M.Sc. Environmental Sciences

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR580 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR580 per Semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology | Zurich, Switzerland
<p> The MSc in Environmental Sciences offers a broad research-based education in the environmental sciences.</p>



The MSc in Environmental Sciences imparts the ability to address complex and interdisciplinary issues at a high scientific level and thus provides the basis for an academic career. Students also acquire the competences necessary to work as innovative and flexible leaders in society, science and the economy.
The programme offers six specialisations. An 18-week internship in Switzerland or abroad enables students to address environmental questions in a non-academic setting. A six-month Master´s thesis in which what is learned is applied to a concrete scientific issue completes the programme.

  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Forest and Landscape Management
  • Human-Environment Systems
  • Human Health, Nutrition and Environment

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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    General deadline, applies to everyone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR 580 per semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 580 per semester (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Tuition 580 CHF + student fees CHF 64 per semester. ETH Zurich offers a number of scholarships for outstanding students within the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme and the Master Scholarship Programme.
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

As a general rule the Master course in environmental sciences will last four semesters. Students are required to achieve a total of 120 Credits (C) to obtain the MSc degree. This composes of the following modules:
- Chosen Major (40 C)
- Minors, Optional Subjects (20 C)
- Profesional Training (30 C)
- Master's Thesis (30 C)

Professional Goals: The students gain expertise and methodological competence in their chosen in-depth course (Majors). Supplementary subjects enable the broadening and increasing of specialized knowledge or also allow students who change courses to fill in gaps and perhaps repeat fundamentals.

Multidisciplinary Goals: Independent of the in-depth course, students learn to work scientifically, e.g. to search the literature, to analyze and compile scientific texts, to plan and carry out tests, to work out project proposals as well as to manage projects. The master course gives the opportunity of gaining personal experience in these areas.
As a specific environmental science competency, students learn to analyze environmental problems in their entire natural science, technical and social science complexity and to work out solution strategies in cooperation with key players. Work experience enables the practical implementation of their problem solving knowledge.

Social and Communication Goals: The study course promotes overall communication skills and teamwork. In particular, facilities are offered for learning and applying lecturing techniques, leading groups and discussions, scientific writing skills, intercommunication skills as well as learning how to recognize and deal with conflict situations.

English Language Requirements


The equivalent of an ETH Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering. See www.admission.ethz.ch/master for details.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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