The study curriculum combines interdisciplinary training with a comparative perspective and specialisation in the following areas : Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (migrations, sociology, psychology), Ancient and Modern Christianity, Ancient and Modern Judaism, Religious Plurality, South Asian Religions, Polytheistic Religions of the Ancient Worlds, Islam, Transversal and Marginalised Traditions, Anthropology of Religion, Comparative Sciences of Religions, etc.
Students may opt for either a general course or specialisation in a more focused area of study (religious traditions, historical periods, methodological approach, geographical area, etc.). They can also choose between a Master's degree without specialisation (90 ECTS credits) or with specialisation (120 ECTS credits).
For those who opt for the Master with specialisation, the skills acquired will be reinforced through the specialisation programme “Focus on Interculturality”, which provides preparatory professional training and is worth 30 credits.
The programme includes a practical internship outside of the university context and theoretical courses on the intercultural approach and its practical application in the field (Master of Arts in the Study of Religions with specialisation - 120 ECTS credits).
Master of Arts (MA) in the Study of Religions
90 or 120
3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) for 90 ECTS
4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) for 120 ECTS
French. Research work may be done in English.
Final enrolment dates
It is possible for students to begin the degree course in either the autumn or the spring semester (autumn semester : 30 April, spring semester : 30 November).
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment at least two months prior to the deadlines indicated above (this time limit is applicable to enrolment at the UNIL only).
Timetables and course descriptions
More broadly, the programme also provides cross-disciplinary skills : oral and written communication, analytical and summarising skills, research experience, acquisition and transmission of knowledge, autonomy of judgment, critical thinking and a reflective approach. This range of skills, combined with specialist knowledge gained during the course, prepares students for a very varied range of careers and sectors, such as :
The skills acquired can be reinforced through the specialisation programme "Focus on Interculturality", which provides preparatory professional training and is worth 30 credits. The programme includes a practical internship outside of the university context and theoret- ical courses on the intercultural approach and its practical application in the field (Master of Arts in the Study of Religions with specialisation - 120 ECTS credits).
Subject to changes.
The French version prevails.
Last update: 20 May 2016