Master-level studies involve specialized study in a field of research or an area of professional practice. Earning a master’s degree demonstrates a higher level of mastery of the subject. Earning a master’s degree can take anywhere from a year to three or four years. Before you can graduate, you usually must write and defend a thesis, a long paper that is the culmination of your specialized research.
Humanities and Social Sciences is a varied field of study that may prepare students for a wide variety of careers in a huge array of industries. Those who wish to work in social services, education or any career involving the arts may benefit from focusing on this area.
Switzerland (German: Schweiz, French: Suisse, Italian: Svizzera, Romansch: Svizra. Switzerland has some of the world renown universites like ETH in Zurich, EPFL in Lausanne, IHEID in Geneva, University of Lausanne or the University of St. Gallen. Keep in mind, it's much better to speak the local language, so if you can't speak either French, German or Italian, better go for a language course first.
Top Master Programs in Humanities Studies in Switzerland 2017/2018
The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) is designed for students seeking a professional career in business, government, non-profit organisations, and international agencies. [+]
The Master of Arts in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) is designed for students who seek a professional career in business, government, non-profit organisations and international agencies. MIA graduates are trained as generalists and are skilled at integrating the specialist knowledge required to address today’s pressing political, economic, and social problems. Combining interdisciplinary study with a result-oriented approach, the MIA programme prepares graduates for a world in which leaders and professionals must increasingly be able to work across borders, disciplines and sectors.
The MIA programme is based on a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the diverse perspectives constitutive of economics, political science, business administration and law.... [-]
The Master in Philosophy at USI aims to allow students to deepen their understanding of philosophical problems, to develop the ability to think, argue, write and speak clearly and effectively, and to become acquainted with aspects of current research in philosophy and the history of philosophy. [+]
The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication”, jointly offered by the Institute of Communication and Health of Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a new joint Master’s programme through training in cognitive psychology, neuroscience and communication. [+]
The Master of International Relations and Diplomacy (MIR) responds to the growing demand to train young professionals in Geneva for decision-making careers in international organizations, diplomatic services and private sector. Situated in the same city as the United Nations headquarters in Europe, the program takes full advantage of Geneva’s unique situation as a world capital of multilateral diplomacy. The MIR provides substantial resources for its international faculty and student body to network with international institutions (UNHCR, UNECE, UNCTAD, WTO, WHO, ILO, ITU, WIPO, WEF, ICRC) and diplomatic missions. [+]
Africa is experiencing radical changes. Whether it is in the economic, social, environmental demographic or political sphere, African societies are evolving fast. This Master’s programme provides the critical distance needed to understand these transformations in all their complexity. The curriculum stands out for its interdisciplinarity, combining approaches from the social, natural and human sciences. It also provides a long-term perspective and gives students the opportunity to study Africa not in isolation, but in terms of the continent’s interactions with the rest of the world. [+]
The Master Russia-East Central Europe offers specialised education on Russia and the countries comprising East Central Europe. Historically, these are the countries formed after the dissolution of the USSR as well as those which had a shared destiny due to the establishment of communist regimes on their soil. After the collapse of the Soviet bloc and the fall of these regimes, these countries became sovereign states. However, most of them remain linked, whether geographically, culturally, linguistically, or as a result of their shared history of communism. [+]
The Master in Conference interpreting is designed to train future conference interpreters in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. The programme also examines parliamentary procedures, conference terminology, international organisations and interpretation theory. The range of available languages allows students to choose combinations relevant to the job market. It is a blended-learning programme that combines traditional courses with distance learning through the department’s online portal. The use of cutting edge communication technologies properly equips future interpreters for the current demands of the profession. [+]
A range of courses is offered under this concentration, covering key aspects of translation theory and practice. The topics of study consist of both basic and applied research from a professional and methodological perspective. Translation studies teaches students the main theoretical approaches to translation, enabling them to think critically about the processes involved in the act of translation and about the empirical reality of published translations. This concentration leads primarily to scientific research and post-secondary teaching. [+]
The Master in Special Education, Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education is a joint programme between the University of Geneva and the Vaud Canton Teacher Training College. It offers basic training on how to provide preventative and educational support to children between the ages 0 to 6 whose development is jeopardised, altered or impaired and intervene accordingly in family or social settings. The programme offers solid theoretical and practical training through a range of core courses in special education as well as psychology, medicine, sociology and law components relevant to early childhood special education. [+]
The Master in Education - Analysis and Intervention in Educational Systems is designed for people who seek the training necessary for research in education and for intervention in education systems, and who would like to work in academic research, inspection/assessment, evaluation, or the design of education programmes. This Master’s programme offers courses and an internship that (1) develop students’ knowledge of learning processes, teaching methods, educational settings, the functioning of education systems, and education policies; (2) prepare students to design educational intervention measures; (3) reinforce methodological skills (scientific reasoning, assessment, oral and written presentation of results) and guarantee mastery of quantitative and qualitative tools for research in education. [+]
The Master in Speech and Language Therapy is a professional degree recognised across Switzerland and designed to train speech and language therapists. The programmes combines psychology, language sciences, education, neuroscience and medicine and includes a significant hands-on clinical training component, while providing students with a solid scientific foundation through lectures and research. [+]
The Master of Theology is a 120-credit programme offered jointly by the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne. In order to satisfy the increasing demand for flexibility, a distance learning option is now available: students can decide whether to take each course in the classroom or via our interactive internet platform. [+]
The Master in Socio-Economics allows students to become well acquainted with concepts and tools enabling them to critically examine interactions between society and the economy, at both the structural and procedural level with a view to optimising these interactions. Students may specialise in social and spatial issues, development issues and North-South inequalities, population-based studies, social policies, inequalities in the labour market or gender perspectives. The programme emphasises the link between theory and practice through research (dissertation) or by putting students’ skills to the test as they move from an academic to professional setting (work placement). [+]
The Master in Political and Cultural Geography is an advanced-level programme emphasizing the dual specialisation of the Department of Geography in the cultural and political aspects of representations and of territorial and environmental policies. It examines the situations of the South and the North from a global perspective. This programme benefits from a wide network of scientific and professional partnerships in Geneva, French-speaking Switzerland and abroad, in the areas of planning, development of the North and the South, and geographic information. [+]
The Master multidisciplinary in Asian Studies is a joint programme of the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (SES) and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. The courses broach all aspects of society, from culture to history, economics, politics and international relations. The programme allows students to begin or continue learning an Asian language, such as Chinese, Japanese, Hindi and Korean. [+]