Admission MSc Climate Sciences

Candidates for the MSc Climate Sciences program are kindly asked to read up about the requirements and follow the registration / appliation steps carefully.
See also the information in our FAQ section.

Requirements

You may apply for the MSc program as soon as you have completed 150 ECTS (5 semesters) during your Bachelor studies. According to Article 12 of the Studies Program 2018, candidates hold a bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines that are relevant for the MSc Climate Sciences program (refer also to the Annex 1 to the Studies Program 2018). Admission to the MSc Climate Sciences may also require additional knowledge and expertise that was not acquired as part of the candidate's bachelor degree. This coursework may only be completed on an extra-curricular basis. The maximum scope of this additional coursework is 60 ECTS credits. As a rule, the grade point average (average weighted according to ECTS credits) must be at least equivalent to “good”. The bachelor's degree must not be older than 10 years. See also the Factsheet MSc Climate Sciences below for more details.

Registration and Application

All candidates have to be registered with the Admissions Office of the University of Bern. Registration is provided online; registration and application fees apply.
Candidates prepare an application dossier, including a motivation letter, a CV and further documents depending on whether their Bachelor diploma is or will be issued by the University of Bern, a Swiss or an international University. Detailed information on how to proceed with the registration and application is found in the Factsheet MSc Climate Sciences below. Please follow the instructions carefully.

Assessment and Acceptance

Acceptance to the Graduate School of Climate Sciences is conditional on a positive evaluation of your application dossier and an interview.
As a rule, the average grade (weighted according to ECTS credits) should be “good”. In general, the grades considered are worth 150 ECTS credits or more.
The interview is held in person (or by video call) according to the admission guidelines (see below) and takes place as soon as the application documents have been received. Depending on your scientific background, additional course requirements can be imposed up to a maximum of 60 ECTS credits.
You will be informed about the final assessment by the Admissions Office of the University of Bern; successful candidates will receive a Letter of Acceptance to the Graduate School of Climate Sciences.

For all questions and advice regarding admission, please contact the studies coordinator: Peter Stucki, Tel. +41 31 631 31 46, studies@oeschger.unibe.ch

Note that the Graduate School of Climate Sciences does not grant scholarships and cannot arrange employments.