- Bachelor's degree in Geography from a Swiss university
- Bachelor's degree from a recognized university, provided at least 60 ECTS credits were earned in Geography during the Bachelor program and that the Master's degree can be successfully completed with an additional maximum of 60 ECTS credits (prerequisite for the Master's degree).
The Master program in Geography consists of 120 ECTS credits. These credits can be earned with a broad range of courses in all fields of geography, whereby students expand their theoretical and methodological knowledge (preferably in the first semester) through coursework for a total of 60 ECTS credits.
The Master in Geography at the University of Bern is a "Research Master," which means the master thesis plays a very important role.
The thesis therefore accounts for 60 ECTS credits and is written over a period not exceeding 18 months. This master thesis is embedded in the research activities carried out in individual research units. In other words, students select a topic from one of the research units and also choose an advisor who specializes in the chosen topic.
The master thesis supplements the broad-based knowledge gained through coursework by allowing students to specialize in an area of fundamental or applied research of their choice. Field work can be carried out in Switzerland or abroad.