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Students are first introduced to geomorphological concepts and acquire knowledge about geomorphological forms, characteristics about processes and materials. Advanced courses focus on applied natural hazard and risk research. An overview of lectures and courses offered for Bachelor’s and Master’s studies can be found here:

Overview courses

The Institute of Geography (GIUB) offers lectures and courses focusing on natural hazards in collaboration with the Institute of Geology (GEOL). Students in both disciplines can acquire credits for this specialization by completing single or a series of the interconnected courses identified below. Arrows indicate prerequisite courses.

The lectures focus on different perspectives in geomorphology, natural hazard and risk research. A central part of the lecture series is based on the “Natural Hazards: Processes and Methods” course, which is conducted as a collaboration between GIUB and GEOL. Following the completion of this course, the “Hazard and Risk Management” lecture and associated exercises are recommended. In depth knowledge on landscape evolution is taught in the subsequent lecture on “Surface Processes, Geomorphology” and “Mapping Natural Hazards” provides practical training. All courses are conducted in English.

Specialization in Natural Hazards

Bachelor's Thesis opportunities

Research topics for Bachelor’s theses are assigned in the colloquium for Bachelor’s students at the beginning of each semester. For more information, please contact Margreth Keiler.

Master's Thesis opportunities

Research topics for a Master’s thesis with the Geomorphology, Natural Hazard and Risk Research group are assigned based on current research topics (please refer to the research page).  

You can find the proposed topics for Master's thesis in the PDF below. If you are interested in one of these topics, please contact the contact person marked in the PDF providing the following informations:

  • short letter of motivation about the chosen topic
  • short CV about your studies, formations and experiences
  • list with completed courses (year, university, institute) with relation to the topic

We will be pleased to answer further questions by email or in a personal meeting. 

Information on current and completed Master’s theses can be found in the link below.

If you wish to write your Master’s thesis in cooperation with other research institutes (e.g. WSL, SLF) or government agencies, please consult with Margreth Keiler in advance.