Master of Science in Environmental Science

General presentation of MSc ENVI

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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.

Durée des études du MSc GEO

 Duration: 4 semesters to max. 6

Nombre de crédits ECTS du MSc GEO

 Credit: 120 ECTS

Langue des cours du MSc GEO

 Language: English level C1

Coûts études MSc GEO

 Cost: CHF 580.-/semester

Training the next-generation of environmental professionals

Human activities are a regular cause of imbalances in natural systems and the societies that depend upon them, at the local, regional, and global scales. Understanding the underlying physical, chemical and biological processes is essential for resolving contemporary environmental problems.

While environmental data are now being produced at high frequency and high resolution, there are still very few professionals that are adequately trained to deal and make sense of this huge data flow. The understanding of environmental issues is represented in the form of numerical  methods and models that allow informed management decisions to be made. However, such models must take into account data gathered through observation and monitoring of the phenomena concerned. Otherwise, the information they provide will be of little real value.

The Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental Science does not only provide an appropriate scientific basis in environmental geoscience, but it also addresses how the environmental data flow can be used to better inform environmental modeling, and how modeling can be used to make predictions from monitoring data. It addresses application areas that are affected by both physical and chemical processes (e.g., groundwater systems, landslides, landfills, point- and diffuse sources), as well as the interaction of environmental stressors with the biota. This interdisciplinarity will help to form professionals that are capable to address increasingly complex interactions between the critical zone, different biomes, and human activity.

In order to promote the integration of our master's students into the professional world, the new study plan for the master's degree in Environmental Sciences will make it possible for students to carry out long-term internships (up to one semester) in public institutions or companies and to be credited up to 20 ECTS.


Career prospects

• Research institutes
• Consulting firms
• Branches of the public administration responsible for environmental policy
• Non-governmental organisations dedicated to environmental protection
• Environmental management in companies

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