M.Sc. Nursing Sciences

University of Lausanne

Application deadline: April 30
Tuition fee:
  • € 545 / Semester (EEA)
  • € 545 / Semester (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Placed under the aegis of the University Institute of Training and Research in Patient Care (IUFRS), this programme is intended to train future graduates as specialist nursing clinical practitioners, to optimise the quality of treatment and the safety of patients and guarantee the efficient use of resources. They will be the first choice as partners for interdisciplinary work in patient care and health promotion.

The specific skills they acquire will enable these new health professionals to play a pivotal role in health-care organisations, ensuring the ongoing renewal of nursing practices. They will contribute to organisational changes and any necessary developments in the health system.


The subjects comprising the Masters programme are grouped into teaching modules. The teaching may take the form of courses, seminars or practical work. The first three modules are made up of compulsory subjects corresponding to a total of 50 ECTS credits. A fourth module, worth 10 ECTS credits, is made up of freely chosen study options. Lastly, the fifth module requires the completion of a Masters thesis worth 30 ECTS credits.


Each subject, whether compulsory or freely chosen, is assessed to verify that the student has acquired the knowledge taught. The assessment procedures are defined by the teacher concerned and communicated to the students at the start of teaching.

Skills development

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as those mentioned in the «Career prospects» section.


1st year

Module I: Foundations of Nursing as a


* Epistemology of Sciences
* Theoretical Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Nursing as a Discipline
* Analysis of Concepts

8 ECTS credits

Module II: Methodology and Scientific Tools

* Methods of Research in Nursing Sciences I - Foundations and Processes
* Methods of Research in Nursing Sciences II - Conclusive Results and Best Practices
* Statistical Tools for Health Sciences I
* Statistical Tools for Health Sciences II
* Analytical Tools for Health Sciences
* Research Seminar

15 ECTS credits

Module III: Foundations and Organisation of Advanced Practice

* Advanced Nursing Practice
* Leadership, Communication Strategies and Interdisciplinarity
* A Systemic Approach to the Family
* Development and Management of Clinical Care Projects
* Implementation and Assessment of a Clinical Care Project

18 ECTS credits

Module IV: Freely chosen Study courses

5 ECTS credits

Module V: Masters Thesis

2nd year

Module II: Methodology and Scientific Tools

* Research Seminar

3 ECTS credits

Module III: Foundations and Organisation of Advanced Practice

* Health Policies and Systems
* Socio-economic and Ethical Aspects of Care
* Care Quality and Risk Management

6 ECTS credits

Module IV: Freely chosen Study courses

5 ECTS credits

Module V: Masters Thesis

30 ECTS credits


Candidates are eligible for enrolment in a Master programme if they hold a Bachelor degree awarded by a Swiss university or another university qualification deemed equivalent by the Rectorate in the corresponding discipline.

Candidates holding a HES* Bachelor are admitted subject to catch up the missing theoretical bases during the Master programme.

*Haute Ecole Spécialisée

Candidates with a Bachelor in a different field from the chosen Master programme are admitted on the condition of catching up the theoretical bases before starting their studies.

The faculty regulations or study plans specify the essential theoretical bases.

General rules for university studies

The total number of credits gained and courses taken within the bachelor or master programme or the university degree deemed equivalent by the Rectorate, must have been achieved at a university recognised by the Rectorate of the University of Lausanne.

Only university programmes comparable to those existing in Switzerland and followed at public universities (or at least accredited universities recognised by UNIL) are accepted.

In case of doubt, it is up to the candidates to submit all the necessary documents to establish their eligibility.

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