Environmental Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • English (take IELTS)
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Graduates will be qualified to become specialists and leading personnel in universities, research institutions, environmental and planning offices, local authorities and the relevant departments of banks, insurance companies and industrial enterprises.

The Master’s degree programme in Environmental Sciences offers majors in Atmosphere and Climate, Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Systems and Policy, Forest and Landscape Management and in Human Health, Nutrition and Environment. The major can be chosen regardless of the specialisation and of other elective subjects chosen in the Bachelor programme in Envoronmental Sciences ETHZ.

Prospective Master students are recommended to familiarise themselves with the requirements for their preferred major programme during the second year of their Bachelor’s studies.

The language of instruction for the Master’s degree is English.

Whether you are already studying at ETH Zurich or pursuing a Bachelor’s programme at an other University in Switzerland or abroad, you will find that our web pages offer a wealth of information about the Master’s degree programme.

Programme Structure

On the Master’s degree programme in Environmental Sciences, the following majors are offered:
  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Environmental Systems and Policy
  • Forest and Landscape Management
  • Human Health, Nutrition and Environment

A major can be chosen regardless of the specialisation chosen at Bachelor’s level and of other elective subjects. However, students are recommended to familiarise themselves with the requirements for the various majors during the second year of their Bachelor’s degree programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to a Master's degree programme at ETH Zurich you need to have a high-quality Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS or an equivalent first academic degree from an internationally recognized university.
  • The degree must be in a discipline qualifying for the chosen Master's degree programme. Your previous studies must comply in quality, depth and breadth with the requirement profile of the Master's degree programme.
  • Candidates from Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) can apply if certain conditions are fulfilled.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 532 International
  • EUR 532 EU/EEA
  • Tuition fee: CHF 580 per semester


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