DURATION OF STUDIES
2 years (4 semesters)
LANGUAGES OF INSTRUCTION
CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION
A Bachelor in Earth and/or Environmental Sciences or a degree deemed equivalent, upon completion of up to 18 credits of supplementary courses.
THE MASTER IN EARTH SCIENCES
offers a multidisciplinary curriculum combining fundamental sciences and practical applications, which will give the tools needed to become a versatile key player in the transition to a sustainable future. The highly varied programme provides cutting-edge knowledge in a wide range of topics from the deep Earth, geobiosphere, and climatology, to geological risks, geoenergies, and mineral resources. Flexibility in choosing courses and internships allows to adapt the curriculum to interests of the students. The interactive teaching combines lectures, practical work and numerous excursions to natural sites in the Alps and abroad. It is delivered by specialists in Earth and environmental sciences from the universities of Lausanne and Geneva (Ecole lémanique des sciences de la Terre -ELSTE), who are at the forefront of development in their research fields, ensuring a modern approach to Earth sciences. The new programme, which has been fundamentally reworked, comes into effect in the autumn semester of 2022.
4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses and field work (20 credits)
Required courses and field work, limited electives (40 credits)
Free electives (10 credits)
Research and dissertation (50 credits)
LEVEL OF FRENCH REQUIRED BY UNIGE
No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones.
Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master's degree.
The Master in Earth Sciences provide the opportunity to acquire a wide range of interdisciplinary skills, including oral and written communication, critical thinking, the ability to analyse and summarise, carrying out a piece of original research, and adopting a comprehensive approach integrating observations and measurement in the field with laboratory or modeling data. Skills, combined with specialist knowledge, equip our students to pursue high-level careers after their studies in numerous sectors, including:
- Research and teaching (PhDthesisfollowed by an academic career in Switzerland or abroad)
- Applied geology companies
- Environmental assessments
- Assessment and management of natural resources
- Materials and geomaterials industry
- Geological risks and insurance
- Cantonal and federal administration
- Environmental and social NGOs
500 CHF / semester (~530 €, ~580 $US)
Rate of the day
Deadline: 30 April 2023
(28 February 2023 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)
EXCELLENCE MASTER FELLOWSHIPS
The Faculty of Science, with the support of external partners, has established an Excellence Fellowship program open to outstanding and highly motivated students who wish to pursue a Master of Science degree in one of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Candidate selection is based on excellence.
Deadline for applications : February 28, 2024