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University of Basel

Admission to the master’s studies

The student regulations from 13 November 2019 decrees the following provisions in section 16 to 18:

Section 16 Admission to a master’s degree program requires a bachelor’s degree with 180 credit points from a higher education institution recognized by the University of Basel.

  1. Admission to a master’s degree program follows a motion presented by the relevant examination commission, recommending that the President’s Office either allow or deny admission.
     
  2. There are four types of admission to a master’s degree program:
    a) Admission without conditions or additional requirements
    b) Admission with conditions
    c) Admission with additional requirements
    d) Admission with conditions and additional requirements.
     
  3. The academic achievements to be attained as stipulated in the conditions and/or additional requirements must not exceed 60 credit points; otherwise, the applicant will be excluded from admission.
     
  4. A time limit may be stipulated for meeting conditions and additional requirements. If the requirements or/and conditions are not fulfilled by the time stipulated, the faculty will exclude the applicant from study.
     
  5. In the event that a bachelor’s degree does not fulfill the admission requirements listed in the relevant master’s study regulations due to a lack of basic or specialist knowledge or skills, conditions may be mandated for completion of the relevant master’s degree program. These conditions must be fulfilled before the applicant commences the master’s program.
     
  6. Additional requirements may be mandated if a bachelor’s degree only partially fulfills the admission requirements listed in the relevant master’s study regulations due to a lack of knowledge or skills expected of a graduate of the relevant master’s study program. The additional requirements are to be fulfilled during the master’s program.

Degree from a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education

§ 17 A degree from a university of applied science or a university of teacher education, either Swiss or foreign, has to be issued by a higher education institution recognized by the University of Basel. The access is only granted if the grade point average of the degree is at least 5 (unrounded) according to the Swiss grading system (1–6, 6 = max. / 4 = pass). § 16 applies equally.


Degrees from a foreign higher education institution

§ 18 The admission to the master’s degree program with a bachelor’s degree or a degree of equal value from a foreign higher education institution recognized by the University of Basel is only granted, if the degree entitles the holder to access to the chosen master’s degree program in the issuing higher education system. Proof of a place to study can be required. § 16 applies equally.

Master’s degree program in Business and Economics – Study regulations § 3 IV
Master’s degree course in Psychology – Study regulations § 3 IV
Master’s degree course in Pharmacy – Study regulations § 3 III


In addition every individual study regulation can include additional provisions. The study regulations can be found with the details of each degree program.


Language skills

According to section 14 of the student regulations dated 13 September 2019 the two principal languages of instruction at the University of Basel are German and English. The corresponding language skills are prerequisites for the successful completion of a degree program.


Additional requirements for the admission with a degree from a university of applied sciences or a university of teacher education recognized by the University of Basel

In addition to the requirements of the student regulations dated 13 November 2019 of the University of Basel and the guidelines of admission to the University of Basel, the following requirements have to be fulfilled in case of an application with a degree from a university of applied sciences or a degree from a university of teacher education recognized by the University of Basel.


Additional requirements for the admission to the master’s degree course with degrees from foreign higher education institutions

In addition to the requirements of the student regulations dated 28 September 2011 of the University of Basel, the following requirement has to be fulfilled in order to qualify for the enrolment in a master’s degree course on the basis of a degree awarded by a foreign higher education institution.

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