Admission procedure for Master studies for holders of a Bachelor issued by a Swiss university or a Swiss university of applied sciences (HES)

Do not forget to read the information regarding the deadlines and the conditions which appear under the various headings of the Regulations concerning the registration conditions. 

1 After reading the registration conditions, candidates submit their application for admission online within the specified deadline. They transmit their complete application file by post or by downloading the documents according to the provided instructions.

Content of the application:

Enrolment in a Master programme with a Swiss university or HES Bachelor


The Admissions Office processes the application and checks that formal admission conditions to the chosen programme are satisfied.

Provided they meet the formal conditions, applications are subsequently forwarded to the Faculty or School which must give its approval. 


Accepted candidates receive a certificate of admission to registration by postal mail, accompanied by information about UNIL and instructions explaining how to confirm their registration; rejected candidates also receive a written decision.

Each candidate will receive a written decision when his/her complete application (according to the requirements specified in the Directive en matière de conditions d’immatriculation) is received by the Admissions Office. Therefore, it is pointless to contact the Admissions Office in the meantime.


When the certificate of admission to registration is issued, the candidates receive an email containing their UNIL email address and access codes to their computer account (MyUnil, etc.). The candidates commit to consulting their UNIL e-mail at least once every five days and using only their address for any electronic communication with the university administration.

This email does not mean that the candidates are definitively admitted. They still have to confirm their registration.


Candidates confirm their registration according to instructions received with the certificate of admission to registration (in particular they have to present their original secondary school and university diplomas, as well as the original transcripts). Candidates must follow the deadlines mentioned in these instructions, otherwise their application will be cancelled.

Note: if the required diploma cannot be provided before resumption of courses, the registration is cancelled or must be postponed. In case of a postponment, the application will be examined on the basis of the current conditions of admission at the time of the reactivation of the application.


The invoice for course fees for the first semester is then sent out. The invoice is also available on MyUnil. The fees can be paid with the payment slip issued by the Admissions Office at a Swiss post office or by e-banking.


Once candidates have paid their course fees, they acquire the status of student; they can obtain a certificate of enrolment for the semester. The procedure will be indicated on the reverse of the invoice for course fees.


Several weeks may elapse therefore between dispatch of the application and the final decision on registration acceptance.
Candidates are therefore advised to submit their applications as soon as possible.

Note: it is essential to provide complete and correct information when applying at UNIL (online registration and sending of the documents) and when completing your application later on with complementary documents or information. Any omission or submitting of fake or falsified documents can lead to a refusal of admission or an exclusion from UNIL. The Rectorate may refuse registration when the actions of a candidate lead to the conclusion, with supporting evidence, that its registration could threaten the safety of the members of the University.



the French version of the registration conditions prevails
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