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Master of Science in Environmental Geosciences

Organiser University of Lausanne - Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
School of Geosciences and Environment
Degree awarded Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Geosciences
ECTS credits 120
Duration 4 semesters
Final enrolment date 30 April.
This programme starts at the autumn semester only.
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.
Teaching language  Compulsory courses are given in English, but a few optional courses are given in French. Recommended level in English : C1. The dissertation, reports and exams may be written in English or French.
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General presentation

Human activities are a regular cause of imbalances in natural systems and the societies that depend upon them, on the local, regional or global scale. Understanding the underlying physical, chemical and biological processes is essential for resolving contemporary environmental problems. This understanding is represented in the form of models that allow informed management decisions to be made. However, these models must take into account data gathered through observation and monitoring of the phenomena concerned. Otherwise, the information they provide will be of little real value.

The Master of Science in Environmental Geosciences provides not only an adequate scientific grounding, but also an understanding of the fundamental links between the observation, modelling and monitoring of environmental phenomena, as each of these aspects enhances the credibility and quality of the other two. This combination also provides a deeper understanding of the phenomena themselves. The teaching programme focuses on areas of study affected by both physical and chemical processes (for example, water tables, landslides, landfills, diffuse or concentrated pollution), as well as the interactions between environmental disruptors and living organisms. Through this interdisciplinary approach, future professionals are trained to acquire the capacity to confront the increasingly complex interactions between the critical zone, ecosystems and human activities.

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The French version prevails.
Last update: 11 May 2015

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Version: February 2015

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