Nursing Sciences, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English, French
University rank #146 (QS) ,
The University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO) are offering a joint Master of Science in Nursing Sciences.


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 MScSI teaches skills grouped in the following four areas: Foundations of the discipline of nursing and advanced nursing practice; Practice in providing direct specialised clinical care for patients, their families and their relatives in complex care situations; Consulting, coaching, guidance and leadership; Research and handling of scientific evidence.

These skills 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.

Programme Structure

  • Epistemology of Sciences
  • Theoretical Foundations and Fundamental Concepts of Nursing as a Discipline
  • Analysis of Concepts
  • 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
  • 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
  • Health Policies and Systems
  • Socio-economic and Ethical Aspects of Care
  • Care Quality and Risk Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

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.

Teaching language
  • French and English. Recommended levels : C1 in French, B2 in English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1070 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 535 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1070 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 535 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • CHF 580 per semester

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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