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Earth Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #201 (WUR) ,
This programme of study in Earth Sciences consists of a joint programme run by the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg and the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern. Students profit from the expanded number of lecturers and researchers, and from the specialised geological know-how and facilities at both institutions.

About

Taught in English, it includes a choice from five options: «Earth and Life Evolution» (an exploration of the evolution of the geosphere and the biosphere); «Earth Materials» (a multidisciplinary approach to geology and material sciences); «Environmental and Resource Geochemistry» (the chemical and physical interaction between aqueous fluids and the solid substrate); Geology (the understanding of geological processes and the results thereof in space and time, ranging from unconsolidated soil to solid rock on both small and large scales); «Pure and Applied Quaternary Sciences» (an integrated approach to quaternary sediments).

Have your Bachelor's studies infected you with a fascination for Geology? Do you wish to train for an exciting career in research or industry? The Master of Science in Earth Sciences (BEFRI) is a joint programme run by the Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of Bern and the Department of Geosciences at the University of Fribourg within the framework of the inter-university «BEFRI» Convention.

With only a twenty minute train trip separating the two universities, students profit from the expanded number of lecturers and researchers, and from the specialised geological know-how and facilities at both institutions. The merger of capabilities allows an exciting and varied curriculum to be offered in a two-year degree taught in English.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Earth and Life Evolution
  • Earth Materials
  • Environmental and Resource Geochemistry
  • Geology
  • Pure and Applied Quaternary Sciences

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Master's degree programmes are built on the knowledge and abilities that were acquired when obtaining a Bachelor's degree.

Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university can be admitted to a Master's degree programme within the corresponding discipline without any additional requirements. 

Holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded from a Swiss university or holders of a Bachelor's degree awarded by a foreign university, provided that the Bachelor's degree is recognised and considered equivalent by the University of Fribourg, can be admitted to a Master's degree programme within another discipline with prerequisites.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1378 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 689 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    1120 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 560 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Fribourg

  • 1330 - 1960 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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