Admission

In order to be admitted to the Joint Master degree programme (MSc) in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication, candidates must possess:

  • a Bachelor's degree in Psychology or a Major in Psychology granted by a recognised university. Italian candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree in Psychology equivalent to former Ministerial Decree n. 270, Classification L-24 "Scienze e Tecniche Psicologiche" or to former Ministerial Decree n.509/99, Classification L-24 "Scienze e Tecniche Psicologiche" or to the former five-year degree programs in Psychology
  • at least 88 ECTS within the various field of psychology
  • an average mark equal to or higher than 24/30 (Italian score) or 8/10 (Swiss score)

Candidates who have not graduated yet may submit their application if they complete all the exams by September 16, 2022, and obtain the final academic qualification by December 16, 2022. Attendance to classes is, in any case, compulsory from the beginning of the first semester.

Candidates are admitted to the Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication according to the chronological order of applications. Up to 30 students will be admitted to the master's programme.

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:

    IELTS*

    5.5

    TOEFL*

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

    Cambridge English

    B2 First

    TOEIC

    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.

     

    Italian

    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 2022/23

    When do I have to submit my English language certification?

    • Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society / Economics / Informatics
      The language certification should be included in the application package. Exceptions will be made for those who can prove the cancellation of international certificates exam sessions.