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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the University of Zurich is the biggest faculty of humanities, cultural studies, social sciences, and psychology in Switzerland. Its course offering consists of carefully designed programs with a wide range of possible combinations. Master’s programs equip you with the ability to do independent scholarly research on the basis of in-depth academic training or training to extend your interdisciplinary skills. A Master’s degree is a requirement if you want to study for a doctorate.
Master’s Degree Programs, Major, Minor and Single Major Study Programs, Titles and Degrees
A Master’s study program at the Faculty of Arts is worth 120 ECTS credits. You can earn these credits in a major (90 ECTS credits) plus a minor (30 ECTS credits) study program, or in a single major study program (120 ECTS credits). This corresponds to four semesters of full-time study (regular duration of study).
Some combinations of major and minor study programs are not permitted if they consist of programs at Bachelor’s and Master’s level covering similar subject matter. You’ll find details of combinations that are not permitted in the annex to the relevant program regulation.
The title you earn on successful completion of a Master’s study program depends on your major or single major program:
- Master of Arts UZH, MA UZH (for a major or single major in humanities or cultural studies)
- Master of Arts UZH in Social Sciences, MA UZH (for a major or single major in social sciences)
- Master of Science UZH in Psychology, MSc UZH (for a major or single major in psychology)
Glossary for Applications to a Master’s Program
The academic requirements consist of the knowledge and skills you are expected to have acquired in the course of your Bachelor’s degree to qualify for admission to a consecutive Master’s program. These requirements may come to a maximum of 60 ECTS credits for major and minor study programs, and a maximum of 120 ECTS credits for single-major programs. You will find details of requirements in the annex to the relevant program regulation.
If you do not meet all the requirements, your admission to a Master’s study program will be made subject to certain restrictions laid down by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. To fulfill these restrictions you will have to catch up on certain Bachelor’s-level coursework during your Master’s studies. These restrictions may not exceed 60 ECTS credits. If they do, you will not be admitted and your application will be rejected.
Consecutive Master’s study programs
Consecutive single-major, major, and minor study programs follow on from one or more Bachelor’s study programs. They assume certain prior knowledge and skills, which are formulated in the academic requirements.
Specialized Master’s study programs
Specialized Master’s study programs are single-major or major study programs that don’t build on or follow on from a specific Bachelor’s study program. In some cases admission to these programs is subject to additional requirements over and above the academic requirements, for example an entrance examination or a minimum grade at Bachelor’s level. These requirements are set down in the relevant annexes to the program regulation.
Complementary minor study programs
Complementary minor study programs are non-consecutive, non-specialized study programs designed to supplement major study programs with additional discipline-specific or cross-disciplinary content. They are not subject to admission requirements or academic requirements.
Courses of Study
Master’s at more than one University (Joint Degrees)
Joint Master’s Degree Program in «Comparative and International Studies»
The Master’s degree program offered jointly with ETH Zurich looks into key questions of political order and government against the backdrop of international integration. You will find more information on the ETH Zurich website.
Joint Master’s Degree Program in «Teaching Natural Sciences»
The Master’s Degree Program in Teaching Natural Sciences offered jointly with ETH Zurich and the Zurich University of Teacher Education opens up a wealth of perspectives for teaching natural sciences, with the emphasis on nature and technology, biology, chemistry, and physics. You will find more information on the Zurich University of Teacher Education website.
Joint Master’s Degree Program in «Teaching Classroom German»
The Master’s Degree Program in Teaching Classroom German offered jointly with ETH Zurich and the Zurich University of Teacher Education opens up a wealth of perspectives in relation to German as a school subject and developing language skills in other school subjects. You willfind more information on the Zurich University of Teacher Education website.
Joint Master’s Degree Program in «Teaching Media and IT»
The program in Teaching Media and IT offered jointly with the Schwyz University of Teacher Education, the Lucerne University of Teacher Education (PHLU) and the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts equips you with the latest knowledge on teaching, learning, and researching communications- and IT-related phenomena. The joint master’s degree program in Teaching Media and IT closes a significant gap in the higher education landscape. You will find more information on the Schwyz University of Teacher Education website.