Consecutive Master: Geography, Earth System Science


The Department of Geography offers the following options for a consecutive Master's degree:


  • General Geography
  • Emphasis on Physical Geography
  • Emphasis on Human Geography
  • Emphasis on Remote Sensing
  • Emphasis on Geographic Information Science (GISience)

All programs follow the principle of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and require 90 ECTS credits without minor. There is an option to chose a Minor subject of additional 30 ECTS credits during the Master's studies. Master students who want to declare a minor subject in their diploma, have to register the minor subject in the (online) semester enrollment. In this case, students must earn a total of 120 ECTS credits in order to obtain their Master's degree. Minor subjects outside the Faculty of Science of the UZH (MNF) and ETH are usually only possible if the concerning minor subject has already been taken during the Bachelor studies.

Earth System Science

The Faculty of Science and the Geological Institute (D-ERDW) at the ETH jointly offer a Master's program culminating in the title Master of Earth System Science UZH (Geoscience). This program requires 120 ECTS credits, including a master's thesis and an applied experience.

This master's program provides in-depth training regarding lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and anthroposphere in order to obtain a deeper understanding of the system Earth along with its interactions and correlations between those spheres. In-depth anthroposphere courses are specifically set up to qualify students with a Bachelor degree and some basic knowledge of earth science for further education in didactics to obtain a teaching certificate in geography for secondary schools (diploma or teaching degree for secondary education).

Overview and Guidelines

General information about the structure of the Master's program and about individual modules and other important information are provided in the overview and guidelines on the right-hand side. Further information on specific topics are provided at the following links:

Dates for the Master thesis and Master exam