Master in Earth Sciences

The Master in Earth Sciences (former Master of Science in Geology) offers a solid formation combining fundamental science with applied skills. Since the Master is run jointly by the Universities of Geneva and of Lausanne (Ecole lémanique des sciences de la Terre - ELSTE), it draws on an unusually broad pool of faculty expertise which covers most orientations of Earth Sciences. Master students can use extensive state of art analytical facilities and are involved in field studies all over the world in cooperation with academic, research and industrial partners.

Program of Studies

The ELSTE Masters program is structured in the form of three orientations. Each orientation has a number of obligatory courses plus a list of specialized courses from which students may select those which serve his/her specific needs. Students in any orientation may take one or more courses from another orientation where appropriate, and courses offered at other institutions may be approved for credit. 120 ECTS credit are required.


  • Geochemistry-Alpine Tectonics-Ore Deposits
  • Geological risk
  • Sedimentary, Environmental, and Reservoir Geology


A French exam is not anymore required to follow a Master program at the Faculty of Science. Each student is responsible of having the adequate proficiency in English and/or French. In some orientations, including the orientation Geochemistry-Alpine Tectonics-Ore Deposits, all courses are taught in English. Masters theses may be written in either English or in French.

Financial Support

The Faculty of Sciences, in collaboration with several sponsors, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty

Admission Requirements

This Masters program is a cooperative endeavor offered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne. Students from these universities must have completed their Bachelors degrees (180 ECTS credits: UNIGE - Earth and Environmental Sciences; UNIL - Geosciences and Environment, concentration in Geology or an equivalent background). Students with science degrees in disciplines related to the Earth Sciences may be admitted to the Masters Program. However, courses totaling a maximum of 20 ECTS credits may be required as a function of limitations in the individual’s academic preparation with respect to specific knowledge in Earth Science topics.

More information

Sheet Master in Earth Sciences (PDF)

Flyer Master in Earth Sciences (PDF)

Rules and study plan (ELSTE Website)

Master Program (ELSTE website)


Master in geology - Introduction

Master in geology - Presentation

Master in geology - Words From Students