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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, subject area "Physical and Chemical Processes of the Environment", "Analysis, Monitoring and Presentation of Natural Hazards" or "Environmental Social Issues"
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  Mainly French, with a few courses in English. Recommended level: C1. The dissertation may be written in English.
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General presentation The Master of Science in Environmental Geosciences examines the relationship between man and his environment and its consequences. An attempt is made to analyse and understand the different aspects of this relationship and to quantify its interactions with a view, finally, to being able to propose action strategies. This involves a clear evaluation of risks and a definition of limits beyond which risks are unacceptable both for man and for nature. To implement these limits concretely within society calls for a precise evaluation of their consequences and the way in which different social groups perceive them.

Teaching on this Master’s degree therefore lays emphasis on the understanding of processes and their quantification, the estimation and management of risks, and an assessment of the feasibility and efficiency of possible actions. To this end, the programme is based on the following fields of competence: environmental concerns, knowledge of basic mechanisms of the environment, knowledge of dangers and hazards and their representation, data analysis, regional development, construction and management of risks and their reductions.

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Last update: 18 August 2014

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