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.
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.
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)
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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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.
DisciplinesEarth Sciences Geology Environmental Sciences View 14 other Masters in Environmental Sciences in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- 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.
International1740 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 870 EUR per semester during 24 months.
National1380 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased 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
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