Trainee School in Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics (AMGG)

General information

The PhD trainee school (forskerskole) in Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics (AMGG) was established in October 2005 (UiT Styrevedtak), and is now one of six trainee schools established by  the Board of University of Tromsø (Universitetsstyret). The aim of the AMGG is to train PhD students and young scientists in the field of arctic marine geology and geophysics.

The Department of Geology, at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, is host of the trainee school, joining forces with the Geological Survey of NorwayNorwegian Polar Institute and The University Centre of Svalbard (UNIS). AMGG is closely associated with the National Research School in Climate Dynamics (ResClim).

The PhD trainee school offers courses, cruises and workshops. The main study area is in northern seas, including the fjords and continental margin off Svalbard, northern Norway, the Arctic Ocean and the east Greenland margin. The research focuses on the development of arctic continental shelves and margins, including topics such as:

  1. glacial processes and products, 
  2. geo-hazards, -fluids and  gas hydrates, 
  3. paleo-climate and –oceanography, 
  4. energy and environment.

The program comprises: AMGG Annual Meeting (spring semester), PhD Cruise (spring semester), PhD courses at UiT / UNIS, PhD courses, workshops and seminars at ResClim, outreach courses, courses in scientific techniques and methods, international Symposia, industry courses and excursions and field trips.

The PhD-program equates to 180 credits (ECT), of which the instruction component comprises 30 ECTs and the doctoral dissertation 150 ECTS. Courses in the instruction component shall normally be at PhD (8000) level and shall among other topics cover the philosophy of science and ethics. 10 ECTS are mandatory for AMGG PhD students, while the remaining ECTS may be chosen from PhD courses provided by the Department of Geology UiT or UNIS. Other courses provided by other national or international institutions may be approved for the PhD degree in Arctic Marine Geology and Geophysics.

Mandatory courses

  • Marine geology and geophysics cruise, 5 ECTS, spring 2015
  • Arctic marine geology and geophysics workshop, 5 ECTS, spring 2015

Main research topics. The AMGG research focuses on the geological evolution of arctic continental shelves and margins, including:

  • late Cenozoic tectonics, uplift and erosion
  • late Cenozoic sedimentary processes
  • glacial-interglacial ice sheet dynamics and history
  • glacial-interglacial climate, paleoceanography and paleoproductivity
  • geohazards, fluid flow and gas hydrates
  • Holocene tsunamis, causes and effects
  • resources and environment related to petroleum exploration in Northern seas
Contact Person: Sissel Hansen (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0532 - Marine Geology", "0532 - Physical and chemical oceanography", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Department of Geology
Dramsveien 201
N - 9010 Tromsø


Application Procedure:

Please contact one of the Faculty coordinators: Sissel Hansen & Tine Hågensen.


Academic level: PhD

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