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Chemical Dynamics in the Sea



Course format On-site
Date 2021-03-25 - 2021-06-06
Entry level Bachelor
Cost 29 750 SEK

The course covers the extensive interactions between chemical, biological and geological processes in the ocean and its margins. Within this framework, the course focuses on the theory, practice and applications of marine chemistry. The major part of the course centers on planning, executing and reporting an expedition on the University´s new research vessel. This involves both group and individual projects assignments.

Background to this project work is provided in the form of lectures covering the analytical challenges facing marine chemists, together with an overview of key chemical processes in coastal systems. The role of marine chemistry in current global research projects is also presented.

  • Lectures: analytical methods for marine chemistry, standards and traceability, marine pollution, marine organic matter, metal speciation and pelagic and benthic processes, the role of marine chemistry in Future Earth projects and other global projects.
  • Individual projects: (the main part of the course) are centered around the Skagerak expedition


A Bachelor's degree (180 credits) in marine sciences or other relevant natural science subject at an accredited University. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Grant opportunities

EU/EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students do not pay fees. More information on:

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • use chemical measurements to characterize biogeochemical cycles in the ocean
  • understand the chemistry of coastal ocean processes
  • recognize factors governing trace gas exchange
  • understand calibration and traceability

Competence and skills

  • use a range of sampling and analytical methods
  • plan and execution of marine scientific research expedition

Judgement and approach

  • use hydro-acoustic survey data to identify sites


ISCED Categories

Physical and chemical oceanography