The formal requirement for admission to the Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication is a Bachelor's degree in Psychology granted by a recognised university.
Up to 30 students will be admitted to the master's programme. Admission depends on the academic results of the candidate.

For more detailed information, please carefully read UNI-SR Competition Regulation.

Please check the language requirements below.

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  • Language

    The admission to English-language Master programmes at USI requires a good command of English. Non-native English speakers applying to the Master’s or whose previous degree was obtained in another language, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR) or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

    The B2 level on the CEFR corresponds to the following scores in internationally acknowledged exams:




    Computer-based: 183
    Internet-based*: 65
    Paper-based: 513

    Cambridge English

    B2 First


    Listening & Reading: 785
    Speaking: 150
    Writing: 160

    Whilst it is an important requisite to be fluent in English, you do not need to know or learn Italian in order to successfully participate in the proposed study programme.



    As Lugano is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, students might be interested in acquiring the basics in Italian, in order to be able to get around in everyday life.
    The Università della Svizzera italiana offers an Italian language study programme organized in various modules. All its non-Italian-speaking students, researchers and professors are invited to participate free of charge.

    1. Preparative intensive course for beginners
      In the three weeks preceding the beginning of the fall term, an intensive Italian class is organised.
    2. Courses offered during the semesters
      Several Italian classes with different levels of difficulties are organised during the academic year.

    Read all details about the Italian classes offered at USI, here.

    Academic Year 2021/22

    When do I have to submit my English language certification?

    • The language certification should be included in the application package. Exceptions will be made for those who can prove cancellation of international certificates exam sessions.