General structure of the Master

Master of Science (MSc) in Earth sciences | General plan of the Master

Master of Science (MSc) in Earth sciences


In this document, the masculine is used as a generic term. All titles and functions must be understood as male and female.

The Master of Science in Earth sciences is delivered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne, through the Lemanic School of Earth Sciences (ELSTE).
This second level cycle of 120 ECTS credits program has a proposed period of four semesters. Courses are generally given in French and in English. However, the program can be entirely followed in English.

The Master in geology has three orientations :

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


At the beginning of the Master, each student choses a proposed orientation. 

The program of each orientation comprehends: 

  • a part of 4 mandatory modules (24 ECTS credits) 
  • a part of 4 modules to be chosen in a predefined list (24 ECTS credits) 
  • a part of free choice credits (12 ECTS credits) 
  • a Master thesis of 60 ECTS credits. This thesis is a personal research work under the responsability of an ELSTE teacher. 



Whenever possible, courses must be taken during the first your of the Master.
During the first year of the Master, the student also starts to work on his master thesis in order to present his project of Master before the beginning of the second year of the program. The second year of the Master program is dedicated to the Master thesis.



General plan of the Master



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