Continuing education is a key component when it comes to planning a career path. In many cases, it is the first step in a series of significant career changes. The University of Basel offers over 70 continuing education programs for postgraduates along with part-time options for professionals.
«Advanced Studies», the University of Basel magazine for academic continuing education, is published in summer each year and provides an in-depth overview of specific degree programs and continuing education at the university in general. (in German)
The Academic skills courses encompass continuing education short courses that reduce the complexity of scholarly work and are of general importance for scientists and researchers. (in German)
Part-time degree programs for professionals have different admission requirements depending on the subject and type of study. A person is not automatically entitled to enroll in a certain degree program.
In general, a Master's degree from a university or equivalent certification from a recognized higher education institution is required. Highly qualified individuals who do not meet these criteria may be accepted in exceptional cases if they are able to document their professional experience and additional qualifications in the relevant subject areas.
Admission to certain degree programs is decided on the basis of an interview or entrance examination.
Proficiency in the language(s) of instruction is a prerequisite for all degree programs.
Continuing education programs are standardized across all Swiss universities. Programs differ with respect to the length and scope of studies, i.e. what students are expected to achieve in terms of ECTS credit points.
The following types of programs are available:
Continuing education courses (one to several days)
ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. One ECTS credit point is equivalent to 30 hours of work.
Fees for continuing education degrees are usually billed in installments. The director of the respective degree program can provide further details.
Yes, this is possible but the process for doing so depends on the specific degree program.
One of key aims of a continuing education program is to link academic knowledge with one's career.
Continuing education programs create a direct connection between the curriculum and students' professional work in their field through the selection of subject matter, expert input, discussions, case studies and projects. The focus of these programs is to strengthen the student's problem-solving skills, which are practiced in practical tasks relevant to the person's field of work.