The programme has to be taken in one year of full time studies or in two years of part-time studies and the fall term is sechduled by the end of september.
The programme consists of 44 taught ECTS credit points (approximately 44 days of classes) and 16 ECTS credit points for the master thesis (total of 60 ECTS Credits). According to the Bologna System one Credit ECTS corresponds to 25 hours of workload for the student. We foresee normally eight hours of teaching per Credit ECTS, the rest being dedicated to reading, exam preparation, personal research etc.
Students have normally classes all day, every Thursday and Friday. The other days of the week are used for individual research (exam and thesis preparation) and group presentations, meeting Professors and fellows and visiting other institutions etc.
The courses are taught as a mixture of lectures and seminars depending on the preferences and skills of each Professor. As most of them are professionals, they usually engage in a lot of discussions. This requires the students to prepare the intensive seminars in order to focus on discussions and questions. This learning environment is different from the traditional teaching at continental universities at the undergraduate level and corresponds more to the traditional teaching methods in post-graduate studies, including those in English speaking countries. In other words, this programme aims at something more substantial and our students are looking for first-class education that takes them further than what they already were able to get at the lower level. This implies also independent thinking and work - just as most of our graduates will need it when they return to or start work in international organizations, top law firms or multinational companies worldwide. By the way, this corresponds also to the normal learning environment in most professional settings.
The lecturers are available for direct meetings and through email (also very important in the professional world); many work in the Lausanne/Geneva area and can arrange for meetings easily. The contact during the lecture days is also more informal than most students are used to from their undergraduate studies, as classes are smaller and the setting is based on the post-graduate approach with many students also having work experience and experience in various countries themselves. You are treated like a colleague which means you also have to deliver to be credible. (check this last sentence)