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Master of Arts in Social Sciences

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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.

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA) in Social Sciences

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level : C1.

Final enrolment dates
30 April. The degree course begins in the autumn semester.
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February.

More information
Timetables and course descriptions

University studies develop, in addition to spe- cific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as : oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.

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 :

  • Research and teaching (Universities and Universties of applied sciences)
  • Public administration, at national and international levels
  • Office of Statistics and polling institutes
  • Media
  • Non governmental organisations
  • Associative networks
  • Private sector

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 5 August 2016

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Version: February 2016


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