Masters of University of Geneva

The Master in
the Political Economy of Capitalism

offers an innovative programme of study in political economy that is unique in Europe and goes well beyond the narrow limits of traditional teaching in mainstream economics. The programme offers students a distinctive and stimulating intellectual breadth in terms of economic theories and methods, the objects of economic inquiry as well as its normative conclusions. It incorporates the socio-political and historical foundations of economic activity as an explicit part of its curriculum. To that end, it is enriched by perspectives from other social sciences, notably from sociology, political science and history, but only to the extent that they are concerned with economic phenomena such as the social relations that incorporate a trade or monetary dimension, that influence the distribution of economic resources or that shape the allocation of power. For that reason, the Master in the Political Economy of Capitalism is designed for students who are seeking a solid foundation in political economy rather than a multidisciplinary programme. The curriculum is organised around a core group of obligatory courses that will give students a solid grounding in the political economy of capitalism. Students then develop basic knowledge and skills in three areas of inquiry by choosing from a selection of courses in comparative political economy, economic history and international economics. Finally, they have the opportunity to tailor their programme to their own interests by choosing from a list of optional courses. As an integral element of their Master's degree, students will write a dissertation based on their own original research in political economy, conducted under the supervision of an instructor in the programme, with the option of continuing their research in political economy by writing a doctoral dissertation being available to excellent students.

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The Master in
the Political Economy of Capitalism

offers an innovative programme of study in political economy that is unique in Europe and goes well beyond the narrow limits of traditional teaching in mainstream economics. The programme offers students a distinctive and stimulating intellectual breadth in terms of economic theories and methods, the objects of economic inquiry as well as its normative conclusions. It incorporates the socio-political and historical foundations of economic activity as an explicit part of its curriculum. To that end, it is enriched by perspectives from other social sciences, notably from sociology, political science and history, but only to the extent that they are concerned with economic phenomena such as the social relations that incorporate a trade or monetary dimension, that influence the distribution of economic resources or that shape the allocation of power. For that reason, the Master in the Political Economy of Capitalism is designed for students who are seeking a solid foundation in political economy rather than a multidisciplinary programme. The curriculum is organised around a core group of obligatory courses that will give students a solid grounding in the political economy of capitalism. Students then develop basic knowledge and skills in three areas of inquiry by choosing from a selection of courses in comparative political economy, economic history and international economics. Finally, they have the opportunity to tailor their programme to their own interests by choosing from a list of optional courses. As an integral element of their Master's degree, students will write a dissertation based on their own original research in political economy, conducted under the supervision of an instructor in the programme, with the option of continuing their research in political economy by writing a doctoral dissertation being available to excellent students.

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Programme length

1.5 years (3 semesters)

Language of instruction

English

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in history - economics - society with 60 credits in economics or an equivalent degree in another field, by successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits) or a 60-credit complementary program.

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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

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The Master in the Political Economy of Capitalism

3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) | 90 ECTS credits
Required classes (36 credits):
  • Heterodox Economics
  • Political Economy of Capitalisms
  • Capitalism & Enterprise
  • Economic Policy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Research Atelier
Option classes and electives (30 credits):
  • History of Global Capitalism
  • History of Financial Crises
  • Social and Environmental Dilemmas in Capitalism
  • Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • The Economics of Globalization
  • Growth, Distribution and Politics: Empirical Perspectives
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their second semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

The Master in the Political Economy of Capitalism leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Banking and financial sector
  • Industrial enterprises
  • Consulting firms
  • Public policy and administration
  • International organisations such as the ILO, the WTO, the OECD and the UN
  • NGO
  • The media
  • Teaching and research

Contact information

Mr Gaetan Clavien
T. +41 (0)22 379 80 05
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The Master in
Sociology

offers students the critical tools and means to evaluate social, organisational, and individual dynamics in the economic, political, and social spheres of the modern world. The programme is aimed at training future sociologists in the fundamental qualitative and quantitative methods of the discipline: digital, visual, and anthropological methods, as well as network construction and analysis. The programme is designed around a full-scale group research project that allows students to put the methodologies they have studied into practice. In this stimulating environment, students will learn how to create problems and engineer their solutions, and how to define the terms of a research project and carry it out successfully. Individual coaching means students can develop conceptual and methodological autonomy, allowing them to make their own unique contributions to sociological knowledge.

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The Master in
Sociology

offers students the critical tools and means to evaluate social, organisational, and individual dynamics in the economic, political, and social spheres of the modern world. The programme is aimed at training future sociologists in the fundamental qualitative and quantitative methods of the discipline: digital, visual, and anthropological methods, as well as network construction and analysis. The programme is designed around a full-scale group research project that allows students to put the methodologies they have studied into practice. In this stimulating environment, students will learn how to create problems and engineer their solutions, and how to define the terms of a research project and carry it out successfully. Individual coaching means students can develop conceptual and methodological autonomy, allowing them to make their own unique contributions to sociological knowledge.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/sociologie

Programme length

1.5 years (3 semesters)

Languages of instruction

French, English

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in Sociology or an equivalent degree in another field, by successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits).

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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

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The Master in Sociology

3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) | 90 ECTS credits
Sociological Practice (Required courses) (24 credits):
  • Research forum and master class in Sociology
  • Research Workshop: Collective Inquiry
Elective teaching methods (18 credits):
  • Network Analysis
  • Advanced Qualitative Methods, etc.
Thematic studies (option classes) and electives (24 credits):
  • Cities and social change
  • Global Health
  • Transnational Migration and Social Relations of Gender, Race and Class
  • Organisations
  • Science, technology and society
  • Sociology of life course, etc.
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

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STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their second semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

The Master of Arts in Sociology leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Media 
  • Culture
  • Insurance and banking
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Public administrations
  • Research (private or public sector)

Contact information

Ms Yali Chen
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The Master in
Political Science

is a natural extension of the Bachelor in Political Science. It is designed to strengthen the training acquired at the Bachelor level, to develop research skills in political science and to prepare students for the next stage of their professional development, whether they choose to enter the labour market or pursue an academic career. This Master's programme offers students a choice of three specialisations composed of three courses in their chosen area of specialisation and two required methodology courses.

SPECIALISATION OPTIONS:

  • Political Behaviour
  • Comparative and International Politics
  • Political Theory
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The Master in
Political Science

is a natural extension of the Bachelor in Political Science. It is designed to strengthen the training acquired at the Bachelor level, to develop research skills in political science and to prepare students for the next stage of their professional development, whether they choose to enter the labour market or pursue an academic career. This Master's programme offers students a choice of three specialisations composed of three courses in their chosen area of specialisation and two required methodology courses.

SPECIALISATION OPTIONS:

  • Political Behaviour
  • Comparative and International Politics
  • Political Theory
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/science-politique

Programme length

1.5 years (3 semesters)

Languages of instruction

French, English

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in Political Science, International Relations Orientation International Policy or an equivalent degree in another field, upon successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits) or a 60 credits complementary programme.

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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

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The Master in Political Science

3 semesters (max. 5 semesters | 90 ECTS credits
Required courses (36 credits):

Themes and methodology, according to specialisation:

  • International Politics
  • International Relations and Domestic Politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Electoral Behaviour: From Classical Approaches to Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Movements
  • Political Behaviour: Institutions, Parties and Campaigns
  • Critical Theories of Race and Post-Colonialism
  • Theories of Citizenship, Justice and Multiculturalism
  • Normative Political Theory
Option classes and electives (30 credits):
  • Institutions and Conflict
  • Research Placement
  • Social Inequality and Representation
  • Actors in the policy process
  • Political Economy of International Aid, etc.
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

Videos

Presentation

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their second semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

A Master in Political Science leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in: 

  • Public administration
  • NGOs
  • Banking and insurance 
  • Print, audio-visual and electronic media 
  • Communications 
  • Public relations 
  • Human resources 
  • International organisations
  • Civil society
  • Academic research and teaching

Contact information

Mr Gaetan Clavien
T. +41 (0)22 379 80 05
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The Master in
Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (MIHDS)

The MIHDS stems from a partnership between the University of Geneva and organizations from International Geneva in the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This highly multidisciplinary Master's degree aims to train students to analyze problems and identify innovative solutions in terms of the governance of sustainability. The curriculum contains a high proportion of practical courses (project workshops), but also fundamental courses on sustainability development in all its dimensions (social, economic, and environmental). This Master's programme was created in partnership with Tsinghua University (Beijing). Students can apply either to the Dual or the Single track. The Dual track links two complementary programs, one in Geneva and the other in Beijing (minimum 1 year each), to earn two diplomas after two and a half years of study. Students of the Single track (UNIGE diploma) are required to do an exchange semester at one of the partner universities (currently Tsinghua, Bogotá, Dakar, Exeter, Lund, Medellín, Pisa, Sydney, Yonsei).

THREE AVAILABLE SPECIALISATION MODULES:

  • Sustainable Human Development
  • Sustainable consumption, production and organizations
  • Future cities and regions
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The Master in
Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (MIHDS)

The MIHDS stems from a partnership between the University of Geneva and organizations from International Geneva in the framework of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). This highly multidisciplinary Master's degree aims to train students to analyze problems and identify innovative solutions in terms of the governance of sustainability. The curriculum contains a high proportion of practical courses (project workshops), but also fundamental courses on sustainability development in all its dimensions (social, economic, and environmental). This Master's programme was created in partnership with Tsinghua University (Beijing). Students can apply either to the Dual or the Single track. The Dual track links two complementary programs, one in Geneva and the other in Beijing (minimum 1 year each), to earn two diplomas after two and a half years of study. Students of the Single track (UNIGE diploma) are required to do an exchange semester at one of the partner universities (currently Tsinghua, Bogotá, Dakar, Exeter, Lund, Medellín, Pisa, Sydney, Yonsei).

THREE AVAILABLE SPECIALISATION MODULES:

  • Sustainable Human Development
  • Sustainable consumption, production and organizations
  • Future cities and regions
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Programme length

2 years (4 semesters) for the standard program, Single Degree track program

2.5 years (5 semesters) for the special Dual Degree track, leading to both a diploma from UNIGE and a diploma from Tsinghua University

Language of instruction

English

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

Wide range of Bachelor's degrees, including Political Science, Economics, Geography, Environment, Information Technologies, Engineering, or Applied Sciences.
English language certificate .
Merit-based admission.

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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Innovation, Human Development and Sustainability (MIHDS)

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Compulsory core courses (24 credits):
  • Sustainable Development and Political Innovation
  • Workshop: Innovation for Sustainable Development
  • Research and Innovation Methodology
Elective core courses (12 credits):
  • Social and environmental dilemmas in capitalism
  • Theories and issues of Global Justice, etc.
Specialization (30 credits):
  • 1 Compulsory Workshop per Specialization (12 credits)
  • 1 Compulsory Course per Specialization (6 credits)
  • Specialisation electives (12 credits)
Mobility (30 credits):

1 year at Tsinghua University (Dual degree)
1 semester at a partner university (Single degree) University of Exeter, Lund University, Universita degli Studi Pisa, Université Cheikh Anta Diop/Dakar, Tsinghua University (Beijing and Shenzhen), Yonsei University, University of Sydney, Universidad Los Andes/Bogota, EAFIT/Medellin

Master's thesis or Internship's thesis/report (24 credits)

Mobility

Dual Degree track students spend 1 year in Tsinghua University, and do their Master's thesis under the supervision of a Tsinghua professor. Single Degree track students spend the third semester of the Master in one of the partner universities.

Professional Prospects

Students acquire theoretical and practical skills that allow them to apply in UN agencies, NGOs, the public sector (national, regional and local administrations) and the private sector.

 

 

 


 

Contact information

Ms Yali Chen
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The Master in
Environmental Science

is offered through University of Geneva's Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE). ISE pool distinct disciplinary expertise and backgrounds from various faculties, including the Faculty of Science, the Geneva School of Social Sciences and the Geneva School of Economics and Management.

This Master program aims at interdisciplinary teaching and research within current dynamic and fast growing environmental fields such as climate, energy, water biodiversity, human ecology, urbanism, governance and health.

Bridging these fields is the cornerstone of the curriculum offered to students - committing themselves to environmental careers or to fundamental research - an interdisciplinary approach to environmental sciences based on natural sciences and economic as well as social sciences.

Ultimately the master's program, enable the students to professionally navigate within complex and interdisciplinary environmental context far beyond the usual sectorial approach. This broad understanding of fields in natural sciences and economic and social sciences entailed in environmental management is a unique academic offering in Switzerland.

AVAILABLE SPECIALISATION MODULES:

  • Biodiversity ecosystems and society
     
  • Climatic impacts
     
  • Sustainable development and urbanization
     
  • Energy
     
  • Water sciences

COMPLEMENTARY TRAINING:

As a complement to the Master's in Environmental Science, students have the option of taking the Complementary Certificate in Geomatics (30 credits). The certificate is designed to provide students with training centred on new simulation technologies which use spatial referencing, in a practical, interdisciplinary setting. (www.unige.ch/cgeom).

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The Master in
Environmental Science

is offered through University of Geneva's Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE). ISE pool distinct disciplinary expertise and backgrounds from various faculties, including the Faculty of Science, the Geneva School of Social Sciences and the Geneva School of Economics and Management.

This Master program aims at interdisciplinary teaching and research within current dynamic and fast growing environmental fields such as climate, energy, water biodiversity, human ecology, urbanism, governance and health.

Bridging these fields is the cornerstone of the curriculum offered to students - committing themselves to environmental careers or to fundamental research - an interdisciplinary approach to environmental sciences based on natural sciences and economic as well as social sciences.

Ultimately the master's program, enable the students to professionally navigate within complex and interdisciplinary environmental context far beyond the usual sectorial approach. This broad understanding of fields in natural sciences and economic and social sciences entailed in environmental management is a unique academic offering in Switzerland.

AVAILABLE SPECIALISATION MODULES:

  • Biodiversity ecosystems and society
     
  • Climatic impacts
     
  • Sustainable development and urbanization
     
  • Energy
     
  • Water sciences

COMPLEMENTARY TRAINING:

As a complement to the Master's in Environmental Science, students have the option of taking the Complementary Certificate in Geomatics (30 credits). The certificate is designed to provide students with training centred on new simulation technologies which use spatial referencing, in a practical, interdisciplinary setting. (www.unige.ch/cgeom).

www.unige.ch/muse

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Languages of instruction

French (level B1) / English (level B1)

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor degree in Science, Economics, Social Science, International Relations, Medicine, Law or another degree deemed to be equivalent. HES (University of Applied Sciences) students who are specializing in environmental sciences are eligible for this programme, provided that their application is accepted and that they successfully complete additional courses, which may be equivalent to a maximum of 30 credits.

Merit-based admission.

Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Environmental Science

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Interdisciplinarity and immersion (16 credits)
Fundamentals (18 credits)
Methods (8 credits)
Specialized courses (27 credits)
Elective (18 credits)
Dissertation (33 credits)

Mobility

Mobility is possible in the 3rd and/or 4th semester. The dissertation is not eligible for equivalence but can be co-directed with the host university.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

A Master in Environmental Science leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad, in areas such as:

  • Government policy analysis and decision making: implementation of Sustainability agendas ( eg. Agenda-21) urban, land-use, transport and energy planning
  • Private sector consulting for companies: resources management, carbon emission limitation, energy savings
  • International negotiations: post-Kyoto international negotiations (2012 and beyond), biodiversity, health, habitat
  • Sectorial opportunities: energy (renewable energy, energy savings, constructions), chemical lab analysis, used waters, environmental heritage management (biodiversity, etc.), health, natural and financial risks, urban and land planning
  • Consulting firm, administration, politics, scientific journalism, teaching, cooperation
  • Fundamental research: physics, biology, chemistry, climatology, the humanities and social sciences

Contact information

Ms Nicole Efrancey Dao
T. +41 (0)22 379 08 76
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The Master in
International Economic History

is the only advanced degree of its kind in Switzerland. Firmly anchored in approaches and methods used in history, the programme nevertheless focuses significantly on other branches of the social sciences. The goal is threefold: to provide advanced and flexible training for careers in the public or private sector; to prepare students for advanced research in economic and social history, possibly even a PhD; and to enable students to teach at the secondary level.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/histoire-economique-internationale

The Master in
International Economic History

is the only advanced degree of its kind in Switzerland. Firmly anchored in approaches and methods used in history, the programme nevertheless focuses significantly on other branches of the social sciences. The goal is threefold: to provide advanced and flexible training for careers in the public or private sector; to prepare students for advanced research in economic and social history, possibly even a PhD; and to enable students to teach at the secondary level.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/histoire-economique-internationale

Programme length

1.5 years (3 semesters)

Language of instruction

French
Working knowledge of English is recommended.

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in History - Economics - Society with 60 credits in Economic History or an equivalent degree in another field, by successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits).

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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

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The Master in International Economic History

3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) | 90 ECTS credits
Required methodology classes (24 credits):
  • Methodology in International Economic History Research
  • Current Research Directions in International Economic History
  • Advanced research seminar
Thematic courses and electives (42 credits):
  • State and Society
  • RESET! Technical objects and equipment, digital technologies and feminist criticism
  • History of International Economic Regulation
  • Economic History of North-South Relations
  • History of Global Capitalism
  • Capitalism and Enterprise, etc.
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

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Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their second semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

A Master in International Economic History leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Private sector business, especially banking and finance
  • Public administration
  • International and humanitarian organisations
  • Journalism
  • Secondary school education
  • Academic research and teaching.

Contact information

Mr Gaetan Clavien
T. +41 (0)22 379 80 05
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The Master in
Public Management

The Master's in Public Management is an interdisciplinary programme with strong European and international foundations. It is a point of intersection between the academic and professional worlds, and helps students to master the tools and principles of effective and efficient management of public policy and organisations. It offers a critical examination of the current re-evaluation of the role of the State and the various proposals to reform government, liberalise public services, and privatise public companies. Students may complete a work placement in lieu of a thesis.

This Master's programme is the sole Swiss partner of the prestigious EMPA (European Master in Public Administration) network, which includes around ten institutions renowned for their public management studies programmes. Students of the Master's in Public Management may spend one semester at a partner university. In addition to the Master's from UNIGE, students have the possibility of obtaining the European EMPA degree.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/management-public

The Master in
Public Management

The Master's in Public Management is an interdisciplinary programme with strong European and international foundations. It is a point of intersection between the academic and professional worlds, and helps students to master the tools and principles of effective and efficient management of public policy and organisations. It offers a critical examination of the current re-evaluation of the role of the State and the various proposals to reform government, liberalise public services, and privatise public companies. Students may complete a work placement in lieu of a thesis.

This Master's programme is the sole Swiss partner of the prestigious EMPA (European Master in Public Administration) network, which includes around ten institutions renowned for their public management studies programmes. Students of the Master's in Public Management may spend one semester at a partner university. In addition to the Master's from UNIGE, students have the possibility of obtaining the European EMPA degree.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/management-public

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

French

Working knowledge of English and passive knowledge of German are recommended.

Merit-based admission.

 

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in Political Science, Law, Economics or an equivalent degree in another field.

Merit-based admission.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

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The Master in Public Management

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses (60 credits):
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Public Finances
  • Economic Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Drafting legislation
  • Comparative studies of government agencies, etc.
Available concentrations (30 credits):
  • Mention Management:
    Contrôle de l'administration; évaluation des politiques publiques, etc.
  • Mention Europe et relations internationales:
    Théorie de l'intégration économique européenne; les singularités du droit européen, etc.
  • Mention Politiques sociales:
    Socioéconomie des politiques sociales; gouvernance des régimes de sécutité sociale, etc.
  • Mention Communication politique:
    Communication corporate, Citoyenneté numérique, etc.
  • Mention Sustainable consumption, production & organizations:
    Corporate citizenship and cross-sector partnerships; Sustainability, social regulation and standardization, etc.
  • Mention Future Cities and Regions:
    Public Policies for Spatial Justice; Cities and social change, etc.
Master or Work Placement Thesis (30 credits)

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Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their third semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

A Master in Public Management leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Public administrations at the European or Swiss federal, cantonal or local level 
  • Public companies 
  • International organisations
  • NGOs in various sectors 
  • Civil society
  • Monitoring bodies
  • Parliamentary support services 
  • Private consulting
  • Print, audio-visual and electronic media 
  • Communications 
  • Public relations 
  • Human resources 
  • Teaching and scientific research

Contact information

Mr Gaetan Clavien
T. +41 (0)22 379 80 05
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The Master in
Journalism and Communication, concentration in media and digital communication

is offered in partnership with the University of Neuchâtel (UNINE). The UNINE programme prepares students for a career in journalism, while the University of Geneva programme emphasises communications and digital crafts and is considered a specialisation media and digital communications. The core curriculum (18 credits) taught by both universities provides fundamental theoretical grounding in sociology, communication, journalism and the media. The specialisation conferred in Geneva provides training in communications (in particular, the in-depth study of organisational communication, scientific communication, political communication, etc.), information in the context of the internet and the media (strategic information, communication strategy, web and social media projects, information processing, digital marketing, online reputation management), methodological tools, and survey methods. This Master's programme is designed to respond to the needs of companies and organisations who recruit graduates interested in working in the information and communication sectors in an era of rapidly developing current and new media.

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The Master in
Journalism and Communication, concentration in media and digital communication

is offered in partnership with the University of Neuchâtel (UNINE). The UNINE programme prepares students for a career in journalism, while the University of Geneva programme emphasises communications and digital crafts and is considered a specialisation media and digital communications. The core curriculum (18 credits) taught by both universities provides fundamental theoretical grounding in sociology, communication, journalism and the media. The specialisation conferred in Geneva provides training in communications (in particular, the in-depth study of organisational communication, scientific communication, political communication, etc.), information in the context of the internet and the media (strategic information, communication strategy, web and social media projects, information processing, digital marketing, online reputation management), methodological tools, and survey methods. This Master's programme is designed to respond to the needs of companies and organisations who recruit graduates interested in working in the information and communication sectors in an era of rapidly developing current and new media.

unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/journalisme-et-communication

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

French

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

Bachelor in Social Sciences or an equivalent degree in another field.

Merit-based admission.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
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Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Journalism and Communication, concentration in media and digital communication

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses: communication and journalism (18 credits):

Innovation, Media and Digital Society; Sociology of Digital Media; Media Law; Information Strategies

Thesis, internship and project (36 credits):

Thesis; Communication Strategy; Research Practice

In-Depth Communication (30 credits):

Organisational and Crisis Communication; Communication and Global Health; Political Communication; Speech and Content Analysis; Economics of the Media, Digital Society, and Knowledge of its Actors; Introduction to Digital Communications and Project; Storytelling

Digital and Applied Communications (30 credits):

Practitioners' Forum; Information Processing; Online Reputation Management; Digital Marketing and Data Analytics; Audience, Publicity, the Internet, and Social Networks; Videos, Photos, and Digital Technology; Applied Work; Practice of Communication

Electives (6 credits)

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their third semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

The Master in Journalism and Communication leads to professional opportunities in many sectors, both in Switzerland and abroad, such as:

  • Traditional professions in communication
  • Communication professions in the digital context (e.g.: Head of Digital Communications)
  • Web and digitally-oriented professions 
  • Professions closely associated with journalism and the media

Contact information

Mr Gaetan Clavien
T. +41 (0)22 379 80 05
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The Master in
Gender Studies

proposes a gender-based reading of the social world and its power relations. Social interaction between the sexes is a central aspect of all societies and is therefore a vital research focus for the social and human sciences. The goal of the Master's programme is to provide students with the concepts and tools for understanding and analysing current social trends from an interdisciplinary perspective. In line with this objective, students are taught to apply shared concepts, formulate targeted research enquiries to explore gender-related issues, and mobilise the methodologies of various disciplines.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/etudes-genre

The Master in
Gender Studies

proposes a gender-based reading of the social world and its power relations. Social interaction between the sexes is a central aspect of all societies and is therefore a vital research focus for the social and human sciences. The goal of the Master's programme is to provide students with the concepts and tools for understanding and analysing current social trends from an interdisciplinary perspective. In line with this objective, students are taught to apply shared concepts, formulate targeted research enquiries to explore gender-related issues, and mobilise the methodologies of various disciplines.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/etudes-genre

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

French
Working knowledge of English is recommend.

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in Social Sciences or an equivalent degree in another field, by successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits).

Merit-based admission.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/inscription/admissionmaster

Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Gender Studies

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses (66 credits):
  • Gender and History in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Gender Studies Research Workshop
  • Work and Gender: Dynamics and Contemporary Issues
  • Geography of Gender and Sexuality, etc.
Electives (30 credits):
  • Sociology of Public Problems
  • Critical Theories of Race and Post-Colonialism
  • Gender and Sexuality Politics
  • LGBTQ+ Studies: Theory, History, Politics
  • Gender, Bodies, and Biomedicine
  • Law, Gender and Sexualities, etc.
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

Videos

Presentation

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange from their 3rd semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at the host faculty. The Master's thesis may not be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

The Master of Arts in Gender Studies leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Research and teaching 
  • Public policies on equality 
  • Human resources
  • Vocational training and career counselling 
  • Journalism and publishing 
  • Management of equality projects in businesses 
  • NGOs 
  • Associations 
  • Administration

Contact information

Ms Yali Chen
T. +41 (0)22 379 89 66
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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 development and North-South inequality, population studies or social policy. 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).

SPECIALISATION OPTIONS:

  • Social Policy
  • Development and Migration
  • Demographics
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/socioeconomie

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 development and North-South inequality, population studies or social policy. 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).

SPECIALISATION OPTIONS:

  • Social Policy
  • Development and Migration
  • Demographics
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/socioeconomie

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

French

Working knowledge of English is recommended.

Merit-based admission.

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in Economics, Social Sciences or an equivalent degree in another field, by successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits).

Merit-based admission.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/inscription/admissionmaster

Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Socio-Economics

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses (54 credits):
  • The Human Development Approach: Overview, Scope and Limits
  • Socio-Economics Workshop
  • Socio-Economics of Social Policy
  • Heterodox Economics
  • Well-being and Sustainability: Current Issues for Demographics
  • Social Science Data Sources
  • Survey Data Analysis, etc. 
Other courses and electives (42 credits):

Thematic and methodological courses, depending on the specialisation option:

  • Socio-Economics of Inequality
  • Social Analysis Clinic
  • Population and Development: Data Sources and Analysis Methods
  • Challenges of International Migration
  • Populations and Families in Contemporary Asia
  • Longitudinal Data Analysis, etc.
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

Videos

Presentation

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange from their 3rd semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at the host faculty. The Master's thesis may not be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

The Master in Socio-Economics leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Local, national or international administration and institutions 
  • NGOs and, more generally, associations within the social and solidarity economy
  • The private sector: social and environmental responsibility and intercultural dimensions
  • Secondary schools

Contact information

Ms Yali Chen
T. +41 (0)22 379 89 66
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The Master in
Sustainable societies and social change

addresses the role of society as central to transformations towards sustainability, offering conceptual handles and practical tools for better understanding how societies are organized and regulated, while delivering instruments for supporting social change. By bridging theory with practice, students gain access to key concepts and central themes - such as sustainable consumption and production dynamics, social movements and the role of organizations, or corporate responsibility and supply chain management. The course program builds core skills grounded in interdisciplinary approaches, including the role of different actors / sectors / processes towards sustainable social change. The methodological courses deliver competencies for working with both qualitative and quantitative methods, along with experiences in conducting applied research projects. Originally launched in 2011 as the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainability, the role of sustainability standards remains a central theme, thanks to a partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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The Master in
Sustainable societies and social change

addresses the role of society as central to transformations towards sustainability, offering conceptual handles and practical tools for better understanding how societies are organized and regulated, while delivering instruments for supporting social change. By bridging theory with practice, students gain access to key concepts and central themes - such as sustainable consumption and production dynamics, social movements and the role of organizations, or corporate responsibility and supply chain management. The course program builds core skills grounded in interdisciplinary approaches, including the role of different actors / sectors / processes towards sustainable social change. The methodological courses deliver competencies for working with both qualitative and quantitative methods, along with experiences in conducting applied research projects. Originally launched in 2011 as the Master in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainability, the role of sustainability standards remains a central theme, thanks to a partnership with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

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Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction


Required classes are taught in English.

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

Bachelor's in Social Sciences or equivalent qualification, in addition to an English proficiency test.

Merit-based admission.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/inscription/admissionmaster

Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Sustainable societies and social change

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required courses (72 credits):
  • Sustainability: Concepts and Critiques
  • Sustainability, Social Regulation and Standardization
  • Cities and Social Change
  • Corporate Sustainability and Cross-Sector Partnerships
  • Sociology of Organizations meets Sustainability Issues
  • Governance of Global Supply Chains
  • The Economics of Globalization
  • Governing sustainability: expertise, innovation and conflict
  • Qualitative and Participatory Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Workshop: Sustainable Consumption and Social Change
  • Master Thesis or Internship Report
Electives (24 credits)
Master's thesis or internship report (24 credits)

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange from their 3rd semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at the host faculty. The Master's thesis may not be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

Since the launch of the program in 2011, close to 100 alumni have gone on to find careers in the public and private sector, as well as among international organizations - in Switzerland and internationally. A 2016 survey by our students found that a majority of our graduates were able to find a suitable job within six months of graduation. In 2019, a similar survey among alumni found that the internship opportunities during their studies were a valuable asset for their job search. The program benefits from an external Advisory Committee, made up of actors from public administration, the private sector, and from among International Organizations. The aim of the AC is to ensure the professional relevance of the program, and make links between the "world of work" and studies.

Contact information

Ms Yali Chen
T. +41 (0)22 379 89 66
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The Master in
Urban and Regional Planning

is a joint Master's run by UNIGE and HES-SO. It offers in-depth training in the areas of land-use planning, urban development and landscape planning, both in the northern and southern hemispheres. The programme focuses on providing students with practical experience (through internships or project-based workshops) so that they obtain the expertise they need to make territorial diagnoses, design and implement urban planning projects, and coordinate urban and regional development.

Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of the technical, legal and practical tools frequently used by professionals. Critical thinking is another major focus of the programme: in addition to mastering various tools and techniques, students must also be able to analyse current and future issues affecting urban and regional development in order to put forward innovative solutions.

The programme prepares students for the job market, with a sharp focus on practical work (workshops, case studies and internships).  

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UNIGE CONCENTRATIONS:

Regional development I Territorial Development in the Global South I Urban Planning and Design

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HES-SO CONCENTRATIONS:

Geomatic engineering I Landscape architecture I Operational urban planning   

COMPLEMENTARY TRAINING:

As a complement to the Master's in Territorial Development, students have the option of taking the Complementary Certificate in Geomatics (30 credits). The certificate is designed to provide students with training centred on new simulation technologies which use spatial referencing, in a practical, interdisciplinary setting.

unige.ch/cgeom

The Master in
Urban and Regional Planning

is a joint Master's run by UNIGE and HES-SO. It offers in-depth training in the areas of land-use planning, urban development and landscape planning, both in the northern and southern hemispheres. The programme focuses on providing students with practical experience (through internships or project-based workshops) so that they obtain the expertise they need to make territorial diagnoses, design and implement urban planning projects, and coordinate urban and regional development.

Students also acquire in-depth knowledge of the technical, legal and practical tools frequently used by professionals. Critical thinking is another major focus of the programme: in addition to mastering various tools and techniques, students must also be able to analyse current and future issues affecting urban and regional development in order to put forward innovative solutions.

The programme prepares students for the job market, with a sharp focus on practical work (workshops, case studies and internships).  

jmdt.ch

UNIGE CONCENTRATIONS:

Regional development I Territorial Development in the Global South I Urban Planning and Design

unige.ch/gedt/formations/maitrise-en-developpement-territorial

HES-SO CONCENTRATIONS:

Geomatic engineering I Landscape architecture I Operational urban planning   

COMPLEMENTARY TRAINING:

As a complement to the Master's in Territorial Development, students have the option of taking the Complementary Certificate in Geomatics (30 credits). The certificate is designed to provide students with training centred on new simulation technologies which use spatial referencing, in a practical, interdisciplinary setting.

unige.ch/cgeom

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Language of instruction

French
Some courses are given in English.

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

FOR UNIGE CONCENTRATIONS

Bachelor's degree in political science, sociology, ethnology/anthropology, law, geography, history, economics, international relations, development studies, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, or an equivalent degree. Students who hold a Bachelor's degree in a subject that is not directly related to urban and regional planning may be required to complete an additional programme (corequisites or prerequisites).

Bachelor's degree from a university of applied science in a subject related to urban and regional planning (architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, environmental studies, social work, etc.). Students may be required to complete an additional programme (corequisites or prerequisites).

Merit-based admission.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/inscription/admissionmaster

Applications

By Concentration

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Urban and Regional Planning

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Required classes each concentration (78 credits)
Electives (12 credits)
Master's thesis (30 credits)

Videos

Presentation

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Alumni TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their second semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

The Master in Urban and Regional Development prepares graduates for careers in regional and urban planning, landscape architecture and environmental management. Graduates find work in a variety of settings: specialised consulting firms, cantonal or municipal planning offices, local planning bodies, regional parks, development cooperation agencies, research agencies, etc.

Contact information

Ms Nicole Efrancey Dao
T. +41 (0)22 379 08 76
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Contact for HES-SO concentrations
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The Master in
Political and Cultural Geography

teaches students to adopt a critical approach that is inherently political and cultural and has profoundly changed the face of human geography in recent years. Students will learn to analyse the relationship between imagined geographies, social practices and systems of power and domination, and how they are involved in creating geographical realities.

The programme takes an innovative approach to teaching, with workshops on how to make documentary films, podcasts and comics, as well as a field trip lasting several days. In addition to the compulsory courses, students can choose from an array of electives offered by the University of Geneva. Students can opt to take the Complementary Certificate in Visual Studies to strengthen their visual analytical skills, or the Complementary Certificate in Geomatics to obtain more practical know-how that is highly sought-after by employers.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/geographie

The Master in
Political and Cultural Geography

teaches students to adopt a critical approach that is inherently political and cultural and has profoundly changed the face of human geography in recent years. Students will learn to analyse the relationship between imagined geographies, social practices and systems of power and domination, and how they are involved in creating geographical realities.

The programme takes an innovative approach to teaching, with workshops on how to make documentary films, podcasts and comics, as well as a field trip lasting several days. In addition to the compulsory courses, students can choose from an array of electives offered by the University of Geneva. Students can opt to take the Complementary Certificate in Visual Studies to strengthen their visual analytical skills, or the Complementary Certificate in Geomatics to obtain more practical know-how that is highly sought-after by employers.

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/masters/geographie

Programme length

1.5 years (3 semesters)

Language of instruction

French
Working knowledge of English is recommended.

Conditions of registration

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor's in Geography or an equivalent degree in another field, by successful completion of co-requisite courses (6 to 30 credits).

www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/etudiants/reglements
www.unige.ch/sciences-societe/formations/inscription/admissionmaster

Applications

Deadline: 28 February 2023

www.unige.ch/enrolment

The Master in Political and Cultural Geography

3 semesters (max. 5 semesters) | 90 ECTS credits
Required classes (30 credits):
  • Social and Spatial Issues
  • History and Epistemology of Geography
  • Critical Approach to the Division of the World
  • Territories and Borders, etc.
Workshops (12 credits):
  • Documentary Films-Making Workshop
  • Identities and Civility Workshop
  • Terrain Workshop
Option classes and electives (24 credits):
  • Visual Culture and Social Sciences: the World in Films and Cartoons
  • Exoticism: from «Discovery» to Tourist Attraction
  • Mountains: Imaginary Geographies and Planning
  • Geographies of Gender and Sexualities: Body, Spaces, and Social Relationships
  • Indigenous Peoples, Territories and Knowledge: Decolonial and Postcolonial Perspectives
Master's thesis or work placement dissertation (24 credits)

Videos

Presentation

Alumni TESTIMONIALS

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Mobility

Master's students are permitted to go on exchange for one semester. Students may go on exchange as early as their second semester but may earn no more than 30 credits at another university. The dissertation cannot be substituted.

www.unige.ch/exchange

Professional Prospects

A Master in Political and Cultural Geography leads to a number of opportunities both in Switzerland and abroad in:

  • Secondary-school education
  • The international sector (UN agencies, NGOs and international cooperation), the not-for-profit sector and the public sector
  • Research

Contact information

Ms Yali Chen
T. +41 (0)22 379 89 66
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