Future students

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BGS Master's students


Admission is automatic for all future students who have obtained a BSc in the branch of biology or geology/earth sciences in Switzerland. For the other candidates, an admission on file will be necessary and requested.

Deadline to register for the academic year 2025/2026: April 30, 2025 (UNIL and UNINE)

Please privilege your registration with the University, which is as close as possible to your course, biology course at the University of Neuchâtel and geology course at the University of Lausanne. If upgrades are required, the courses to be made up will be in the domain of the University of Registration: all biology at the UNINE and all of the Earth Sciences at the UNIL. Students coming from HES can register either at UNIL or UNINE, but their upgrading and content will not be identical.

Conditions of admission

Students wishing to register for the Master in Biogeosciences must have one of the following the following prerequisites :

  • a University Bachelor Degree in Science in geosciences and environment orientation geology awarded by the Faculty of geosciences and environment at the University of Lausanne ;

  • a University Bachelor Degree in Science from a Swiss university, in a branch related to biology or earth sciences ;

  • another University Bachelor Degree or a degree judged equivalent by competent services of each university, with preauthorization of the Scientific Committee.

If the University Bachelor Degree has not been obtained in one of the aforementioned branches, the Scientific Committee can propose admission with a precondition or supplementary coursework. These complementary studies should not exceed 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. The execution of these studies are stated in writing between the student and the Faculty responsible for the management of his/her degree course.

Admission is made official by the competent department of the University registration, with the preauthorization of the Scientific Committee. 

You can fin these informations in the rules and study plan of MSc BGS (FR).


Description of the Master

The objective of this Master program is to train high level scientists in the area of integrated natural sciences or biogeosciences. Using the most modern techniques, it aims to give fundamental knowledge and the tools necessary for the discovery, the comprehension and the management of natural environments in perpetual evolution at variable scales of time and space.

Please read too the "NQF" learning objectifs of MSc BGS (right column, in FR).

At the end of these studies, the successful student graduates with the title of « University Master in Science in Biogeosciences ».


To foreign students with a scholarship

Foreign students who have obtained a scholarship should keep in mind that this scholarshp is for one year only (in general). If no solution can be found during the second year of the Master, foreign students who return home will have the possibility to obtain a certificate attesting a full year's training in Biogeosciences. 


Duration studies of MSc BGS

Duration: 4 to 6 semesters maximum

ECTS Credits of MSc BGS

Credit: 120 ECTS credits

Courses language of MSc BGS

Language: French level C1, some courses in English

Courses location of MSc BGS

Location: Lausanne and Neuchâtel


Computer skills required

In order to be able to take this Master's program, especially for students who have completed a foreign Bachelor's degree, you need at least to have acquired computer skills such as data processing with a statistical software (e.g. , SYSTAT, MATLAB, SPSS) or programming software (e.g. R, PYTHON), word processing, table design and presentation creation.


Professional opportunities

For more information on the career opportunities of the MSc BGS, go to the "What do they become?" page below (in French).


Presentation movie
(in French)

Testimonial from a student
(in French)


Complete description of the Master

Description of the BGS Master


BGS Master's grants

You can find information how to obtain a master's grants in your immatriculations university

Université de NeuchâtelUniversité de Lausanne