Master of Arts (MA) in the Study of Religions

Video in French

General content

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, Transversal and Marginalised Traditions, 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).

Practical information

Organiser
Faculty of Theology and Sciences of Religions
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences
Commission for Education of History and Sciences of Religions

Degree awarded
Master of Arts (MA) in the Study of Religions

ECTS credits
90 or 120

Duration
3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) for 90 ECTS
4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) for 120 ECTS

Teaching language
French. Research work may be done in English.

Admission requirements
The candidate must be a holder of a Bachelor of Arts in the Study of Religions, a Bachelor of Theology, 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.

Final enrolment dates
It is possible for students to begin the degree course in either the autumn or the spring semester (autumn semester : 30 April, spring semester : 30 November). Note that some courses are only taught in the Autumn semester.

Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment at least two months prior to the deadlines indicated above.

More information
Timetables and course descriptions

Career prospects

More broadly, the programme also 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 :

  • National and international public administrations
  • Non-governmentalorganisations, particularly intercultural and development related
  • Teaching (secondary and higher education)
  • National and international associative networks
  • Polling and market surveys
  • Journalism, media, public relations, communication, advertising
  • Research and teaching (universities, universities of applied sciences)
  • Other : public and private enterprises, SMEs, etc.

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 are authentic.
Last update: 25 July 2018

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Presentation of the specialisation programme (in French)

Contact

Commission for Education of History and Sciences of Religions
Quartier UNIL-Chamberonne
Bâtiment Anthropole
1015 Lausanne

Tél. +41 21 692 27 20
Fax  +41 21 692 27 25

www.unil.ch/cphsr

Unicentre - CH-1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 692 11 11
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