Bachelor's Thesis in Geosciences and Energy Resources (GEOBAC)

The bachelor's thesis is an independent project in which you will apply the knowledge acquired during your studies for solving a given problem. By completing the thesis, you will show your abilities and qualities as a graduating engineer.

The thesis work will normally be carried out during the last semester of your studies. At this stage, you will have acquired the knowledge and know-how needed for completing a relevant thesis topic.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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English, Norwegian


The bachelor thesis focuses on a particular problem that the student will address during a 4-month period of research. The particular problem will depend on the student's interest and will be developed under the supervision of a University of Stavanger staff member and possibly an external advisor. Thesis topics are relevant to the program, and the student will have the opportunity to select or propose topics. The thesis will include significant components of research and writing. The student is encouraged to participate in auxiliary courses provided by the University of Stavanger library.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed and passed his or her bachelor's thesis has acquired the following learning outcomes:

The candidate:

  • can work independently
  • can describe the problem clearly using the terms and expressions of the academic field
  • has experience with literature review, scientific reporting, and ethical standards in the field
  • has insight into the environmental, health, social, and economic consequences of products and solutions within their field- and can put these in ethical-, life cycle-, and safety perspective
  • can apply relevant theoretical models or studies supported by scientific research
  • is aware of relevant scholarly tools and techniques
  • can investigate the academic problem and relate conclusions to the problem
  • has the ability to critically evaluate their own work
  • can defend high moral standards in scientific, as well as other contexts, thus being a good role model
  • can exchange viewpoints and experiences and behave professionally in a scientific debate
  • can recognise when a scientific disagreement is important and can debate accordingly

Required prerequisite knowledge

GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate, GEO110 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, GEO210 Structural Geology

Referring to rules and regulations for the Bachelor's- and Master's thesis about requirements of minimum amount of completed ECTS in order to write the Bachelor's thesis.

Thesis writing at Faculty of Science and Technology | University of Stavanger (


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Project work 1/1 4 Months Letter grades All

For all information and regulations relating to bachelor and master’s theses, see here.Note that you primarily have only one attempt for writing the thesis, see section 3-10 number 4 in Regulations relating to studies and examinations at the University of Stavanger.Deadline for withdrawal is April 1st

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Lisa Jean Watson

Course coordinator:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Head of Department:

Alejandro Escalona Varela

Method of work

The project may be performed individually or in cooperation with one or two other students, depending on the thesis topic.

Project work: The project work varies with each thesis topic. Some thesis topics are theoretical and others experimental; therefore, the focus of research activities may be different. All thesis projects will include significant literature research and usage of a computer.

Communication with supervisor: It is important for both student and supervisor to establish a successful cooperation throughout the work progress. This can for example be accomplished through regular meetings where the student presents and discusses the work progress. A good practice is that the student has written something prior to the meeting as a basis for discussions with the supervisor. Any written work or papers that the student would like to discuss should be shared with the supervisor prior to the meeting.

Managing the project: While regular communication with the supervisor is encouraged, the student should create a realistic schedule to ensure progress in the project. The schedule should include milestones and deadlines such as when the bulk of literature research should be completed; when different phases of experiments, interpretation or field work should be completed; and when each thesis section should be written for review. It is an advantage for the student to start the writing process as soon as possible. Beginning the writing process with an outline will help you maintain an organized approach to writing.

Thesis content: Bachelor's theses can have several different forms. Many theses include construction or experimental work, while other theses are more theoretical. A thesis can be an overview-based thesis where an overview of a concept is made out of different literature sources, a more complementary discussion-based thesis, or a thesis aiming to solve a specific problem or develop a product. A thesis must include motivation and a clearly defined aim with research questions, be well- structured and be well-written. The discussion should include the ethical (c.f. the Norwegian National Committee for Ethics and Research - the Guidelines for Resarch Ethics in Science and Technology - ) and environmental consequences of discoveries/themes/developed products.

The general sections of a thesis are: introduction to the topic and problem with the motivation of the study, aim, and research questions; literature review; geologic setting, if applicable; method or experiment; data or list of materials; presentation of results; discussion of results; and conclusions in which the research questions are answered and future work from the study is proposed.

The arguments for and against a certain statement must be logically presented and supported by literature. A fellow student with a similar background should be able to read the thesis without having to use extra information in order to understand the message. Reproduction of content from teaching books, etc., about general theory and knowledge should be limited. The candidate must make a list of references for the thesis and properly cite those references in the thesis text.

Any text, code, figure, or other material created by a learning language model or artificial intelligence must be cited and documented.

If the text is proofread and improved by a learning language model or artificial intelligence, a declaration must be made in the submission, such as in the Acknowledgements. "This text has been proofread and improved by SERVICE on DATE."

More information about the bachelor's thesis can be found at Faculty's web-pages:

Open for

Geosciences and Energy Resources - Bachelor in Engineering

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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