The study curriculum combines interdisciplinary training with a comparative perspective and specialisation in the following areas : Social Sciences of Contemporary Religions (migrations, sociology, psychology), Ancient and Modern Christianity, Ancient and Modern Judaism, Religious Plurality, South Asian Religions, Polytheistic Religions of the Ancient Worlds, Socio-Anthropology and History of Islam, Anthropology of Religion, Comparative Sciences of Religions, etc.
You may opt for either a general course or specialisation in a more focused area of study (religious traditions, historical periods, methodological approach, geographical area, etc.). You can also choose between a Master's degree without specialisation (90 ECTS credits) or with specialisation (120 ECTS credits).
For those who opt for the Master with specialisation, the skills acquired will be reinforced through the specialisation programme “Focus on Interculturality”, which provides preparatory professional training and is worth 30 credits. This specialisation programme includes a practical internship outside of the university context and theoretical courses on the intercultural approach and its practical application in the field (Master of Arts in the Study of Religions with specialisation - 120 ECTS credits).
Master of Arts (MA) in the Study of Religions
90 or 120
3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) for 90 ECTS
4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) for 120 ECTS
French. Research work may be done in English.
The candidate must be a holder of a Bachelor of Arts in the Study of Religions, a Bachelor’s degree awarded by UNIL’s Faculty of Social and Political Sciences with a minor in the Study of Religions, a Bachelor of Arts with «History of Religions» as a discipline, a Bachelor’s degree awarded by a Swiss university with 60 credits at least in the area of «Study of Religions», or a title judged to be equivalent.
Enrolment and final dates
It is possible to start the programme of the Master of Arts degree in either the Autumn or the Spring semesters. Note that some courses are only taught in the Autumn semester.
Applications to be submitted before 30 April (autumn semester) or 30 November (spring semester) to the Admissions Office: www.unil.ch/immat
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment at least two months prior to the deadlines indicated above.
Timetables and course descriptions
The programme provides cross-disciplinary skills : oral and written communication, analytical and summarising skills, research experience, acquisition and transmission of knowledge, autonomy of judgment, critical thinking and a reflective approach. This range of skills, combined with specialist knowledge gained during the course, prepares students for a very varied range of careers and sectors, such as :
Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a consultant, military liaison officer, or staff member of a non-governmental organisation.
The skills acquired can be reinforced through the specialisation programme "Focus on Interculturality", which provides preparatory professional training and is worth 30 credits. The programme includes a practical internship outside of the university context and theoretical courses on the intercultural approach and its practical application in the field (Master of Arts in the Study of Religions with specialisation - 120 ECTS credits).
Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 29 March 2022
Commission for Education of History and Sciences of Religions
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