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The Master of Science in Environmental Geoscience is organised by the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment of the University of Lausanne.

At the postgraduate level, this curriculum of 120 ECTS credits has a duration of 4 semesters after the Bachelor’s degree. The compulsory courses are given in English. If English is used, the instructor concerned will respect the Directive 3.4 of the directorate of the University.


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The curriculum is organised around compulsory modules and one module of free choice courses. This allows specialisation in a particular area of research for the Master’s thesis. The curriculum that leads to the award of the Master’s in Environmental Geoscience requires two years of study (the normal duration) :

A first year of compulsory courses, structured into four modules

  • Module « Water and slope processes » (19 ECTS credits)
  • Module « Environmental Data Acquisition and Monitoring » (15 ECTS credits)
  • Module « Data Processing » (14 ECTS credits)
  • Module « Computational Geosciences » (12 ECTS credits)

These modules total 60 credits and comprise the compulsory courses, focused on introductory courses, field/case studies, and methods for analysis and modelling.


A second year with two modules

  • A module of free choice (20 ECTS credits)
  • A module for the Master's thesis (40 ECTS credits)

Students complete their curriculum with additional courses from other Master’s programs in the Faculty or other Swiss Universities, with the agreement of their Master’s thesis director.

Within the MODULE of FREE CHOICE, students can choose to participate in our "Séminaire interfacultaire en environnement". 3 ECTS credits will be allocated for the full participation at this seminair.

List of recommended FREE CHOICE COURSES. This list has been established by MSc GSE students and teachers to give you an idea of the courses you could choose.

The Master thesis of 40 ECTS credits consists of a personal research project. It is due, in principle, at the end of the 4th semester. One of the instructors in the first year of compulsory courses must serve as a master thesis director or as a co-supervisor (rapporteur).

An intermediate research seminar that describes the progress of the Master’s thesis is scheduled, under normal circumstances, for the 3rd or 4th semester. This seminar is organised and evaluated by the master thesis director. The seminar’s successful completion is a prerequisite to the actual master thesis defence.

The Master’s thesis module and the 40 ECTS credits are validated if the grade, based upon the quality of the research, the quality of the written thesis and the oral defence is equal to or greater than 4.00.

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