Welcome to the BGS Master

| Presentation of the Master | Skills developed and job opportunities


Presentation of the Master

In the fall of 2009, Lausanne and Neuchâtel universities jointly started offering a Master in Biogeosciences.

This Master in Sciences in Biogeosciences is the result of the integration of two domains of natural sciences : biology and geology. It emergences from new fields of research at the multiple frontiers of these two disciplines. Its main objective is to prepare students for new trans-disciplinary fields, based on an integrated approach of natural and man-made environments.

This Master program, which is completely unique, proposes an all-encompassing understanding of nature, both pluridisciplinary and multiscalar. It offers a strong scientific potential and high quality teaching in practical work, a large component of labortory work and field work. The training is completed by a personal research thesis.

The Master in Biogeosciences is jointly organized by the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Neuchatel and the Faculty of Geosciences and Environment at the University of Lausanne.


Skills developed and job opportunities

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic knowledge, a large number of traversal skills such as : oral and written communication, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis, conducting research, learning and transmission of knowledge, autonomy and formation of judgement in a specialized area and in closely related domains.

This array of skills, associated with specialized knowledge acquired during the course of study, prepares the student for professional functions and diversified sectors, such as :

  • research and development in environmental sciences
  • federal and cantonal administration
  • non-governmental administration
  • engineering consulting firms
  • conservation and nature management
  • conservation and soil management
  • environmental health
  • geological material industries
  • academic career

For any other general information on studies or professional opportunities, orientation help :


> Quotation

"When chemists have brought their knowledge out of their special laboratories in the laboratory of the world, where chemical combinations are and have been through all time going on in such vast proportions, -- when physicists study the laws of moisture, of clouds and storms, in past periods as well as in the present, -- when, in short, geologists and zoologists are chemists and physicists, and vice versa, -- then we shall learn more of the changes the world has undergone than is possible now that they are separately studied."

Louis Agassiz, Geological Sketches, 1866, 73.


> Reference

Essai de Phytostatique, appliqué à la chaîne du Jura et aux contrées voisines :

"[...] il faudrait, pour traiter les questions relatives à l'influence des sols sur la végétation, des délégués des deux sciences, ou plutôt, des investigateurs revêtus à la fois du double caractère de botaniste et de géologue."

(Tome I de Jules Thurmann, publié en 1849, réédité en 2006 par Elibron Classics)

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