Application | Registration
What is the difference between application and registration?
Admission to the MSc Climate Sciences program is based on
- your (online) registration with the University of Bern. All candidates for the MSc Climate Sciences program must be registered.
- your application (documents and interview) for the Graduate School of Climate Sciences. An evaluation of your application will be sent to the Admissions Office of the Univ. Bern; they will inform you officially regarding the admission.
Note that the documents to be provided (see Factsheet of the Faculty of Sciences) may contain both information for your registration and the application, depending on where you have gained your bachelors degree. The application and registration procedure is described on our homepage and in the admission guidelines. Further information is available on the webpages of the admissions office of the University of Bern.
Can I apply for the MSc in Climate Sciences program prior to the completion of my Bachelor's degree?
Yes. Applications are received and evaluated if 150 ECTS are completed and certified (typically in the 6th semester) at the date of application. The certificate of your bachelor's degree can follow later.
What if the issuing of my Bachelor's degree is delayed?
In case the Bachelor's degree is not available at the beginning of the semester (which may be the case for several Swiss universities), the MSc program may be started anyway. This transient status is restricted to one semester only.
What education is needed for admission to the MSc in Climate Sciences program?
Typically, candidates hold a bachelor's degree in one of the disciplines that are relevant for the MSc Climate Sciences program. Equivalence of the qualification will be assessed during the admission process. Admission to the MSc Climate Sciences may require additional knowledge and expertise that was not acquired as part of the candidate's bachelor degree. Hence, additional coursework may be imposed, which may only be completed on an extra-curricular basis, and which must not exceed 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.
What about the specialization: module or label?
The specialization is not a module. It is just a label that will be added to your degree "MSc in Climate Sciences, University of Bern". For administrative reasons, you are asked to indicate a specialization when applying for the program. Please indicate a preliminary, most suitable specialization at this stage, including the option of no specialization. It helps assessing your intentions for the master studies. The final specialization will be determined by the choice of the master thesis, and your personal curriculum will be considered in case of doubt, in agreement with your supervisor and the studies directorate.
The final specialization must be indicated on the Master thesis tracking form (PDF, 292KB), and declared in selfservice.studis.unibe.ch when registering for the last study semester at the latest.
Do I have to pass a German Language Test (Deutschtest)?
No. The courses at the Graduate School of Climate Sciences are held in English, with a couple of exceptions. However, basic knowledge of German is very helpful for the everyday life in Bern, and learning some German during the studies is a truely unique opportunity.
What English skills are required?
The courses at the Graduate School of Climate Sciences are given in English. Proficient skills in English (oral, written and reading) corresponding to CEF level C1 are required. Students with CEF level B2 are also admitted to the program, but with the obligation to reach CEF level C1 within the first year. The master thesis is written in English. Training in scientific writing and scientific presentations in English are part of the compulsory courses.
How about a transfer of professional experience towards credits for internship (30 ECTS)?
According to Art. 19.4 of the Studies Program 2018, the 30-ECTS internship can be waived in case of professional experience of at least 2 years duration (full time equivalents), in an area relevant to the program, and upon request and at the absolute discretion of the Graduate School Commission. Such a request has to be made prior to the start of the studies. You are asked to state your intention of writing such a request in the course of the admission interview at the latest.