Master of Science (MSc) in Biogeosciences

Video in French

General content

The Master of Sciences in Biogeosciences is the result of the integration of two fields of natural sciences: biology and geology. It reflects the emergence of new fields of research in the many areas of contact between these two disciplines.

The objective of this Master’s degree is to train you in the field of integrated natural sciences or Biogeosciences. It aims, through training based on the most modern techniques, to provide the essential knowledge and tools necessary for the discovery, understanding and management of natural environments in perpetual evolution on scales that are variable in time and space.

Practical information

University of Lausanne - Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
University of Neuchâtel - Faculty of Science

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Biogeosciences

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French, some courses in English. Recommended level: C1.

Admission requirements
Candidates must be holders of a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment, subject area Geology, awarded by the University of Lausanne or of a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Another degree or academic title may be judged equivalent and give access to the master’s degree course, with or without further conditions.

Final enrolment date
30 April. This programme starts at the autumn semester only.
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February (this time limit is applicable to enrolment at the UNIL only).

More information
Regulations and course descriptions

Career prospects

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, and so on.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities, notably in the following fields :

  • Federal and cantonal administrations
  • Non governmental organisations
  • Consulting firms
  • Conservation and management of nature
  • Conservation and management of soils
  • Academic careers

Alumni work in a variety of roles, for example: trainee in environmental education, environment and security specialist or project and communications manager.


Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 28 March 2019

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