Bachelor’s and Master’s
The Bachelor’s and Master’s HES degrees awarded by the HES-SO respect the principles of the Bologna Accord and the legal bases of its implementation within the Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences.
- The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI
- Conférence suisse des Directrices et Directeurs cantonaux de la santé (CDS) (Swiss Conference of Cantonal Health Directors)
Education culminating in Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the Universities of Applied Sciences is based upon practice and prepares students to exercise professional activity requiring the application of scientific knowledge and methods as well as creative and artistic skills, depending on the department.
The Bachelor’s degree is a degree that concludes the first cycle of studies in higher education. In Switzerland, the Bachelor’s title corresponds to 180 ECTS credits, or 3 years of full-time studies*. Within a University of Applied Sciences, all the study streams offer an education that enables the student to earn a Bachelor’s degree, at minimum. This degree attests to a professional qualification.
The Master’s degree is awarded following completion of the second cycle of studies in higher education. To earn this degree, the student must acquire 90 ECTS credits corresponding to 3 semesters of full-time study*, or, for some specialisation programmes, 120 ECTS credits corresponding to 4 full-time semesters*.
*Bachelor’s and Master’s studies may also be done on a part-time basis or during employment.