In the fall of 2009, Neuchâtel and Lausanne universities jointly offered a Master in Biogeosciences.
This Master program, which is completely unique, proposes an all-encompassing understanding of nature, both pluridisciplinary and multiscalar. It offers a strong scientific potential and high quality teaching in numerous practical work, laboratory work, and field work. It is completed by a personal research thesis.
The objective of this Master program is to train high level scientists in the area of integrated natural sciences or biogeosciences. Using the most modern techniques, it aims to give fundamental knowledge and the tools necessary for the discovery, the comprehension and the management of natural environments in perpetual evolution at variable scales of time and space.
The courseload is split into five blocks, four of them teaching, and one personal research. The teaching is divided into three thirds : one-third ex-cathedra, one-third in the form of practical work, and the last in the form of fieldwork. The four teaching blocks are composed as follows :
All courses are taught in French. The length of the Master is 4 semesters for the 120 ECTS credits. At the end of these studies, the successful student graduates with the title of « University Master in Science in Biogeosciences ».
Students wishing to register for the Master in Biogeosciences must have one of the following the following prerequisites :
If the University Bachelor Degree has not been obtained in one of the aforementioned branches, the Scientific Committee can propose admission with a precondition or supplementary coursework. These complementary studies should not exceed 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The execution of these studies are stated in writing between the student and the Faculty responsible for the management of his/her degree course.
Admission is made official by the competent department of the University registration, with the preauthorization of the Scientific Committee.
At the University of Neuchâtel (registration at Neuchâtel)
To register in the Master in Biogeosciences at the University of Neuchâtel, fill in the regristration form available on-line at this link : Click here or fill in the paper form that can be found on this link : Click here to send your form to the Register’s office : Click here within before the admission deadline :
At the University of Lausanne (registration at Lausanne)
To register in the Master in Biogeosciences at the University of Lausanne, send your completed file/record before the deadline for admission to the Registrar’s Service : www.unil.ch/immat
It is obligatory both for the Universities of Lausanne and Neuchâtel to provide a letter of motivation with your application. This letter should contain at least the following information :
Find the description of the Master on the site : www.unil.ch/enseignement
Complete description of the Master
Master en biogéosciences - UNINE (1555 Ko)
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Foreign students who have obtained a scholarship should keep in mind that this scholarshp is for one year only (in general). If no solution can be found during the second year of the Master, foreign students who return home will have the possibility to obtain a certificate attesting a full year's training in Biogeosciences.