaction II 10 ECTS
AGF-345 Polar Magnetospheric Substorms 10 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AGF-811 Air-Ice-Sea Interaction II 10 ECTS
AGF-845 Polar Magnetospheric Substorms 10 ECTS

 

 

Bachelor courses

AT-209* Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change 15 ECTS
AT-210* Arctic Environmental Pollution 15 ECTS

* = Interdisciplinary course

 

Master courses

AT-301 Arctic Infrastructures in a Changing Climate 10 ECTS
AT-314 Advanced Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology 10 ECTS
AT-327 Arctic Offshore Engineering 10 ECTS
AT-332 Physical Environmental Loads on Arctic Coastal and
Offshore Structures
10 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AT-801 Arctic Infrastructures in a Changing Climate 10 ECTS
AT-814 Advanced Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology 10 ECTS
AT-827 Arctic Offshore Engineering 10 ECTS
AT-832 Physical Environmental Loads on Arctic Coastal and
Offshore Structures
10 ECTS

 

 


 

Bachelor courses
Bachelor courses at UNIS are defined as 200-level courses. The undergraduate courses require 60 ECTS from relevant studies at university level.


Interdisciplinary courses
UNIS offers some interdisciplinary courses each semester. Students applying for undergraduate courses in their main discipline may apply for these courses as long as they fulfill the prerequisites in one discipline offered at UNIS. The interdisciplinary courses offered are marked by an asterisk.

Master courses
The 300-level courses are for master students. Students must apply for each course separately.

PhD courses
The 800-level courses are for PhD students. Students must apply for each course separately.

Note: A student who has been accepted as a Master or PhD student at his/her home educational institution may carry out parts of his/her Master or PhD at UNIS. This requires a separate application and an academic contact person at UNIS. Admission guidelines are found here

PhD positions
UNIS offers PhD positions in cooperation with the Norwegian mainland universities. These positions are announced on the UNIS web page and in relevant media.

Field- and lab work

All fieldwork, excursions and laboratory assignments at UNIS are obligatory.


Academic Expenses
There is no tuition fee at UNIS, but in order to do a course at UNIS all students need to pay a semester fee of NOK 500 (ca. EUR 65). Students already immatriculated at a Norwegian institution will receive the semester fee bill from their home institution, whereas new students need to contact the Study Administration at UNIS directly after their arrival to pick up a bill for the semester fee.

For students partaking in a scientific cruise or excursion which lasts overnight, there is a fee of NOK 200 per day for food.

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A polar bear investigates UNIS scientific equipment in the Fram Strait. (Photo: Kristine Tjåland Braut).

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