This involves a clear evaluation of risks and a definition of limits beyond which risks are unacceptable both for man and for nature. To implement these limits concretely within society calls for a precise evaluation of their consequences and the way in which different social groups perceive them.
Teaching on this Master´s degree therefore lays emphasis on the understanding of processes and their quantification, the estimation and management of risks, and an assessment of the feasibility and efficiency of possible actions. To this end, the programme is based on six fields of competence: environmental concerns, knowledge of basic mechanisms of the environment, knowledge of dangers and hazards and their representation, data analysis, regional development, construction and management of risks and their reductions.
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.
Evaluations may take the form of written or oral examinations, practical work, discussions, field trip reports or conference organisation.
Subject to the prior agreement of the mobility Commission, students enrolled on a Masterís 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.
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 courses off campus
Joint environmental project
20 ECTS credits
One free-choice area of specialisation
60 ECTS credits
1. Physical and Chemical Processes of the Environment
Stable Isotopes as Environmental Markers
Air, Soil and Water Pollution
2. Risk Analysis, Monitoring and Representation
Quantitative Advanced Risks and Vulnerability
Risks and Dangers Associated with Landslides
Analysis of Environmental Data
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
Within each specialisation there are optional blocks which allow the completion of compulsory courses
Methods and Risks
40 ECTS credits
Candidates must be holders of a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment degree awarded by the University of Lausanne, or of a Bachelorís 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 Masterís 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.
No work experience is required.
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