Examination | Completion of studies

As soon as you have everything completed and ready (1. final exam taken, 2. thesis submitted, and 3. all the courses of the 52 ECTS in the correct module or "Freiwillige Zusatzleistungen"), proceed as follows:

  • Click the menu button "Antrag auf Abschluss stellen" in KSL/CTS. No further changes can be made in KSL/CTS. Please write an email to peter.stucki@oeschger.unibe.ch that you have done so. The studies directorate then confirms in KSL that your studies are completed.
  • Submit the Master program completion form (PDF, 102KB) including all enclosures to the Dean's office. Please check the deadlines for registration and office hours at the Dean's office.
  • Pay the examination fee and extras (if applicable) according to the master programme completion form to Berner Kantonalbank, IBAN CH87 0079 0016 7091 7104 6, account no. 16 709.171.0.46, Dekanat phil.-nat. Fakultät, SWIFT-BIC KBBECH22XXX

After that, the Dean's Office issues the diploma and supplement.

The studies are completed if (i) the module of elective courses (52 ECTS) is completed, (ii) the master's examination has been passed (included the 8 ECTS Compulsory Courses), and (iii) the master thesis has been accepted and the grade has been ratified by the faculty. Please refer to the flow chart for a comprehensive overview of the procedure.

Make sure that your courses at ETHZ (certified transcript to the studies coordinator) and – in case – the 10 ECTS extra-curricular courses are inserted in KSL/CTS and moved from "Freiwillige Zusatzleistungen/Zwischenablage" to the module elective courses. In the case that you have collected too many ECTS, you may always move courses (and related grades) from the module elective courses (Modul Wahlpflicht) back to "Freiwillige Zusatzleistungen". These courses will not be used for the calculation of the final grade (i.e. this is suitable for low grades in one course). However, the "Freiwillige Zusatzleistungen" courses cannot be deleted and will appear in the supplement for the MSc certificate.

The master examination takes 60 minutes and consists of a 30-minutes presentation of the master thesis and 30 minutes questions/answers (by the examiners and audience) or a 60-minute oral examination. Registration must be made with the Master examination registration form (PDF, 281KB) latest 4 weeks before the master examination takes place. The master examination may take place up to two months before the master thesis is submitted to the deputy studies director. Pre-requisites for the master examination are the 8 ECTS compulsory courses. As a general rule, the master examination takes place during the semester (see information on the registration form). Fix the date for the master examination with the two (or more) examiners. Examiners (a chair person and your supervisor; and your co-supervisors, if applicable) must be members of the supervising faculty (see list, persons without asterisk). The chair person cannot be your (co-)supervisor. In case you would like an advisor or external expert to become an examiner, you need to fill in a request form (application form available from the Faculty of Sciences) and hand it in to Martin Grosjean. The deputy studies director is notified by the examiners about the grade of the examination and inserts it into KSL/CTS.

The Master program leads to the degree of MSc in Climate Sciences with special qualification in five potential areas of specialization (see Art. 3 of the studies program). Unless you have a BSc degree which is subject to restrictions (see Art. 6.2 of the studies program and the FAQ section for prospective students), your final specialization is determined by the curriculum, i.e. the selection of courses and the topic of the master thesis. The specialization is selected by you and your supervising committee on the occasion of submitting the Master thesis tracking form (PDF, 284KB), which the studies directorate will then consider after a final check. Contact the deputy studies director in case of doubt.

The standard duration of the M.Sc. Climate Siences program is 4 semesters full time. The program must be completed latest within 6 semesters (RSL 05). Further extension of the duration of studies (max. 2 semesters) requires a request to and written permission from the studies director by the end of the 6th semester. Cogent grounds for an extension are pregnancy, maternity leave, family work, work (more than 25% employment, certified), health problems, external language courses, military/civil service (more than 4 weeks). Failure of exams is not accepted (UniSt Art 84). Requests for an extension of the duration of studies are to be submitted in the semester prior to the end of the standard duration (10 December, 10 May respectively, to the studies director) using this form form (pdf, 970 kB). In addition, the request must contain a written statement of grounds and include a detailed work plan covering the remaining period of studies.

If you finish your studies at the end of the fourth semester (master thesis and coursework completed) it is possible to take the master examination in the fifth semester without being matriculated at the University of Bern (master examinations must be taken during semesters or adjacent weeks). Important: It is crucial to hand in the master thesis before the semester starts and in final form, including the evaluation. In other words, the final master thesis in PDF form and all additional documents (cf. FAQ on master thesis submission) must reach the deputy studies director, Peter Stucki, one week before the semester starts at the latest.