Programs, regulations, schedule, preparatory courses

Course schedule

Courses start every year in September (see UNIL academic calendar).

Masters timetable and courses

Information relating to timetables and study programmes may be found on the display boards of the 2nd floor (lifts) of the Internef building as well as on our web page. A network of television screens provides regular updates about timetable changes and other useful information.

Program structure

The MScIS program includes a total of three semesters. Courses take place at HEC Lausanne and at the University of Neuchâtel. After successfully completing the first semester, students can chose to participate in an exchange program in another university.

First and second semesters

Subjects cover both information technology and management techniques. 5 courses (30 credits) have to be chosen in each of the two areas below:

- Engineering of Information Systems
Courses include topics such as: Introduction to Distributed Systems, Integration of Information Systems, Heuristic and Collective Intelligence, Data warehousing, Emerging Distributed Architectures, Analysis, Modeling and Design, Data Mining.

- Management of Information Systems
Courses include topics such as: IT Strategy and Policies, Project Management and Outsourcing, E-Business, Decision Support Systems, Knowledge Management, Cybercrime and Security, Information Systems Audits.

Third semester

The students' time in the last semester is dedicated to their Master's thesis (research or internship thesis)

Credit allocation and workload

The 90 ECTS credits of this Master's program are allocated in 3 semesters as follows:

  • 60 credits for coursework

  • 30 credits for the Master's thesis

A typical 6-credit MScIS course represents 4 hours of lectures and group work per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 3 additional hours per week per course for individual preparation and revision.

Teaching language

French and English

Career prospects

The Master of Science in Information Systems allows students to acquire advanced skills in New Information and Communications Technologies (NICT) for use within organisations. Learn more

Recommended courses prior to MScIS

2e année
Systèmes d’information (3 crédits)
Business Intelligence and Analytics (4.5 crédits)
Fondamentaux de contrôle de gestion (4.5 crédits)

3e année
Business Processes and Information Systems (6 crédits)
Programmation par objets (6 crédits)
Cyberespace et Internet (6 crédits)
Gestion de Projets (6 crédits)

Preparatory courses

Candidates who are required to successfully complete a preparatory program (French command necessary):

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