M.A. Sciences and Practices of Education

  • On Campus
  • 18 months
  • EUR535 per Semester (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    EUR535 per Semester (EEA

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

  • French ( Find a course )
| Lausanne, Switzerland
The Master of Arts in Sciences and Practices of Education is delivered jointly by the University of Lausanne and the University of Teacher Education of the Canton of Vaud (HEP-VD). It offers a balanced combination of the professionalizing approach of the HEP-VD and the academic approaches of the UNIL.



This Masterís degree offers training during which the student will acquire a set of qualifications, skills and experience that will enable him/her to :

  • develop, enhance and complete his/her knowledge of academic and non-academic education ;
  • identify and describe the characteristics of the main educational systems in Switzerland and at international level ;
  • analyse the problems facing schools, from the learning process of students to the organisation of the school system and vocational training;
  • evaluate educational policies and practices for life-long learning ;
  • understand the educational process from a multidisciplinary viewpoint ;
  • lastly, propose alternatives and innovations in the field of education, from early childhood to adulthood.

Note that this Masterís course is not a teaching diploma.

The student can choose between two degree courses :
  • a Masterís degree worth 90 ECTS credits
  • a Masterís degree worth 120 ECTS credits, with specialisation.

The degree course worth 90 ECTS credits consists of three parts: mandatory courses, free-choice courses (including the possibility of an internship) and the Masterís thesis.

The degree course worth 120 ECTS includes the three parts of the course worth 90 ECTS credits and, in addition, a specialisation worth 30 ECTS. Each of the two specialisation orientations offers courses taught not only at UNIL and HEP, but also at IDHEAP (Institute of Advanced Studies in Public Administration) and HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland). It includes a mandatory internship. The two specialisations offered are :

  • Assessment and Management of Education and Training
  • Organisations and Transitions

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • EUR535 per semester ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • EUR535 per semester ( EEA

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

  • CHF 580 per semester
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Duration full-time 18 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Master in Sciences and Practices of Education offers a very wide range of courses ranging from basic disciplines (phi-losophy, history, sociology, economics, psychology, social psychology, anthropo-logy, general education) to more specific subjects (management of training systems, evaluation of learning processes, family education, gender and education, career paths, adult training, ICT and education, etc).The degree course includes three parts: courses attached to the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (SSP), courses atta-ched to the HEP-VD, and a Masterís dis-sertation.The dissertation is accompanied by methods workshops which students must attend. These workshops, designed to be a reflective meeting place between the SSP and the HEP-VD, propose the elaboration of an interdisciplinary methodology speci-fic to the sciences of education


The evaluation of knowledge takes diverse forms, for example seminar or research work, continuous assessment, oral or written examination. Each course is validated either by a pass certificate (seminars, research seminar and place-ments), or by a mark (course work and Masterís dissertation). There are three exam sessions per year (winter, summer, autumn). Conditions for passing the Masterís degree are described in the regulations of the Master in Sciences and Practices of Education.


Students enrolled on a Masterís degree have the possibility of completing a study semester in a HEP-VD partner institution.If the study programme completed under the mobility scheme is approved and sanctioned by the passing of exa-minations, credits acquired will be reco-gnised and validated in the studentís degree course

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.


The following may be admitted to the Masterís degree: students meeting the registration and enrolment conditions of the University of Lausanne and the HEP-VD who are in possession of a Bachelorís degree related to the study areas «Social and Cultural Anthropology», «Education Sciences», «Sociology», «Political Sciences», «Psychology», a University of Teacher Education degree or a qualification deemed equivalent by the Science Committee.

Students holding another Bachelorís degree awarded by a Swiss university or a qualification deemed equivalent may be admitted with possible course additions specified by the Science Committee. Enrolment on the programme is via the HEP-VD.Formal admission is pronounced by the Management Committee of the HEP-VD according to the recommendation of the Scientific Committee.

Teaching language
  • French. Recommended level : C1.

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