M.Sc. On Campus

Earth Sciences (Geology)

24 months
1740 EUR/year
1380 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The "University of Bern-Fribourg Master in Earth Sciences (Geology)" is a joint program conducted by the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern and the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg.


The master's degree in Earth Sciences (Geology) at the University of Bern includes a mandatory coursework in earth sciences and an elective coursework on a broader range. You can specialize in today's important subfields of earth sciences during the master's degree. The master's thesis is a crucial part of the master's degree. You can choose the topic from a rich offer of research fields. The MSc thesis (60 ECTS) includes field or laboratory work or a combination of both, data evaluations and writing of the MSc thesis.

Job prospects

Geologists from Bern have exciting and varied job prospects. The education in Bern is characterized by its high degree of practical relevance. In most research fields, there are thesis possible in cooperation with geology and environmental offices or industry. That is why three quarters of our students then immediately find a job in these areas.

Programme Structure

There are five main subject areas in the Master program:

  • Earth and Life Evolution (ELE)
  • Earth Materials (EM)
  • Environmental and Resource Geochemistry (ERG) 
  • Geology (GEOL)
  • Pure and Applied Quaternary Sciences (PAQS)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can only apply after the regular closing date for applications if you do not require a visa for entering and residing in Switzerland. If you are applying late and require a visa for Switzerland, we will transfer your application to a later semester.




120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences from a Swiss university, or an equivalent degree
  • A different bachelor's degree from a university, provided at least 60 ECTS credits were earned in Earth Sciences during the bachelor’s degree program and that the master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum of 60 ECTS credits (admission requirements which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program).
  • Lectures and exercises at bachelor level are conducted in German.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1740 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    1380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 690 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • Regular tuition fee: CHF 750 per semester
  • Non-Swiss students: CHF 200 per semester, in addition to the regular tuition fee, if they did not have their civil law residence in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification to a bachelor's degree.

Living costs for Bern

1655 - 2130 CHF /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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