Master of Science (MSc) in Geography

Student testimonial (in French)


General content

The programme offers :

  • an interdisciplinary programme at the interface of Geosciences and Environmental Sciences;
  • a general reflection on the organisation of territories, of technical networks and of spatial, natural and human systems on different spatial scales;
  • a reflection on the transformations of urban spaces in a perspective of sustainable development : eco-urban planning, city policies, urban planning;
  • a study of socioeconomic, cultural and environmental transitions in mountain regions ;
  • a critical analysis of the diversity and complexity of the socio - economic and environmental transformations of southern countries;
  • an emphasis in teaching on the use of quantitative methods (Spatial Analysis, Geomatics, Geovisualisation).

You choose between four orientations:

  • Sustainable Urban and Spatial Planning
  • Mountain Territories and Environments
  • Development and Environment
  • Spatial Analysis and Complex Systems
Practical information

Faculty of Geosciences and Environment
School of Geosciences and Environment

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Geography orientation "Sustainable Urban Development and Spatial Planning",  "Mountain Territories and Environments", "Development and Environment" or "Spatial Analysis and Complex Systems"

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French, some courses in English. Recommended level : C1.

Admission requirements
Candidates must be holders of a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences and Environment, subject area Geography or Environmnental Sciences, awarded by the University of Lausanne, or of a Bachelor’s degree in Geography or Environmental Studies awarded by a Swiss university.
Another degree or academic title may be judged equivalent and give access to the Master’s degree course, with or without further 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
Regulations and courses descriptions

Career prospects

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, and so on.

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:

  • Town Planning departments
  • Development offices
  • Coordination of regional development projects
  • Sustainable urban development consultancy
  • Practical work in relation to the mountain environment
  • Practical work in relation to development in southern countries
  • Teaching
  • Research

Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a sustainable development officer or coordinator of the North Lausanne Development Plan.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 30 March 2023

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