Persons hiking in winter, Trollsteinen outside Longyearbyen. Photo: Njål Gulbrandsen
Students hiking to Trollsteinen in October. Photo: Njål Gulbrandsen

Spending parts of your Bachelor/Master/PhD studies at UNIS?

A student who has been accepted or will be accepted into a Bachelor, Master, or PhD programme at his/her home educational institution may apply to complete (parts of) the study (fieldwork/thesis) at UNIS. This requires an UNIS supervisor and a separate application to UNIS (see application form at the bottom of the page).


Available Guest Master student opportunities

Below is a list of available Master projects – if interested please feel free to contact the academic staff listed. The application form can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.

Arctic Biology Master projects:

Topic UNIS supervisor
Will Calanus finmarchicus outcompete C. glacialis in a future warmer Arctic? Professor Janne Søreide
Pseudocalanus complex in the high-Arctic: species composition and population dynamics Professor Janne Søreide


Arctic Technology Bachelor/Master projects:

The Arctic contains large quantities of biological and mineral resources of great commercial and scientific value. Sustainable industrial development and exploitation of biological and mineral resources requires tailored technology and expert knowledge of the region. Arctic technology involves upgrading of well proven technology to suit the Arctic climate or the development of completely different and specialized technology especially adapted to the harsh environmental conditions.

Topic UNIS supervisor
Measuring and modelling precipitation to improve natural hazard management in Longyearbyen (PDF) Post doc Siiri Wickström
Pile design in degrading and warming permafrost Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Foundations on the artificially cooling plates Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Surface technologies in the Arctic, icing and robustness Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Storing thermal heat and extracting ground heat in the Arctic Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Integrated energy systems and intelligent energy use in the Arctic Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Solar panel parks, snow drift and energy production Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Snow pressure investigations, snow/water slush flows, protection structures, etc. Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Coastal erosion processes Associate professor Aleksey Sheshtov
Groundwater migration in porous media (granular material) under the influence of cyclic changes of the pore pressure: experiments at UNIS wave tank, processing of field data collected in Longyearbyen and modeling Professor Aleksey Marchenko
Thermal expansion of ice and frozen soil and creep of structures: experiments at UNIS cold laboratory, processing of field data collected in land fast ice and modeling Professor Aleksey Marchenko
Investigation of ice rheology in experiments with ice samples subjected to vibrations and dynamics loads : experiments at UNIS cold laboratory, processing of field data collected during field works on land fast ice and modeling Professor Aleksey Marchenko
Physical environmental loads on floating piers in ice infested waters Professor Aleksey Marchenko
Physical environmental loads on fixed quays in Arctic Professor Aleksey Marchenko
Wave propagation in ice covered regions: field experiments and numerical simulations. SSG project “A method to identify sea ice break up: a pilot study” (UNIS, Barentsburg RC, University of Melbourne, UiO) Professor Aleksey Marchenko
Acoustic and electro-magnetic radiation caused by ice failure Professor Aleksey Marchenko


Arctic Geology Master projects:

The unique geology of Svalbard and its present-day cryosphere provide superb opportunities to study geoscience. The Arctic Geology department supervises bachelor-, master and PhD theses in geology and physical geography with a special focus on using Svalbard as a field laboratory. We do this in collaboration with all the Norwegian universities, but also with many universities around the world, so fitting to the different conditions of doing a thesis as regulated by your home university.

You will best get an overview of the specific scientific fields that we supervise theses within by studying the academic content and learning outcomes of the courses we offer. We recommend students to be directly involved in developing their thesis project together with us as supervisors. Therefore, please contact our scientific staff if you like to develop a bachelor, master or PhD thesis study with us. Clearly almost all of the bachelor and master students that we supervise have taken courses at UNIS and in this way got inspired to do thesis work with us as well.

Topic UNIS supervisor
Geothermal modelling Associate professor Kim Senger
Odellfjellet alluvial fans Associate professor Kim Senger
Structural restoration of Carboniferous basins Associate professor Kim Senger
Fracture modelling from DOMs Associate professor Kim Senger
High-resolution DOMs of outcrops in “log strips”, mm-scale Associate professor Kim Senger
Svalbox – enhancing GIS capabilities Associate professor Kim Senger
High-resolution XRF and close-range photogrammetry characterization of cap rock Associate professor Kim Senger
Seismic modelling of Botneheia dyke Associate professor Kim Senger
Digital field tools for structural measurements Associate professor Kim Senger
Resistivity-TOC-maturity of organic-rich shales Associate professor Kim Senger
Igneous intrusions in southern Dickson Land – geochemistry, geochronology and geometry Associate professor Kim Senger
Gravity-magnetic-MT Associate professor Kim Senger
Flares, pockmarks and terrestrial seeps – correlating seeps to organic-rich units around Isfjorden and Svalbard Associate professor Kim Senger
Temporal geotechnical geophysics (ERT + GPR) to establish seasonal variation in coastal permafrost behaviour – useful for understanding permafrost as a secondary seal Associate professor Kim Senger
ERT and forward EM modelling of an igneous intrusion and contact aureole at Botneheia Associate professor Kim Senger
Palaoeclimate in the Paleogene. High resolution geochemical signals stored in coal Associate professor Maria Jensen
The Aspelintoppen Fm drainage system  and implications for palaeoclimate (Palaeogene fluvial deposits) Associate professor Maria Jensen
The potential of XRF data in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of Holocene coastal change Associate professor Maria Jensen
Coastal change in Svalbard – coastal morphology and processes, expansion of the SVALCoast database Associate professor Maria Jensen
Source to sink – the role of coastal processes in source to sink systems in Svalbard (incl modeling) Associate professor Maria Jensen


Arctic Geophysics Master projects:

Topic Contact person
Energetic particle precipitation during high-latitude substorms (see PDF for description) Associate professor Noora Partamies
What makes FAEs appear? (see PDF for description) Associate professor Noora Partamies
Electron precipitation spectra during different types of pulsating aurora (PDF) )Associate professor Noora Partamies
Sporadic E layers in the Polar Cap Ionosphere (see PDF for description) Associate professor Lisa Baddeley
Application of the apparent impedance approach to identify the physical nature of cusp transients and waves (see PDF) Associate professor Lisa Baddeley
Polar Research Doppler Experiment (PRIDE) – a new instrument for the detection of upper atmospheric waves (see PDF)  Associate professor Lisa Baddeley
DIY weather station (PDF) Associate professor Marius Jonassen

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