Sciences and Practices of Education, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Semester)
    Tuition (Semester)
  • French
University of Lausanne ,
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.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


This Master’s 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 Master’s course is not a teaching diploma.

The student can choose between two degree courses :
  • a Master’s degree worth 90 ECTS credits
  • a Master’s 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 Master’s 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

Programme Structure

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 Master’s 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 Master’s dissertation). There are three exam sessions per year (winter, summer, autumn). Conditions for passing the Master’s degree are described in the regulations of the Master in Sciences and Practices of Education.


Students enrolled on a Master’s 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 student’s degree course

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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The following may be admitted to the Master’s degree: students meeting the registration and enrolment conditions of the University of Lausanne and the HEP-VD who are in possession of a Bachelor’s 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 Bachelor’s 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.

Tuition Fee Per Semester

  • EUR 535 International
  • EUR 535 EU/EEA
  • CHF 580 per semester


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