The great social and economic challenges of the next decades include climate change, natural hazards and the sustainable supply of water, energy and raw materials. Meeting these challenges requires essential input from the Geological Sciences, derived from our understanding of how minerals, rocks and mountains form and interact with earth's hydrosphere and atmosphere.
Our Institute of Geological Sciences is recognized internationally for its fundamental research into the origin and evolution of the earth and for its applied research into natural hazards, mineral resources, geoenergies and geological disposal of waste. To understand the underlying natural phenomena we perform field work throughout the world, we analyse samples in our state-of-the-art laboratories, we perform experiments to reproduce natural phenomena and we link these findings through computer modelling.
We offer an attractive 3-year Bachelor curriculum in Earth Sciences that combines lectures, seminars, excursions and field work in a collaborative atmosphere with individual supervision. In our 2-year Master curriculum, taught in conjunction with the University of Fribourg, students can follow their interests and specialize in various subdisciplines of Earth Science. Our graduates find employment in a wide spectrum of industries, government agencies and research institutions.
Planet Earth is our lab – Join in!
Update 14.09.2021: The University of Bern is extending the existing certificate requirement to all courses at Bachelor and Master level from September 20. This means that the certificate requirement applies to all activities that take place within the framework of the university, regardless of the number of participants. Compliance with the certificate requirement will be checked by means of random checks. More information can be found here.
DEI Group's recommendation: Whilst many women study Natural Sciences, they are still widely under-represented compared to men in advanced and leading positions. Visit the Platform Biology (SCNAT) webinars to learn more about causes and consequences and develop solutions for greater diversity in science and research.
Students answer questions like: Why did you decide for a Master's degree? What is the most interesting in the Master's program? What are you doing in your Master thesis? What would you recommend to Bachelor students?
You find our colloquia and seminars in the weekly program about 2-3 weeks after the start of the semester.
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