NIGK17001U Current advances in Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry

Volume 2017/2018

MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience 


Igneous petrological case stories, which present ongoing discussions of aspects of Earth evolution and recent developments in the perception of igneous processes in the continental and oceanic crust and upper mantle and mantle. Elemental and isotopic quantitative geochemical methods and their application to igneous petrological problems. The integration of field methods, petrography, and physical volcanology in igneous petrology.

Learning Outcome


  • detailed knowledge of igneous petrological high-temperature processes;
  • detailed knowledge of selected current ideas on the formation of igneous rocks and complexes;
  • knowledge of the development of ideas related to the evolution of the crust-mantle system.


  • extract volcanological data during field work;
  • model selected geochemical and physical processes in igneous petrology;
  • manipulate and evaluate geochemical data related to igneous petrological problems.


  • interpret petrological processes based on field observations;
  • integrate field observations with petrographic and geochemical laboratory data;
  • demonstrate an understanding of deep earth and volcanological processes as integrated parts of Earth evolution.

Please se Absalon.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent is recommended.
Theory exercises, literature reviews combined with ad hoc lectures and a 5-days field trip.
Students shall pay for their own travel to and from the field-work area, as well as entry visa (if required), vaccinations (if required) and personal medicine and 125 DKK per day for food and lodging. For outside DK destinations the students are required to take out a private illness and repatriation insurance covering the field period.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Field Work
  • 60
  • Preparation
  • 76
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 min
At the exam the student draw two questions and is examined without preparation.
Exam registration requirements

Acceptable completion of a written assignment based on fieldwork is required to enable eligibility to examination.

Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship

Identical to ordinary exam. Written assigment to be approved two weeks before re-examination.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see Learning Outcome