Master of Science (MSc) in Earth Sciences

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General content

The Master of Science in Geology allows you to benefit from advanced teaching in different specialist fields of geology according to the chosen orientation, namely:

  • Sedimentary Geology, Environmental Geology, Geology of Reservoirs
  • Geochemistry, Alpine Tectonics, Ore Deposits
  • Geological Risks

Regardless of which orientation is followed, students receive in-depth training in field work and numerous analytical techniques, as well as in the processing of quantitative data and modelling.

Practical information

Lake Geneva School of Earth Sciences (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva and Faculty of Geosciences and Environment of the University of Lausanne)

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Geology

ECTS Crédits

4 semestres

Teaching language
French/English. Recommended level : C1. The degree course may be followed entirely in English.

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 Earth Sciences awarded by the University of Geneva. Another degree or academic title may be judged equivalent and give access to the Master’s degree course, with or without further conditions.

Enrolment and final dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only.
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.
Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February (this time limit is applicable to enrolment at the UNIL only).

More information
Course descriptions

Career Prospects

In addition to specialist academic knowledge and abilities, the Master of Science in Geology develops a large number of skills such as : oral and written communication, discernment, analytical and summarising skills, research experience, and so on. This range of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired during studies, prepares students for a very varied range of professions and careers, including:

  • Consultants in Applied Geology
  • Environmental Consultants
  • Oil Industry Research
  • Mining Industry
  • Engineering Industry
  • Cantonal/Federal Administration
  • Academic careers

Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a geologist, group leader for polluted sites and soil, laboratory manager or petrophysicist.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 25 February 2021

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