The Master of Arts in Social Sciences is a cycle of training and specialisation in direct contact with research and the world of work. Designed as an interdisciplinary course based on four major issues in the contemporary world, the programme is enhanced by the numerous local, national and international research projects of the Institute of Social Sciences.
At the end of the degree course, students will be able to :
The Master of Arts in Social Sciences consists of two parts: a core programme and a specific orientation, to be chosen from :
The Master’s thesis is the logical culmination of the specialisation programme. It demonstrates the student’s ability to absorb knowledge and see a project to its end, both from the perspective of the empirical, methodological and theoretical rigour it requires, and the time management and practical know-how it involves.
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences
French. Recommended level : C1.
A good level of English (B2) is advised for reading academic texts.
The candidate must hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, in Sociology or in Anthropology awarded by a Swiss university.
The holders of a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Social Sciences and History or Social Sciences awarded by the UNIL are admitted unconditionally to the Master of Arts in Social Sciences.
Final enrolment dates
It is possible to start the programme of the Master of Arts in Social Sciences degree in the autumn or spring semester.
Applications to be submitted before the deadlines to the Admissions Office.
Autumn semester : 30 April
Spring semester : 30 November
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment two months prior to these deadlines.
Timetables and course descriptions
University studies allow to develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, and so on.
This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as :
Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a communications officer for a theatre or youth liaison officer for a large administrative authority.
Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 1 April 2019