Description of Geology


The Master in Geology is an advanced programme in Earth Sciences that combines basic science and practical applications. It is a joint programme of the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne´s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Ecole lémanique des sciences de la Terre - ELSTE), and provides vast academic and practical expertise covering most branches of the Earth sciences. Particular focus is placed on reservoir geology (water, oil), sedimentology, global changes, metalliferous deposits, geochronology and geochemistry, natural dangers and volcanology. Students have access to high-tech methods and laboratories and are involved in field studies on all continents, in cooperation with academic, research and industry partners.

Available orientations:

  • Geochemistry-Alpine Tectonics-Ore Deposits
  • Geological risk
  • Sedimentary, Environmental, and Reservoir Geology

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Programme outline

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Master in Geology

Required courses and field work, 24 credits

Required courses and field work, limited electives, 24 credits

Free electives, 10 credits

Research and dissertation, 60 credits


Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master´s degree.

Career opportunities

The Master in Geology leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, including:

  • Research on and/or exploitation of natural resources (ore, water, building materials) or energy resources (oil and gas, geothermics);
  • Construction of large-scale civil engineering projects;
  • Resolution and management of ecological, environmental and land-use problems;
  • Natural disaster risk prevention;
  • Teaching and scientific research (secondary schools, higher education, museums).


Faculty of Science: Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest-Ansermet, 1211 Geneve 4

Student affairs:

T. +41 (0)22 379 66 61/62/63

Academic advisor:

Mr Xavier Chillier

T. +41 (0)22 379 67 15

Earth and Environmental Sciences section:

Ms Rossana Martini

T. +41 (0)22 379 66 12

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 April
Tuition fee
  • EUR 700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 700 Year (EEA)
500 CHF / semester During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.
Start date September  2016 Students who require an entry visa to Switzerland are strongly advised to apply by 28 February 2014.
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

2 years: 4 semesters (max. 6 semesters)

Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
  • English
  • French
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Master in Geology:

  • Required courses and field work, 24 credits
  • Required courses and field work, limited electives, 24 credits
  • Free electives, 10 credits
  • Research and dissertation, 60 credits

Requirements for Geology

Level of French required

No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones

Admission criteria

A Bachelor in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva, a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment with a concentration in geology from the University of Lausanne, or a degree deemed equivalent, upon completion of up to 30 credits of supplementary courses.

Work Experience for Geology

No work experience is required.

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