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Qualification: Earth Sciences, MS

Earth Sciences, MS

Qualification Information

Type of knowledge

The student possesses significant understanding of problems and subjects, based on the most recent information and research in the field of Earth Sciences.
The student has acquired knowledge by attending courses and carrying out research in a specific area of Earth Sciences.

Knowledge, skills and competences
On completion of the masters degree the student should have fulfilled the following criteria in addition to those fulfilled at the previous level:
1. Knowledge

1.1. The student has broadened and deepened his/her knowledge of a selected subject area within Earth Sciences and has acquired systematic understanding of the most recent knowledge within that area and the research methods used.

1.2. The student has acquired deeper knowledge of the application of Earth Sciences in his/her area of expertise.

1.3. The student is able to use his/her knowledge and understanding in a professional manner within his/her field of expertise.

1.4. The student has acquired the ability to reason and substantiate his/her opinions about his/her research work and its relevance to basic knowledge in the field of study.

1.5. The student has acquired the ability to provide a written review of research relevant to his/her field of study.

2. Skills

2.1. The student is able to design, organize, develop and execute experiments or projects within his/her field of expertise.

2.2. The student knows of hazards and safety rules within his/her field.

2.3. The student is able to write a research plan.

2.4. The student can assemble and develop appropriate methods for the purpose of answering research questions within his/her area of expertise.

2.5. The student is able to describe and explain the basis and limitations of the methods most commonly used in his/her field.

2.6. The student is capable of efficiently using all common laboratory or field instruments used within his/her field of expertise.

2.7. The student is able to work in a team and can contribute to the organization and execution of research in Earth Sciences.

2.8. The student has demonstrated his/her ability to keep clear records of research data.

2.9. The student has demonstrated an ability to provide a written overview of research concerning his/her field of knowledge.

2.10. The student is able to write scientific abstracts, articles and reports.

3. Competences

3.1. The student can in an independent and professional manner define a research topic, formulate research questions and hypotheses.

3.2. The student can independently assess which methods are appropriate as an approach to the analysis and investigation of problems.

3.3. The student is able to define and describe what is involved in well organized and executed experiments.

3.4. The student is able to use appropriate data handling tools including the use of appropriate software.

3.5. The student has increased and deepened his/her understanding and acquired a wider knowledge of his/her field than that acquired at the previous level of study.

3.6. The student is able to organize his/her work and time, meet reporting targets, work professionally with his/her co-workers, organize his/her career, and is aware of his/her work and research options.

3.7. The student is able to initiate research and development projects within his/her field of expertise.

3.8. The student is able to direct well-defined projects in his/her field and be responsible for the work of individuals and groups.

3.9. The student has acquired the learning skills and independence needed to undertake further studies, maintain his/her knowledge and add to it. He/she is ready to begin studies towards the doctorate at third cycle level.

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