M.Sc. Speech and Language Therapy

Geneva Summer Schools-University of Geneva

Application deadline: 30 April
Tuition fee:
  • € 700 / Year (EEA)
  • € 700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Master in Speech and Language Therapy is a professional degree recognised across Switzerland and designed to train speech and language therapists. The programme combines psychology, language sciences, education, neuroscience and medicine and includes a significant hands-on training component, while providing students with a solid scientific foundation through lectures and research. The objective is two-fold: to train students in the scientific study of speech, language, human communication and related disorders and to prepare them for the primary professional activities of speech and language therapists, namely, counselling and prevention, assessment and diagnosis, support and follow-up of patients with disorders affecting the voice, speech, spoken and written language and the ability to swallow or communicate.

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Programme outline

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Master in Speech and Language Therapy

4 semesters (max. 6 semesters), 120 ECTS credits

Courses, 34 credits

* Communication disorders in children
* Neuropsychology of language in adults
* Clinical audiophonology
* Phoniatrics

Practical training, 50 credits

* Problem-based learning seminar: developmental disorders
* Practical analysis
* Professional awareness
* Work placements

Electives, 6 credits

Research training, 30 credits

* Research symposium
* Dissertation


Students may go on exchange regardless of how many credits they have completed at the Faculty. Students may earn up to 60 credits while on exchange for one or two semesters.

Career opportunities

This Master´s programme enables graduates to work as speech and language therapists (the degree is recognised in Switzerland) in various settings, such as private practices, schools, specialised institutions and hospitals.


Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences: Uni Mail, 40 bd du Pont d´Arve, CH-1211 Genève 4

Psychology section

Student affairs:

Ms Catherine Ona

T. +41 (0)22 379 90 19


Ms Martine Pasquali-Bacchetta

T. +41 (0)22 379 90 18


Ms Anne Jaquier

T. +41 (0)22 379 90 17


Academic advisor:

Ms Pascale Pasche-Provini

T. +41 (0)22 379 90 11



Level of French required

Eliminatory general test for non-Francophones with the exception of the following cases:

Admission criteria

Admission is merit-based and a Bachelor in Psychology, or an equivalent degree, is required. Bachelor-level prerequisites are also required, including introductory courses on language and education sciences and various psycholinguistics and audiophonology courses. Applicants with a Bachelor of Education or Language Sciences are also eligible for admission, provided that they have obtained, or are pursuing, complementary certificates; i.e. the psychology of speech and language therapy (60 ECTS credits) or psycholinguistics (30 ECTS credits). Applicants may receive advanced standing for up to one third of the certificate courses depending on their prior studies and experience.

Admission process for the Master in Speech and Language Therapy

The number of students admitted to the Master´s programme is limited to the number of available work placements. Admission is based on an application, an ENT exam certificate (form available on the programme´s website) and a day of skills testing with a view to assessing applicants´:

* Professional potential in accordance with the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Education Directors (CDIP) regulations regarding the recognition of diplomas issued by graduate speech and language therapy institutes (adopted on 3 November 2000);
* Command of spoken and written French;
* Motivation to train in the scientific study of speech, language, communication and related disorders.

Three copies of the application should be addressed to the Speech and Language Therapy committee and submitted to the programme secretariat in December. The exact date is posted on the programme´s website at the beginning of the autumn semester (Students are selected between the autumn and spring semesters for the following September.


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