12 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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Knowledge in natural sciences and interconnected thinking enables students of Earth System Science at University of Zurich to understand events in different spheres of the Earth. Students of Earth System Science observe everything from the smallest elements to the whole planet. Starting with the Big Bang in the calculation of time, they make predictions for the future.


Humans are increasingly influencing the Earth’s natural system. The consequences are noticeable at multiple scales from a local, regional and global level. These interactions between the use of natural resources and environmental changes are at the heart of Earth System Science.

About the program:

  • The Bachelor's program in Earth System Science at University of Zurich brings together subject-specific knowledge and fosters interdisciplinarity.
  • Students use a range of scientific methods such as observations, experiments, models and simulations. Recognizing different processes in all areas of the earth, from the high mountains to the depths of the oceans, forms the basis for new findings in Earth System Science.
  • Computer simulations using innovative numerical methods are becoming increasingly important for integrating different data and interactions. With the knowledge of the global processes that control the internal dynamics of our Earth, scenarios for the future can be developed from the diagnosis of the past. This requires intensive cooperation between different scientific disciplines, such as paleontology, geochemistry, remote sensing, geography, environmental science, geology and biology.
  • Participation in excursions, the implementation of small research projects, laboratory exercises and internships offer the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in practice throughout the study program.
  • This Master's study program provides in-depth training regarding geo-biosphere, hydro-atmosphere and human-environment relations in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the Earth system along with its interactions and correlations between those systems.
  • Students learn to apply theories, methods and approaches from certain fields in Earth System Sciences to problems in research and practice, and to critically classify and reflect on these. Students are able to defend a position on a scientific basis and to critically reflect on and defend their own research results within a scientific discussion.

Earth system scientists may find job opportunities in the following fields:

  • Science and Research
  • Industry and Public Sector
  • Teaching and Training

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Current Themes in Earth System Science
  • Earth System Observations and Analyses
  • Environmental Archives and Age Determination
  • Political Geography
  • Solving Geospatial Problems using Matlab
  • Theoretical Ecology
  • Data Information Literacy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s diploma or a degree that is at least equivalent from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.
  • The degree program must last at least three years (of regular full-time study: 180 ECTS credits or equivalent workload).
  • The diploma must be state-accredited (no equivalency certificates or university-internal confirmations of the successful completion of interim sections).
  • The diploma must grant entitlement to undertake a consecutive Master’s program at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.
  • You must fulfill the requirements of the Master’s study program in question; in other words, you must have the knowledge and skills required for the Master’s study program. 
  • These requirements are set on the basis of the quality, content and scope of, and the level of skills imparted in, one or more Bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Zurich.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 12 months.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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