M.Sc. Environmental Science

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR700 Year (Non-EEA)
  • French (Find a course)
Geneva Summer Schools-University of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
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Description of Environmental Science


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.

Available orientations:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climatology
  • Urban ecology
  • Energy
  • Water sciences
  • Environmental information systems

Academic calendar

Programme outline

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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.

Career opportunities

A Master in Environmental Science leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, in areas such as:

  • Physics, biology, economics, the humanities and social sciences
  • Government policy analysis
  • Implementation of Agenda-21
  • Urban, land-use and transport energy planning
  • Private sector consulting
  • Post-Kyoto international negotiations (2012 and beyond)
  • Environmental heritage management (e.g. biodiversity)
  • Administration
  • Politics
  • Scientific journalism.


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


Institute for Environmental Sciences:

Ms Catherine Cornut

T. +41 (0)22 379 07 97


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
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Master in Environmental Sciences

  • Core courses, 30 credits
  • Crosscutting courses, 15 credits
  • Thematic courses, 15 credits
  • Electives, 18 credits
  • Dissertation, 42 credits

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find French courses on Language Learning Portal.

Requirements for Environmental Science

Level of French required

No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones

Admission criteria

A Bachelor’s degree in Medicine or Economic and Social Sciences from UNIGE, or a degree deemed equivalent by the MUSE committee.


Work Experience for Environmental Science

No work experience is required.

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