Study Programs

There are three Master's programs at the University of Tromsø, Faculty of Science and Technology that offer specialization in Earth observation and satellite remote sensing as a possible course of study. These are:

Relevant Courses

The following courses cover Earth observation and satellite remote sensing, and are lectured by the staff of the Earth Observation Laboratory. They are given both as master level courses (with course code Fys-3xxx) and Ph.D. level courses (Fys-8xxx):

We also lecture a course aimed at teachers in secondary school:

The following Bachelor level courses are highly relevant to our research activities, to the master projects offered, and are recommended to those who want to work with us:

Those who want to do a master project at the Earth Observation Laboratory should take one or more of the following Master level courses, in addition to one or more courses covering Earth observation and satellite remote sensing (see list above). Required and recommended courses for specific master projects are listed under the detailed description of the project (See the links below under the heading 'Master projects').

Note that courses are given both as master level courses and Ph.D. level courses, distinguished by the course code (e.g., Fys-3xxx vs. Fys-8xxx). They are lectured together, but there might be differences in the curriculum and course requirements.

Master Projects

A list of master projects offered by the Earth Observation Group is given here.

A list of master projects offered at the Earth Observation Laboratory is given below. Students are invited to discuss these or other project ideas with the contact persons. This is important in order to adapt the project to the background and the interests of the student.

Ph.D. seminars

A list of seminars that can be used to fulfill the coursework requirements for the Ph.D. education is given below. The Ph.D. seminars are given as lecture series followed by an exam. Parts of the curriculum may also be covered by self-study.


May 25, 2017
INTPART Workshop
The INTPART project “Arctic Field Summer School: Norway-USA-Canada collaboration” continues with the workshop week with more lectures and working with the data collected during the cruise.

May 16, 2017
Open sea ice lectures
Come join us for open lectures about sea ice! In Auditorium Tek 1.022 10:30-11:30 Vladimir A. Alexeev North Atlantic Warming, Changing Atmospheric Circulation and Thinning Arctic sea ice 11:30-12:30 Hajo Eicken Sea ice in the earth system: Linking ice properties to human uses and remote sensing 13:30-14:30 John Yackel Sea ice remote sensing: An overview

Mar 17, 2017
PhD defence
Congratulations to Ane Fors for successfully defending her PhD dissertation titled: "Investigations of summer sea ice with X and C-band multi-polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR)" on 17 March.