Master of Arts (MA) in Foundations and Practices of Sustainability


General content

The focus of the Master’s degree in Foundations and Practices of Sustainability is on so-called “strong” sustainability, that is to say the challenges associated with the reduction and limitation of flows of energy and matter, so that our economic activities become once again compatible with the biosphere and its many processes.

Its objective is to train future protagonists who have the capacity to lead and support the transition of our societies towards ecologically and socially sustainable solutions. It aims to transmit the tools needed for analysis and reflection as well as the know-how required to establish a link between theoretical principles and innovative practices capable of meeting the challenges of the ecological transition.

Practical information

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
School of Geosciences and Environment

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MS) in Foundations and Practices of Sustainability

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level : C1.

Admission requirements
The candidate must satisfy the conditions for registration and enrolment at the University of Lausanne and hold a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a Swiss or foreign university. After reviewing the application file, a study upgrade may be requested. If the upgrade exceeds 60 credits, admission is refused.
Holders of a BSc in Geosciences and Environment from the University of Lausanne are admitted without conditions.

Enrolment and final dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only.
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.
Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

More information
Website of the Master
Regulations and course descriptions

Career prospects

At the end of the Master’s degree course, you will be able to understand and analyse the major contemporary environmental issues in the light of the humanities applied to the environment, to evaluate the proposed solutions with a reflexive and critical approach, to perform case analyses and to propose solutions based on the knowledge acquired, to conduct a project, to identify and prioritise information using different supports, and to communicate and argue on environmental issues.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as :

  • Consultancy firms specialising in sustainability strategies
  • Public administrations responsible for environmental policy
  • Associations and movements dedicated to environmental protection
  • Research institutions
  • Environmental management in companies
  • Journalism
  • Starting your own business

Alumni work in a variety of roles, for example: trainee in environmental education, environment and security specialist or project and communications manager.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 8 April 2024

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