M.Sc. Education: Orientation Adult Education

  • On Campus
  • 20 months
  • EUR700 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR700 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • French ( Find a course )
Geneva - University of Geneva | Geneva, Switzerland
The Master in Education – Adult Education is designed first and foremost to enable students to develop both their analytical and teaching skills in the field of adult education. The programme takes into account the diversity of this area of social work and related professions by focusing on diverse disciplinary and methodological approaches based on relevant scientific research. The programme also introduces students to the international dimension of adult education as an area of both research and practice, primarily through various activities offered under the optional “European” module, which is a partial collaboration with partner universities.



Career opportunities

This degree may lead to:

  • Designing and implementing education measures
  • Coordinating pedagogical teams
  • Managing training programmes
  • Leading groups
  • Education consulting and counselling

… with working groups in private businesses, public services and institutions, associations and international organisations; with people looking for personal and professional development to build or change careers; with people experiencing problems entering the labour market or integrating into society more broadly.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

Starting in

  • ( General

    General deadline, applies to everyone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR 700 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR 700 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


During the online application process, applicants with a foreign degree will be charged an administrative fee of 65 CHF, to be deducted from the first-semester tuition fees.

Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS

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

Thematic courses, 48 credits

  • Adult learning
  • Interactions, work and training
  • Strategic planning and impact assessment of adult education
  • Life experience and the adult education process
  • International thematic seminars, etc.

Research preparation, 21 credits

Practical module

360 hours of teaching work placements in a position of responsibility

Dissertation, 27 credits

Duration full-time 20 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

English Language Requirements

Before starting a programme, you need to have a basic knowledge of the French language. Find French courses on Language Learning Portal.


Passive knowledge of English is recommended (courses may be offered in English in the European specialisation)

Level of French required

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


Admission criteria

A Bachelor of Education. Applicants with a continuing education diploma in “Adult Education – Analysis, Management and Development” or a Bachelor’s or Master’s in another field may also be admitted upon approval by the programme committee and completion of a complementary certificate in education consisting of a tailored curriculum within the Bachelor of Education.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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