Geography, M.Sc.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    535
    Tuition (Semester)
    535
    Tuition (Semester)
  • French, English
    Language
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The Master of Science in Geography allows to specialise in three fields: Urban Studies, Geomorphology and Management of Mountain Regions, and Development Studies.

About

The programme offers:
  • an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of Geosciences and Environmental Sciences ;
  • a general reflection on the organisation of territories, of technical networks and of spatial, natural and human systems on different spatial scales ;
  • an in-depth reflection on the transformations of urban spaces in a perspective of sustainable development : eco-urban planning, city policies, urban planning;
  • an in-depth study of the natural dynamics of the Alpine environment and its evolution linked to climatic changes, socio-economic changes and territorial development ;
  • a critical analysis of the diversity and complexity of the socio - economic and environmental transformations of southern countries ;
  • an emphasis in teaching on the use of quantitative methods (Spatial Analysis, Geomatics, Geovisualisation).
You choose between four specialisations:
  • Urban Studies, Sustainable Urban Development and Territorial Development
  • Geomorphology and Management of Mountain Regions
  • Development and Environment
  • Spatial Analysis and Complex Systems

Programme Structure

The first three semesters are dedicated to training and the start of research work. After a period of general preparation, the training continues in the specialisation module in the second and third semesters.

The subject area Urban Studies is based largely on human geography. It includes two optional subjects. On the one hand, the sub-ject «Sustainable Town Planning and Urban Projects» is based on a study of the envi-ronmental challenges of sustainable urban development and analysis of urban projects viewed from the perspective of ecological town planning. On the other hand, the subject «City Systems and Spatial Analysis» broadens theoretical and practical knowledge of spatial analysis and analysis of geographical informa-tion networks and systems (GIS).

The “Geomorphology and Management of Mountain Regions”orientation, with a strong grounding in Geomorphology and a focus on the study of environmental dynamics in high mountain regions, concentrates in particular on the reaction of permafrost to climatic changes and the evolution of alpine landscapes due to the combined effects of environmental and socioeconomic changes.

The “Development Studies” specialisation is orientated towards the study of economic, social, political and ecological transformation in the countries of the south. Development is described in rural and urban contexts, especial-ly in Africa and Asia. Apart from the scientific analyses, training emphasises apprenticeship in the instruments used in international coopera-tion. The fourth semester is devoted essentially to writing the dissertation in the subject of the chosen orientation. The last two semesters can lead to more specific training as part of a work placement or an international placement certificate (practical training).

Examinations

Various evaluation methods are used. Practical tests, seminars and ongoing checks are carried out in principle during course periods. Written and oral examinations are held during the Faculty’s scheduled examination sessions. The Master’s dissertation is a personal research activity carried out under the responsibility of a Faculty teacher. This activity is the subject matter of a written document (dissertation). The Master’s diploma is awarded following its oral presentation and defence.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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: French, some courses in English. Recommended level: C1.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

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

Funding

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