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Master of Science in Geography

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The programme offers :

  • an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of Geosciences and Environmental Sciences ;
  • a general reflection on the organisation of territories, of technical networks and of spatial, natural and human systems on different spatial scales ;
  • an in-depth reflection on the transformations of urban spaces in a perspective of sustainable development : eco-urban planning, city policies, urban planning;
  • an in-depth study of the natural dynamics of the Alpine environment and its evolution linked to climatic changes, socio-economic changes and territorial development ;
  • a critical analysis of the diversity and complexity of the socio - economic and environmental transformations of southern countries ;
  • an emphasis in teaching on the use of quantitative methods (Spatial Analysis, Geomatics, Geovisualisation).

You choose between four specialisations:

  • Urban Studies, Sustainable Urban Development and Territorial Development  
  • Geomorphology and Management of Mountain Regions
  • Development and Environment
  • Spatial Analysis and Complex Systems

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
School of Geosciences and Environment

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Geography specialisation "Urban Studies, Sustainable Urban Development and Territorial Development",  "Geomorphology and Management of Mountain Regions", "Development and Environment", "Spatial Analysis and Complex Systems"

ECTS credits

4 semestres

Teaching language
French, some courses in English. Recommended level : C1.

Final enrolment date
30 April. The degree course begins in the autumn semester.
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February.

More information
Timetables and courses descriptions

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities.

The programme is thus intended for future geographers, urban planners, developers, those employed by the Public Administration and public service utilities, consulting firms, representatives of professional organisations or interest groups, coordinators of territorial development projects, advisers on sustainable urban development, environmentalists, consultants in international cooperation, practitioners in the mountain environment area, etc.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 27 October 2016

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Version: February 2016

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