Environmental Sciences

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

24 months
1196 EUR/year
1196 EUR/year
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The Master’s degree programme in Environmental Sciences at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology forms the basis for scientific work at a high academic level, trains students to handle complex problems and teaches them skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers.

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Graduates will be qualified to become specialists and leading personnel in universities, research institutions, environmental and planning offices, local authorities and the relevant departments of banks, insurance companies and industrial enterprises.

The Master’s degree programme in Environmental Sciences offers majors in Atmosphere and Climate, Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Systems and Policy, Forest and Landscape Management and in Human Health, Nutrition and Environment. The major can be chosen regardless of the specialisation and of other elective subjects chosen in the Bachelor programme in Envoronmental Sciences ETHZ.

Prospective Master students are recommended to familiarise themselves with the requirements for their preferred major programme during the second year of their Bachelor’s studies.

The language of instruction for the Master’s degree is English.

Whether you are already studying at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology or pursuing a Bachelor’s programme at an other University in Switzerland or abroad, you will find that our web pages offer a wealth of information about the Master’s degree programme.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Atmosphere and Climate
  • Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Environmental Systems and Policy
  • Forest and Landscape Management
  • Human Health, Nutrition and Environment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to a Master's degree programme at ETH Zurich you need to have a high-quality Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 180 ECTS or an equivalent first academic degree from an internationally recognized university.
  • The degree must be in a discipline qualifying for the chosen Master's degree programme. Your previous studies must comply in quality, depth and breadth with the requirement profile of the Master's degree programme.
  • Candidates from Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen) can apply if certain conditions are fulfilled.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1196 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 598 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1196 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 598 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

660 CHF 


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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