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Our new Master of Science (MSC) in Environmental Science offers:


- an advanced scientific grounding
- an understanding of the fundamental links between the observation, modelling and monitoring of environmental phenomena
- an interdisciplinary approach
 

The teaching programme focuses on areas of study affected by both physical and chemical processes as well as the interactions between environmental disruptors and living organisms.

PREREQUISITE

Background necessary to follow the Master in Environmental Sciences

If you have a Bachelor degree (120 ECTS) in Geosciences, or in an equivalent domain, you should have the necessary background. Otherwise, consider that to take the classes listed in the MSc study plan, a student should have general knowledge on (see the syllabus below for more details):

  1. Mathematics
  2. Probability and statistics
  3. Physics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Hydrology & geomorphology

Some technical skills are also essential for this Master.

  1. Computer programming. Content of “Modélisation numérique”: MATLAB /PYTHON, but proficiency in any scientific/engineering programming language is enough to succeed (look also https://wp.unil.ch/risk/online-resources/). Syllabus of «Modélisation numérique »
  2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and cartography (practical experience)

Orientation A - Aquatic science

Suggested reading reading to prepare you for the Master:

  • "Wetzel's Limnology, Lake and River Ecosystems" by Ian Jones, John Smol

Orientation B - Natural hazards and risk

Suggested reading reading to prepare you for the Master:

  • "Near-Surface Applied Geophysics" by Everett.
  • "Hillslope Materials and Processes" by Selby.
  • "Risk: An Introduction: The Concepts of Risk, Danger and Chance" by Ale.
  • "Environmental Hazards: Assessing Risk and Reducing Disaster" by Smith.

Orientation C - Earth surface processes in mountain environments

Suggested reading reading to prepare you for the Master:

  • "Geomorphology: The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes" by Anderson R. and Anderson S.  – 2010 Cambridge University Press

Syllabus_Bachelor  (86 Ko)

The Master's program and its three orientations

The Master's program includes compulsory courses organized in two core modules, targetting the acquisition of key methological and numerical skills.

The Master's students can choose between three orientation modules

Natural hazards and risk or

Aquatic science or

Earth surface processes in mountain Environmnents

In the first year, students will take compulsory courses from two core modules and their chosen orientation module. In the second year, students complete free-choice courses along with their Master’s thesis.

This curriculum of 120 ECTS credits has a duration of four semesters after the Bachelor's degree. All compulsory courses are given in English (C1 recommended level).

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Degree awarded

Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Geoscience, orientation in Natural hazards and risk

Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Geoscience, orientation in Aquatic science

Registration

Applications to the Master's program opens in March-April every year.  

The registration procedure is detailed here and practical information provided here.

 

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