Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

General Content

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences provides a solid training necessary to the understanding and analysis of social and cultural phenomena. The degree course follows a largely interdisciplinary approach and strives to explain both the general functioning of societies and their diversity.

The degree course in social sciences includes four main disciplines: social and cultural anthropology, sociologiy, social policy and social psychology.

Studies in the field of social sciences provide the epistemological framework and methodological tools required to understand the social environments in which individuals live. They thus allow to analye the behaviours of individuals in relation to their social living conditions from the perspectives of culture, economics and politics.

Course Structure


Practical Information

Faculty of Social and Political Sciences

Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences

ECTS Credits

6 semesters

Teaching Language

Enrolment Deadline
30 April. If you require a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

Further information
Course description

Study Options After the Bachelor's Degree

At UNIL, the following Master's programmes are open without further conditions to holders of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Social Sciences:

Career Opportunities

Studying with the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences offers a wide range of options. As a result, graduates in Social Sciences work in a variety of areas, in numerous professional sectors.

Except for a few specialist areas that require qualifications in a particular field, graduates may move into sectors that do not necessarily have a direct link with their discipline.

Career prospects depend partly on the choice of Master’s course.

Areas of activity

  • Research in public or private-sector organisations, often in multidisciplinary groups
  • Local, national or international public authorities and intergovernmental organisations: project management, coordination and advice to authorities
  • Written and audiovisual information, and media
  • Surveys and market research
  • Cultural areas, for example, event management firms and publishing houses: event organisation and communications, management of cultural institutions, etc.
  • Human resources, marketing, advertising and public relations
  • Sociological surveys
  • Community networks: project management and coordination
  • Development cooperation

In figures

Every two years, the Swiss Federal Statistical Office (OFS) conducts a survey on graduate employment, one year after students have completed their course. View the results for Social Sciences graduates online:

Examples of positions

  • Scientist, Social work department and Public health service

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 28 August 2023

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