Student office

General information - Studies at the Faculty of Science

Courses

  • Students must register online for their courses via the portail.unige.ch during the course registration period (see exceptions below).
  • Students must register each time they follow a course.
  • Course registration is not necessary for students in  Master of Science in Geology, doctoral students, mobility students, pre/co-requisites/extra curricular study plans, certificates, Master of Advanced Studies, students from other faculties and unregistered students
  • Registration periods are in October for annual and fall semester courses and in March for spring semester courses.

 

Exams

  • Students must register online for their exams via the portail.unige.ch during the exam registration period (see exceptions below).
  • Students in “compléments d'études en sciences”, doctoral students, mobility students, pre/co-requisites/extra curricular study plans, certificates, Master of Advanced Studies, students from other faculties and unregistered students must complete a registration form and will be manually registered by the student office (Master in Geology students register at the ELSTE).
  • Students are allowed to withdraw from a maximum of 2 exams for each exam sessions. (Students in the Bachelor of pharmaceutical sciences can only withdraw from second attempts and from two exams maximum).
  • Registration periods are one week after the course registration for the February and June exam sessions and in July for the August/September exam session.
  • Registration for the August/September exam session is not automatic.
 

Attempts

  • All students are entitled to two attempts for each exam and a single third attempt per year of study which is also called « Etape » (see exceptions below). The Bachelor has three « Etapes » and the Master has one « Etape ».
  • Students in Pharmaceutical Certificate Programs, Master in Neurosciences, “compléments d'études en sciences” and Master in environmental sciences are entitled to two attempts only.
  • The students who fail an exam can decide to retake it during the August/September or the regular exam sessions.

 

Grades

  • Grades are fixed to the nearest quarter of a point. The maximum grade is 6 and the minimum grade is 1. The grade 0 is attributed to unjustified absences, fraud or plagiarism.
  • The lowest grade that can be validated is 2. Specific degree regulations can be stricter or more precise (for example, for a given course the minimum grade for one semester could be required to be at least 3).
  • Grades below 4 can be validated and compensated depending on the conditions set by the regulations of a specific degree. There is no need to make a request for validation; the system will automatically take the grade(s) into account once all the courses are completed.
  • The Faculty distinguishes partial grades (semestrial or/and oral/written) and subject grades (one grade or the average grade between two semestrial grades or between an oral and a written exam or even the average grade between semestrial grades comprised of an average of written and oral exams.)
  • One exam = one grade (except for « contrôles continus »)

 

ECTS credits

  • Each section/department sets the ECTS credits for their courses. ECTS credits are attributed by year of study as a bloc.

Grade transcripts

  • At the end of each exam session, the grades are published on the student portal.
  • A grade transcript is sent by mail when a student completes a year of study (« étape »).
  • When a student completes his degree, the final grade transcript is sent by mail.

 

   Elimination and failure

  • The first year of study of the Bachelor (« année propédeutique ») is the only year that can be repeated. The repeating student is allowed two additional attempts for each failed exam.
  • During the other years of study (Bachelor or Master), the student, provided that he/she still has enough attempts, can either just retake the exam or take again the course and then the exam.
  • There is no eliminatory grade per se; a grade can lead to the elimination of a student only when it is no longer possible for him to improve his results in compliance with his degree regulations.
  • According to the regulations of the Faculty, students are eliminated from their degree, not from the Faculty.