The Master in Environmental Science is offered through the UNIGE Institute for Environmental Sciences by several faculties, including the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences. The programme deals with interactions between human societies and their environment. This issue is examined through multi- and interdisciplinary courses (first and second semesters), on the one hand, and thematic courses that explore key aspects of environmental sciences and sustainable development (third and fourth semesters), on the other. The biodiversity stream looks first at the fundamental aspects of this topic and then at the biodiversity of marine ecosystems. Courses in this stream partially overlap with those in the water sciences stream. Climatology examines atmospheric sciences, climate change and its impact on ecosystems and society. This stream is linked to the energy stream, which deals with both resources and their use based on principles of physics. Urban ecology looks at sustainable development issues in urban areas, including governance and health. The information systems stream examines data processing and modelling.
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Master in Environmental Sciences
Core courses, 30 credits
Crosscutting courses, 15 credits
Thematic courses, 15 credits
Electives, 18 credits
Dissertation, 42 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.
A Master in Environmental Science leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, in areas such as:
Faculty of Science: Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest-Ansermet, 1211 Geneve 4
T. +41 (0)22 379 66 61/62/63
Mr Xavier Chillier
T. +41 (0)22 379 67 15
Institute for Environmental Sciences:
Ms Catherine Cornut
T. +41 (0)22 379 07 97
2 years: 4 semesters (max. 6 semesters)
Master in Environmental Sciences
Level of French required
No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones
A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine or Economic and Social Sciences from UNIGE, or a degree deemed equivalent by the MUSE committee.
No work experience is required.
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