Environmental Geosciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    535
    Tuition (Semester)
    535
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English, French (take IELTS)
    Language
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Human activities are a regular cause of imbalances in natural systems and the societies that depend upon them, on the local, regional or global scale. Understanding the underlying physical, chemical and biological processes is essential for resolving contemporary environmental problems.
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About

This understanding is represented in the form of models that allow informed management decisions to be made. However, these models must take into account data gathered through observation and monitoring of the phenomena concerned. Otherwise, the information they provide will be of little real value.

The Master of Science in Environmental Geosciences provides not only an adequate scientific grounding, but also an understanding of the fundamental links between the observation, modelling and monitoring of environmental phenomena, as each of these aspects enhances the credibility and quality of the other two. This combination also provides a deeper understanding of the phenomena themselves.

The teaching programme focuses on areas of study affected by both physical and chemical processes (for example, water tables, landslides, landfills, diffuse or concentrated pollution), as well as the interactions between environmental disruptors and living organisms. Through this interdisciplinary approach, future professionals are trained to acquire the capacity to confront the increasingly complex interactions between the critical zone, ecosystems and human activities.

  • Career Prospects

The aim of the syllabus is to train students to describe, understand and model physical and chemical processes of both natural and anthropogenic origin. For this purpose, they will need to master and know how to use quantitative methodologies in environmental science (field measurements, laboratory work and data analysis), as well as how to choose appropriate techniques for the evaluation and monitoring of environmental problems. They will have to address the issues related to a theme on the theoretical and empirical foundations of natural science, while taking into account the complexity, uncertainties and limits of knowledge concerning environmental processes.

Moreover, university studies develop a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas. This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as those mentioned in the «Career prospects» section.

  • Research institutes
  • Consulting firms
  • Branches of the Public Administration responsible for environmental policies
  • Non-governmental organisations dedicated to environmental protection
  • Environmental management in companies

Programme Structure

The common module comprises introductory courses with a cross-disciplinary dimension. Through transverse activities and teaching it gives students insight into the multidisciplinary nature of the environment.The specialisation module allows the student to choose one of the following subject areas:

  • Physical and Chemical Processes of the Environment

  • Risk Analysis, Monitoring and Representation

  • Environmental Social Issues.This module includes compulsory blocks, optional blocks, and finally the possibility of a free choice of course credits. The dissertation constitutes the final course module.

Examinations

Evaluations may take the form of written or oral examinations, practical work, discussions, field trip reports or conference organisation.

Mobility

Subject to the prior agreement of the mobility Commission, students enrolled on a Master’s cycle may study for one or two semesters in an institution recognised by UNIL while con-tinuing to be registered with the University of Lausanne.

Skills development

University studies develop, in addition to spe-cific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and trans-mission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of stud-ies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as those mentioned in the «Career prospects» section.

Common module

  • Common courses off campus

  • Environmental seminar

  • Communication courses

  • Joint environmental project

  • Etc.

20 ECTS credits

Specialisation module

One free-choice area of specialisation

60 ECTS credits

1. Physical and Chemical Processes of the Environment

  • Stable Isotopes as Environmental Markers

  • Environmental Biochemistry

  • Air, Soil and Water Pollution

  • Etc.

2. Risk Analysis, Monitoring and Representation

  • Quantitative Advanced Risks and Vulnerability

  • Risks and Dangers Associated with Landslides

  • Analysis of Environmental Data

  • Etc.

3. Environmental Social Issues

  • Representation and Social Construction of Risks

  • Analysis of Environmental Controversies

  • Ethics of the Environment and Sustainable Development

  • Territorial Risk and Policy

  • Urban Agriculture

  • Etc.

Within each specialisation there are optional blocks which allow the completion of compulsory courses

  • Analytical Methods

  • Methods and Risks

Dissertation

  • 40 ECTS credits

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 570

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 88

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Candidates must be holders of a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment degree awarded by the University of Lausanne, or of a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Environmental Studies or Earth Sciences awarded by a Swiss university. Another degree or academic title may be judged equivalent and give access to the Master’s degree course, with or without further conditions.

Teaching language: Mainly French, with a few courses in English. Recommended level: C1. The dissertation may be written in English.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 535 International
  • EUR 535 EU/EEA
  • CHF 580 per semester

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