Master in Hydrogeology and Geothermics

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Studies overview

Internationally recognized and accredited by the Swiss Confederation, the Centre for Hydrogeology and Geothermics (CHYN) has around 50 members of staff and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for cutting-edge science and high quality teaching.

CHYN’s research themes focus on subsurface water and energy resources, with special emphasis on fundamental and  applied aspects  of  operational  hydrogeology, hydrodynamics, hydrochemistry, geochemistry, geothermics, geostatistics and mathematical modelling.  

A unique training opportunity

Moving towards sustainable use of subsurface water and energy resources is a major challenge for our society, and for geoscientists in particular. This MSc degree, unique in Switzerland, offers a complete introduction to the current scientific approaches to address this challenge.

Designed by CHYN’s dedicated staff, the programme delivers comprehensive hydrogeological training that covers the relevant physical, chemical, biological and thermal processes, as well as key field investigation techniques.

Intense teaching over three semesters provides students with core knowledge and specific skills in hydrogeology and geothermics. The fourth semester is devoted to an individual research project, to be carried out internally or in collaboration with external partners.

Specific strengths

Technical skills are an important part of the programme, whether relating to groundwater prospection and abstraction, or reservoir characterization and protection. There is particular emphasis on groundwater contamination processes and remediation issues, as well as the prospection and exploitation of geothermal resources at low, medium and high depths.

Degree awarded
Master of Science in Hydrogeology and Geothermics
Credits
120 ECTS, 4 semesters
Teaching language
  French
  English

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Career opportunities

  • Groundwater engineering and consulting companies
  • Major water and energy suppliers
  • Public administrations
  • Development and humanitarian
    organisations

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