Environmental Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English (book IELTS)


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

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • 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

  • International Applies to you

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 542 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1084 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 542 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • CHF 580 per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1900 - 3000 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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