Geography, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • French, English
University rank #151 (ARWU) ,
The Master of Science in Geography allows to specialise in three fields: Urban Studies, Geomorphology and Management of Mountain Regions, and Development Studies.


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).


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

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

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


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

  • International Applies to you

    1070 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 535 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1070 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 535 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • CHF 580 per semester

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1700 - 2200 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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