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The GSI designs, coordinates, and promotes Master's programs and research on Area Studies and the challenges of globalization from an interdisciplinary perspective. To that end the GSI brings together instructors and researchers from the Faculties of Law, Humanities, Medecine, Sciences, Social Sciences, and from the Geneva School of Economics and Management. We offer a four-semester program leading to a Master's in European Studies, and a three-semester program leading to a Master's in Russian and Central European Studies. In 2015, two new programs will be offered: a Master's in Middle East Studies and a Master's in Global Health.

To be eligible for Master's studies, students must have completed a degree corresponding to at least 180 ECTS credits (e.g., a Bachelor's degree or a Licence degree) at a university or other higher education institution recognized as equivalent by the University of Geneva.


The University of Geneva Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) is a two year full time programme which aims to study contemporary health issues from interdisciplinary and international perspectives. The MScGH mission is to provide students the toolbox to understand and analyse health issues whose determinants are interlinked and whose complexity transcends borders and sectors of activity.

The MScGH seeks to combine the most relevant approaches on global health drawing on the perspectives of all relevant academic disciplines and global health actors based in Geneva. The MScGH is specifically designed to take advantage of the rich international environment of Geneva.



This program, corresponding to 120 ECTS credits, offers three possible concentrations: "Cultures and Societies", "Economics, Politics, and Societies", and "Institutions, Law, and Societies". It comprises a core curriculum of basic European Studies courses and advanced courses, as well as in-depth courses on specialised subjects. This program is taught in French, but it requires a reading knowledge of English.

The "Cultures and Societies" concentration stems directly from the legacy of European Institute founder Denis de Rougemont, who believed that culture is fundamental to the process of the construction of Europe. Emphasizing the diversity of Europe's sources of culture, its rich history, and the long period over which Europe has been constructed, this concentration is composed of courses in history and the history of ideas as well as courses underscoring the different dimensions of European culture: literature, film, intercultural relations, and cosmopolitanism.

The "Economics, Politics, and Societies" concentration offers courses from the disciplines of political science, sociology, and economic science. In addition to courses on EU institutions, internal politics, relations with citizens, media, and security questions, this concentration is particularly focused on the international dimensions of the European Union. In the economic domain, we offer innovative courses on the economic relations between Europe and the rest of the world, particularly with developing countries.

The "Institutions, Law, and Societies" concentration insists on the central role of law in the process of European integration. The foundations, production, principles, and implementation of European law make up the framework of this concentration. In the context of European integration, law seems to precede European society. The coexistence of national societies and their own laws with a body of supranational European law problematizes the question through an interdisciplinary perspective.

As a capstone for their course of study, students choose between an internship and a thesis. The internship represents a professional learning experience and a report on that experience, while the thesis is a preparation for academic research.



This program offers 90 ECTS credits over three (minimum) or four (maximum) semesters. This program is primarily taught in French. Reading knowledge of English is required. Certain elective seminars require knowledge of the Russian language, and are designed for students holding a Bachelor's degree in Russian or who are native speakers of Russian. We find that many Bachelor's students wish to specialize in this region while pursuing studies in their chosen disciplines (e.g., law, economic sciences, humanities, or political science). For that reason our courses are articulated through an interdisciplinary perspective. While the dominant components of the Master's in Russian and Central European Studies are contemporary history, current events, and cultural studies, other disciplines such as economic sciences, law, political science, sociology, and geography are highlighted in the diverse course catalogue.

As a capstone for their course of study, students choose between an internship and a thesis. The internship represents a professional learning experience and a report on that experience, while the thesis is a preparation for academic research.



The Master of Arts dedicated to the Middle East is constructed to enrich considerations of issues relating to this region: its history, culture and geopolitics. The program offers studies of the social movements, democratisation processes and stability in Maghreb and Machrek and the emergence of this area in the domains of arts and patrimony. This Master also provides a view onto the influence of new actors such as Turkey and Gulf countries, along with the economics of petroleum income.

This program offers teachings to students who wish to specialise in questions relating to the Middle-East by adopting an open and multi-disciplinary approach.


Africa is experiencing radical changes. Whether it is in the economic, social, environmental demographic or political sphere, African societies are evolving fast. This Master’s programme provides the critical distance needed to understand these transformations in all their complexity. The curriculum stands out for its interdisciplinarity, combining approaches from the social, natural and human sciences. It also provides a long-term perspective and gives students the opportunity to study Africa not in isolation, but in terms of the continent’s interactions with the rest of the world.

The Master begins with the interdisciplinary core curriculum. After the first semester, students can choose between two areas of specialisation: “Environment and societies”, which focuses on environmental challenges and the way they influence life in society; and “States, societies and development”, which examines the formation of states since the colonial era and their role in development-related issues at various levels.

Geneva, which houses many international organisations, is a unique place to study these dynamics. This Master’s programme also places particular emphasis on experience in the field, and students can take advantage of exchanges with UNIGE’s partner universities in Africa. To complete their course, students choose between a “research” option, which includes a fieldwork and a thesis, and a “professionalising” option involving a work placement/internship over several months and a detailed internship report report.

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