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Master of Arts in Social Sciences

Organiser University of Lausanne - Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Degree awarded Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences
ECTS credits 120
Duration 4 semesters
Final enrolment dates The degree course begins in the autumn semester.
Final enrolment date: 30 April
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February
Teaching language French. Recommended level : C1.
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General presentation

The Master of Arts in Social Sciences is a cycle of training and specialisation through research. At the end of the degree course, students will be able to:

  • apply the latest knowledge in areas of specialisation such as the regulation of social inequalities, the dynamics of personal and professional paths, the dissemination of knowledge concerning the body, health and medicine, the circulation of media discourse and cultural products in the public arena;
  • develop issues specific to their areas of specialisation by establishing connections between conceptual frameworks and the realities of social life;
  • synthesise the findings of scientific work and conduct research projects of interest to the policy;
  • make use of adequate methodological tools to carry out their research project;
  • participate, through their analysis and argumentation skills, in debates, collaborate in writing reports and articles, and intervene in the press and the media.

The Master of Arts in Social Sciences consists of two parts: a common trunk and a specific orientation, to be chosen from:

  • Life Path, Inequalities and Social Policies;
  • Human Rights, Diversity and Globalisation;
  • Culture, Communication and Media;
  • Body, Science and Health.

The Master’s thesis is the logical culmination of the specialisation programme. It demonstrates the student’s ability to acquire knowledge and to complete a project, with the empirical, methodological and theoretical rigour required, as well as the capacity to organise time and the practical know-how that it entails.

Timetables and course descriptions Link to Unidoc


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The French version prevails.
Last update: 11 May 2015

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