The degree can be earned in one-year of full time studies. Alternatively, the programme can be taken in two years of part-time studies, for example while working in a related field (law firm, internship etc.).
The programme can be started in either Fall (September) or Spring (February).
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.
Full-time students have normally classes all day every Thursday and Friday intensively. The other days of the week are used for individual and group preparations, reading, direct contacts with faculty etc. Part-Time students take half the course load per term and therefore have classes on average every second week on Thursday and Fridays. This leaves Monday-Wednesday for studying (preparation of courses, exams and thesis), visiting other institutions, meeting Professors and fellows as well as gaining practical experience (if you do the programme over two years).
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. 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 Geneva 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.
Do not expect the teaching and learning environment you may know from undergraduate studies. 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 competitive companies worldwide.