Master in Geology

University of Geneva

Program Description

Master in Geology

University of Geneva


Master in Geology

The Master in Geology is an advanced programme in Earth Sciences that combines basic science and practical applications. It is a joint programme of the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Ecole lémanique des sciences de la Terre - ELSTE), and provides vast academic and practical expertise covering most branches of the Earth sciences. Particular focus is placed on reservoir geology (water, oil), sedimentology, global changes, metalliferous deposits, geochronology and geochemistry, natural dangers and volcanology. Students have access to high-tech methods and laboratories and are involved in field studies on all continents, in cooperation with academic, research and industry partners.


  • Geochemistry-Alpine Tectonics-Ore Deposits
  • Geological risk
  • Sedimentary, Environmental, and Reservoir Geology


  • Required courses and field work (24Credits)
  • Required courses and field work, limited electives (24Credits)
  • Free electives (24Credits)
  • Research and dissertation (24Credits)


Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master’s degree.


The Master in Geology leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, including:

  • Construction of large-scale civil engineering projects
  • Resolution and management of ecological, environmental and land-use problems
  • Natural disaster risk prevention
  • Teaching and scientific research (secondary schools, higher education, museums)
  • Research on and/or exploitation of natural resources (ore, water, building materials) or energy resources (oil and gas, geothermics), etc.

Admission Criteria

A Bachelor in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Geneva, a Bachelor in Geosciences and Environment with a concentration in geology from the University of Lausanne, or a degree deemed equivalent, upon completion of up to 30 credits of supplementary courses.


Deadline: 30 April 2017*
(28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations)

*Candidates who hold a Swiss Bachelor or equivalent degree and have not been able to meet this deadline may contact the Faculty’s academic advisor and the person in charge of the Master’s programme to find out if it is possible to join the course.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

Last updated November 17, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb., 2017
4 semesters
Full time
Apr. 30, 2017
28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations
Start date Feb., 2017
Switzerland Geneva
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations
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Duration 4 semesters
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