The Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo in Norway is the broadest research-based geoscience teaching environment in Norway and covers most of the geosciences. The Department which was founded in 2003 is under The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

Photho of Geology Building, Sem Sælandsvei 1. Nedre Blindern, Oslo

The Geology building, Department of Geosciences. Photo: GK Tjoflot

The Department of Geosciences, is University of Oslos unit for studies and research within the geosciences. The Department of Geosciences was established in 2003 by merging three departments of the Faculty of Mathematics and Sciences. The three long-established departments were:

  • The Department of Geography (physical geography)
  • The Department of Geophysics
  • The Geology Department

Academic profile

The Department of Geociences is the largest department of geosciences in Norway. The geosciences are the studies of planet Earth; the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and cryosphere, the Earth's surface and it’s interior. The Department conducts research and teaching in most of the geoscience diciplines; geology (including petroleum geology), geophysics, physical geography, geomatics, hydrology, meteorology and oceanography.

The Department encompassing four sections (Meteorology and Oceanography, Geography and Hydrology, Geology and Geophysics, Physics of Geological Processes) and one Centre of Excellence (Centre of Earth Evolution and Dynamics). In addition we participate in other centres and hold several ERC grants.

The staff consists of 40 professors and associate professors, in addition to postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, researchers, technical staff and administrative personnel, to a total number of 240.


The Department is involved in three BSc programmes and offer an international MSc programme: Geosciences (master's two years).  In addition there are many PhD students affiliated to the Department.

Geology building

The Department is located in the Geology building, Sem Sælandsvei 1, Blindern, within walking distance of the other natural science buildings.

Read more about the Geology building.


The Department participates in several research alliances and centres both in Norway and with partners in Europe and around the world. The department has a large project portfolio of both internally and externally funded research projects.

The Department of Geosciences participated in / hosts several CeO/SFF centres:

  • Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics –  CEED (SFF-III), 20132023
  • Centre for Physics of Geological Processes –  PGP (SFF-I), 20032013 (with Dep, of Physics)
  • International Centre for Geohazards –  ICG (SFF-I), 2003–2012 (partner)

We participate in one Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME):

In addition we participate in:

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