Studying at the Department of Geography and Geology

Studies at Geography give our students a broad professional skill set at the interface between natural and social sciences. Studies at Geology, on the other hand, focus on the structure and evolution of the Earth and the numerous geological processes shaping it.

Geography studies natural and human phenomena from the perspectives of space, place and time. Students can select their minor subjects from any faculty at the University and go on international student exchange or work in our research projects in different parts of the world. Master’s degree studies offer specialisation opportunities in global change research, urban geography, geospatial research, economic and innovation research, fluvial and coastal research, environmental research, and the teaching of geography.

Geology studies the composition of the Earth and the formation of its various physical structures. Through minor subjects, the students can develop their expertise to a desired direction. In Master’s studies, students can choose between two fields of specialisation. By choosing Geology and Mineralogy, students focus on the composition, structure, formation, and evolution of the bedrock. Mineral reserves are examined as well. By choosing Quaternary Geology, students specialise in the genesis of sedimentological structures including aquifers and lake and marine sediments.

The teaching at the Department is of high quality and in close connection with research, and the interaction between students and department staff is relaxed. Our Bachelor’s degree programmes are in Finnish, whereas Master’s degree studies are partly in English as well. At Geology, we also offer courses in Swedish. The graduation rate at our Department is high, and our graduates become employed in diverse positions in the private, public and third sector.

The studies include

  • Methodological studies, which give students a chance to practice research methods in the laboratory, in the field, and on a computer (by using e.g. geographical information system).
  • Theoretical studies, which are taught through lectures, literature, and various other learning tasks such as group work.
  • Studies which develop competencies that are needed in working life. These studies include study and career planning courses, practical training, project work, and international studies.
  • Language and communication studies, which enhance students’ skills in using the terminology of their field in Finnish, Swedish and English. 
  • Numerous interfaces with other fields of science and disciplines.