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Master of Science HES⁠-⁠SO - UNIL
in Health Sciences


The HES⁠-⁠SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland and the University of Lausanne (UNIL) are offering a joint Master of Science programme in health sciences (MScSa) that includes five majors.

Its goal is to meet advanced educational needs in the health sector for holders of Bachelor's degrees in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nutrition and dietetics, midwifery and radiologic medical imaging technology.

The programme includes both modules common to all students and modules that are specific to majors. Much of the teaching is shared with the Master of Nursing Sciences (MScSI) programme, also offered jointly by UNIL and HES⁠-⁠SO.

The MScSa is placed under the responsibility of HES⁠-⁠SO Master and aims to train experts in a core profession. It focuses on applied research and development skills and on leadership, particularly in terms of the transfer of scientific knowledge into practice. It seeks to develop interprofessional collaboration in order to promote and oversee coordinated, efficient and high-quality operations. The MScSa graduates will be able to take on positions of significant responsibility in the health system.

Skills developed

  • expert knowledge of the profession
  • increased clinical decision-making abilities and improved judgements in complex and uncertain situations
  • broadened knowledge of the sociomedical context and its issues and ability to contribute to the development of innovative practices
  • ability to perform leadership in teams
  • capacity to develop evidence-based scientific practices and to supervise implementation  in operational environments
  • capability to develop and direct clinical projects, prevention projects and health promotion projects
  • capacity to produce knowledge and communicate it to both specialists and non-specialists
  • strengthened interprofessional collaboration and independence of healthcare professions with respect to innovative models

Moreover, these studies in a university of applied sciences (UAS) enable the exercise and development of interdisciplinary skills such as analysis and synthesis, the ability to lead a research project, oral and written communication, a critical mind, and the capacity to communicate knowledge. This range of skills, joined with the specialised knowledge acquired during the programme, allows graduates to take on positions in a variety of different sectors.


Admission is based on the applicant’s degree.

Applicants must hold:

  • a Bachelor’s degree (or UAS degree) from a Swiss university of applied sciences in occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, radiological medical imaging technology, midwifery or an equivalent degree
  • a retroactive UAS degree (OPT) in occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy or midwifery
  • an equivalent recognised foreign degree in occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy, radiological medical imaging technology or midwifery, granted in the country that authorised the degree holder to practice professionally.

Programme of study

The MScSa and a modular programme that includes 30 ECTS credits common to the 5 majors, shared for the most part with the MScSI. Each major includes 30 ECTS credits specific to the student's profession. The Master’s thesis is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits.
The common parts, specific parts and the Master’s thesis run parallel to each other over the course of semesters.

A study plan will be developed that will enable students to progress in the acquisition of skills. Part-time students must nevertheless respect a certain order in the choice of modules.

Conditions for course success

Each module is followed by assessments designed to ensure that students have understood the material taught. The ways in which these assessments will be carried out will be defined by the leader of the module who will inform students at the beginning of the teaching session.

Teaching locations

Classes will take place in different locations:

  • HES⁠-⁠SO Master, Lausanne
  • UNIL, for the courses in common with the MScSI
  • University of Geneva (UNIGE)
  • in the various HES⁠-⁠SO Schools that organise specialisations in Lausanne, Geneva or Sierre.

Course organisation and fees

ECTS Credits
3 full-time semesters or 6 part-time semesters. The maximum duration of studies cannot exceed 6 semesters.
The language of instruction is French. Some classes may be given in English. Good writing skills in French are essential. The readings require proficiency in English. A B2 level is recommended.
Registration fees
CHF 150.-
CHF 500 per semester (tuition fees)
CHF 250 per semester (study costs)
Bank details
The study programme begins on calendar week 38. Classes take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, for both full-time and part-time programmes.

Professional prospects

The skills acquired will enable graduates to increase their decision-making capacities on the job, to occupy leadership roles in teams, to supervise projects and to lead research and publication activities.


  • Public or private healthcare institutions
  • Independent practice
  • Organisation of the healthcare system
  • Teaching and research in universities of applied health sciences

Ludivine Soguel Alexander
Head of Master MScSa

HES⁠-⁠SO Master
Av. de Provence 6
CH-1007 Lausanne
T +41 58 900 00 02

T + 41 58 900 01 10
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  • April 30, 2020
  • For all candidates who need a visa: March 15, 2020.
    After this date, only complete applications will be considered.

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