Teaching program

New in 2021 - new orientation : Earth surface processes in mountain environments

Subject to the approval of the regulations and the study plan by the competent authorities

STUDY PLAN 2021/2023

The detailed study plan is available below

Plan d'études 2021  (440 Ko)

Curriculum 2021/2023

The Master of Science in Environmental Science 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 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).

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.


The Master's programme is organised into four parts. In the first year, students take compulsory courses from two core modules and their chosen orientation module:

Part 1: Core modules

  • Foundations in environmental science
  • Environmental data and systems analysis

Part 2: Orientation module

  • Aquatic Science
  • Natural Hazards and Risk
  • Earth surface processes in mountain environments

In the second year, students complete free-choice courses along with their Master's thesis.

Part 3: Free choice course module

Part 4: Master's thesis


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.