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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 spring semester 2015

Application deadline: 15 October 2014

Application for autumn semester 2015 opens in mid February 2015

Please see the How to apply page for instructions on how to proceed in order to apply to study at UNIS in spring 2015.

 

Bachelor courses

AB-202 Marine Arctic Biology 15 ECTS
AB-203 Arctic Environmental Management 15 ECTS

 

Master courses

AB-325 Biotelemetric Methods 10 ECTS
AB-329 Arctic Winter Ecology 10 ECTS
AB-333 Arctic Winter Limnology 10 ECTS
AB-334 Underwater Robotics and Polar Night Biology 10 ECTS
AB-337 Seminar series in Arctic Ecology 2 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AB-825 Biotelemetric Methods 10 ECTS
AB-829 Arctic Winter Ecology 10 ECTS
AB-833 Arctic Winter Limnology 10 ECTS
AB-834 Underwater Robotics and Polar Night Biology 10 ECTS
AB-837 Seminar series in Arctic Ecology 2 ECTS

 

 

Bachelor courses

AG-204 The Physical Geography of Svalbard 15 ECTS
AG-209 The Tectonic and Sedimentary History of Svalbard 15 ECTS

 

Master courses

AG-322 Fold and Thrust Belts and Foreland Basin Systems 10 ECTS
AG-325 Glaciology 10 ECTS
AG-330 Permafrost and Periglacial Environments 10 ECTS
AG-335 Arctic Seismic Exploration 10 ECTS
AG-342 The Marine Cryosphere and its Cenozoic History 10 ECTS
AG-346 Snow and Avalanche Dynamics 10 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AG-822 Fold and Thrust Belts and Foreland Basin Systems 10 ECTS
AG-825 Glaciology 10 ECTS
AG-830 Permafrost and Periglacial Environments 10 ECTS
AG-835 Arctic Seismic Exploration 10 ECTS
AG-842 The Marine Cryosphere and its Cenozoic History 10 ECTS

 

 

Bachelor courses

AGF-211 Air - Ice - Sea Interaction I 15 ECTS
AGF-212 Snow and Ice Processes 15 ECTS
AGF-216* The Stormy Sun and the Northern Lights* 5 ECTS

* = Interdisciplinary course

Master courses

AGF-301 The Upper Polar Atmosphere 15 ECTS
AGF-304 Radar Diagnostics of Space Plasma 15 ECTS
AGF-312 Remote Sensing of the Cryosphere 10 ECTS
AGF-352 Chemical Oceanography in the Arctic 10 ECTS

 

PhD courses

AGF-801 The Upper Polar Atmosphere 15 ECTS
AGF-804 Radar Diagnostics of Space Plasma 15 ECTS
AGF-852 Chemical Oceanography in the Arctic 10 ECTS

 

 

Bachelor courses

AT-205 Frozen Ground Engineering for Arctic Infrastructures 15 ECTS
AT-211 Ice Mechanics, Loads on Structures and Instrumentation 15 ECTS
AT-212 Rock Mechanics and Engineering Geology 15 ECTS

 

Master courses

AT-307F Arctic Offshore Engineering – Fieldwork 3 ECTS
AT-324 Techniques for the Detection of Organo-Chemical Pollutants in the Arctic Environment 10 ECTS
AT-329 Cold Regions Field Investigations 10 ECTS
AT-330 Arctic Environmental Toxicology 10 ECTS
AT-331 Arctic Environmental Pollution: Atmospheric Distribution and Processes 10 ECTS

 

In addition, it might be of interest to master students within technology to take this biology course:

AB-334 Underwater Robotics and Polar Night Biology 10 ECTS



PhD courses

AT-807F Arctic Offshore Engineering – Fieldwork 3 ECTS
AT-824 Techniques for the Detection of Organo-Chemical Pollutants in the Arctic Environment 10 ECTS
AT-830 Arctic Environmental Toxicology 10 ECTS
AT-831 Arctic Environmental Pollution: Atmospheric Distribution and Processes 10 ECTS

 

In addition, it might be of interest to PhD students within technology to take this biology course:

 

AB-834 Underwater Robotics and Polar Night Biology 10 ECTS

 

 

 


UNIS course catalgoue 2014-2015

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UNIS course catalogue for the 2014-2015 academic year.

 

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, such as Forskning.no.

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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