Interaction between humans and the geological environment

About the programme
Quota 1 2018: All admitted   |   Quota 2 2018: -  
Language: Danish  | Place of study: Aarhus  |  Commencement: August / September

Geoscience is the science of the Earth's  structure, history and the processes which shape it, from the innermost metal core to the ground beneath our feet.


This programme is only offered in Danish.

Geoscience is based on subjects such as geology, physical geography,  geophysics and the natural sciences auxiliary subjects mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science. During the first two years you work with geology’s basic theories and methods and learn about the formation of landscapes, water circulation, volcanology and palaeontology.

Studying on the geoscience programme

The course programme at Geoscience is based on lectures and classroom instruction in which you make presentations, participate in discussions and do practical exercises. You will also go on many field trips and learn to put theory into practice. During the third year you can specialise in the part of Geoscience that you wish to.

Humans and geology

At Geoscience you work scientifically with resources such as groundwater, minerals,  raw materials, oil and gas and with renewable forms of energy such as geothermal and wind power. In the natural geography subject do you work with soil, groundwater and landscapes, and in geophysics you work with the deeper layers of the Earth, which are otherwise inaccessible or very costly to drill down to.

Career opportunities

Many graduates from the Bachelor degree programme in geoscience choose to continue their studies on a Master’s degree programme. This can lead to job opportunities in areas such as the discovery and quality assurance of groundwater, environmental assessments, or assessments of construction and civil engineering projects.

Admission requirements

Admission area number: 22125

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

1. A qualifying examination 

2. Grade requirements: You will need both an average grade of at least 7.0 on your overall qualifying examination (incl. any bonus for extra A-level subjects) and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A specifically (on the Danish 7-point grading scale).

3. The following specific admission requirements:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • Mathematics A
  • And one of these combinations:
    • Physics B and Chemistry B or
    • Physics B and Biotechnology A or
    • Geoscience A and Chemistry B

If there are one or more subjects which you have not completed, you can take them as supplementary courses at upper secondary school level or a summer supplementary courses (conditional admission).

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application, unless you are applying for conditional admission.

If you don’t meet the grade requirements

If you don’t meet, or don’t expect to meet, the grade requirements of an average grade of at least 7.0 io your qualifying examination and an average grade of at least 7.0 in Mathematics A, you can apply for admission through an entrance examination. Completing the entrance examination is equivalent to fulfilling the grade requirements, but does not guarantee admission.

Applicants who wish to take part in the entrance examination must apply before the deadline on 15 March at 12:00 (quota 2)

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above. All quota 2 applicants will be invited to take an entrance examination.

Read more about quota 2 and the entrance examination

If there are more qualified applicants than quota 2 places, the applications will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Your score from the entrance examination
  2. Your average grade in Mathematics A
  3. A concrete assessment of your academic qualifications for admission (for example average grade from your qualifying examination, special permission or similar relevant selection criteria)

Admission 2019

In 2019 a new entry requirement is introduced. To apply for admission in 2019 you must have a grade point average of 7.0 in your qualifying examination and at least 7.0 grade in average in Mathematics A.

Entrance examination

Applicants who do not meet or do not expect to meet the grade requirement of minimum 7.0 in Mathematics and an average of 7.0 in the qualifying examination, may apply for admission via an entrance examination. A passed entrance examination is equated with both grade requirements.

For applicants who wish to participate in an entrance examination, the application deadline is 15 March 12.00 (midday)

Quota 2 criteria

If there are more qualified applicants, that is more applicants who pass the entrance examination, than there are study places, the following criteria will be included in the assessment of applications:

  • Score from admission test
  • Average in Mathematics
  • Average in the qualifying examination.

Programme structure

Academic regulations

In the academic regulations for the Bachelor’s degree programme in geoscience, you can find more information, the content of the content of the individual subjects, the structure of the programme and the demands that will be made of you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements. 

In the study programme diagram for the Bachelor’s degree programme in geoscience you can click on the various subjects to read the individual course descriptions.





Student life

Lectures, practical exercises and field trips

In addition to the traditional teaching Geoscience consists of a wide range of courses with practical exercises in microscopes and the description and recognition of minerals and rock types. You will also go on field trips where you test theories in practice and get an insight into what the theoretical part of the teaching can be used for in the subject. 

Studying on the geoscience programme

At the Bachelor’s degree programme in geoscience, you should expect around 20 hours of scheduled lessons a week of teaching and to spend around the same number of hours on preparation. A typical timetable for the second quarter of the Bachelor's degree programme could look like this: 


08:00–10:00: Sedimentology (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Palaeontology and Stratigraphy (lecture)

12:00–15:00: Sedimentology (theoretical exercises) 


11:00–13:00: Palaeontology and Stratigraphy (theoretical exercises) 


08:00–10:00: Sedimentology (lecture)

10:00–12:00: Palaeontology and Stratigraphy (lecture)

12:00–14:00: Calculus 2 (theoretical exercises)

14:00–16:00: Calculus 2 (lecture) 


14:00–16:00: Palaeontology and Stratigraphy (theoretical exercises) 


10:00–12:00: Calculus 2 (lecture)

12:00–15:00: Calculus 2 (laboratory work) 

Research and instruction: Two sides of the same coin

Teaching at Geoscience is very much influenced by the research taking place at the department. All teaching staff are also researchers and are members of one or more of five research sectors. The "Deep Earth systems" sector conducts research into processes such as volcanology, formation of mountain ranges and sedimentation basins. The “Earth surface systems" sector deals with the younger geological layers from e.g. the glacial period and with landscapes. The "Hydrogeological systems" sector has groundwater as its research topic, while the “Past climate and Ocean systems" sector deals with the natural processes behind climate change and its effects. the final sector is “Geomodellering", a  cross-disciplinary and is aimed at integration of mathematical models in geoscience. 

Field trips bring people together

At Geoscience you will be part of a strong team spirit across the classes and you will find that field trips in all kinds of weather can strangely enough bring people together. The first field trip takes place already in the second week of study and gives you an insight into using geological theory.

“Chaos” (Friday bar)

The Department of Geoscience has its own social association named Chaos, which arranges the popular Friday bars at the university. At the Friday bar you can meet your classmates and teachers away from the teaching. You will also have good opportunities to meet students from other degree programmes. 

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Job functions for MA/MSc grads

The diagram shows the kinds of jobs and job functions available to graduates of the corresponding MA/MSc programme, based on the 2013/14 AU employment survey.

Continue studying and take a Master’s degree

Geoscience is structured as a three-year Bachelor’s degree programme, which can be followed by a two-year Master’s degree programme that will earn you title of Master of Science. With a Bachelor’s degree in geoscience you can e.g. choose to take a Master’s degree in geology, geophysics or technical geology. 

Studying abroad

The Department of Geoscience has a long-standing tradition for international cooperation with educational institutions in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. So you have good opportunities to study at one of the many foreign universities with which the university has exchange agreements. A period spent abroad is relevant, both if you want to work abroad or in Denmark. 

A world of job opportunities

As a geologist, you can e.g. help public administration to find raw materials and groundwater, and make sure that the water that comes out of our taps has the desired quality. You can also work with large construction projects in which you determine the feasibility of the projects. Denmark is fortunate to be one of Europe’s few oil exporting countries, which means that many graduates from geology have found jobs in the oil industry, both in Denmark and also in countries such as Norway, the UK, Canada, Spain and Germany.