24 months
1740 EUR/year
1380 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Master in Climate Sciences program at the University of Bern provides a broad range of courses and training opportunities for the future climate scientist and climate professional. It facilitates both a general qualification in the field of climate sciences and a sound expertise in an elective climate-related topic.


The Master in Climate Sciences program at the University of Bern promotes interdisciplinary cooperation and teamwork and combines education and research in an excellent network of units and faculty members. Studying Climate Sciences at the University of Bern has an international flavor; more than thirty percent of the students have an international background and the courses are held in English. The master's degree in Climate Sciences opens the door for a scientific or a professional career.

As a student of Climate Sciences, you become part of the Graduate School of Climate Sciences, which is operated by the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research. You assemble your curriculum from a broad range of elective courses in the fields of climate and atmospheric sciences, economics and social sciences. In addition, you can take selected courses at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich). You carry out your master thesis project at one oft he research units affiliated to the Graduate School of Climate Sciences. Your tailor-made curriculum and the master thesis will lead to one of five specializations.


The Master in the Climate Sciences program is designed to train specialists for economic, research and administrative tasks related to climate and climate change. The tailor-made curriculum gives you the required scientific knowledge and personal skill to take leadership in these areas.

Programme Structure

  • The Master of Climate Sciences curriculum consists of 120 ECTS. Of these, a number of 8 ECTS are compulsory courses, 52 ECTS are elective courses to be taken at the University of Bern or at the ETH Zurich, and 60 ECTS are reserved for the master thesis. The program equals the workload of 4 semesters (2 years) full-time study.
  • Alternatively, you may wish to write a master thesis of 30 ECTS at the University of Bern and  complete an external internship of 30 ECTS.

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.


English, French, German


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 from a university or an equivalent or higher degree in any area of Natural Sciences or Technology
  • For the special qualifications in Economics and in Economic, Social and Environmental History, a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in the relevant branches of studies (e.g. B A in History, B Sc in Economics) is required

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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