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Master in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication



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2 years




120 ECTS


CHF 2'000.- per semester for applicants whose official residence was in Switzerland (including Liechtenstein) at the time of the final high school exam (Maturità).





Application deadline: 30/04/22 for non-EU/EFTA; 30/06/22 for EU/EFTA


Beginn des Studiengangs

Verpflegungsmöglichkeit: Ja

USI has two cafeterias, one on the West Campus and one on the East Campus

Sportmöglichkeit: Ja

Sports Service: over 50 weekly courses and a Gym at complete disposal of all students





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 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.


Admission to English-language graduate-level (Master) programmes at USI requires a good command, or advanced knowledge, of the English idiom. Non-English native speakers applying for the Master, or whose previous degree was obtained in another language than English, are required to provide an internationally acknowledged language certificate equal to the B2 level (IELTS 5.5), as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for language learning (CEFR), or equivalent (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc.).

A complete list of the accepted English language certificate is available at

Über den Studiengang

The Master in “Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication”, jointly offered by the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) and the Faculty of Psychology of Vita-Salute San Raffaele University of Milan (UNISR), presents a Master degree program in cognitive psychology with interdisciplinary training in psychology, neuroscience, health communication, organizational behavior, and management.

The program focuses on the intersection between the theoretical bases of cognitive psychology and of communication applied to the context of health. Cognitive psychology is the study of all mental processes which drive simple or more complex behaviors, either normal or pathological. These include, among the many, verbal and non-verbal forms of communication, implicit and explicit memory, perception, attention, consciousness, problem-solving, decision making, gratification, etc. Students who are admitted to the program will receive an advanced theoretical background in neuroscience and modern psychology, will learn advanced research methods in psychology and health communication including a large variety of and statistical techniques and tools that can be used for the analysis of human behavior in research labs, clinical departments, health frameworks, and companies.

A central goal of this program is to familiarize students with the latest research and practice in these areas of research and help them translate and apply this knowledge in many different working environments including health psychology, communication, management, and marketing.

Awarded degree

After successful completion of their studies, students will obtain the "Master of Science in Cognitive Psychology in Health Communication" from Università della Svizzera Italiana and from Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.

The degree does not automatically grant the right to practice as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in Switzerland and Italy. Admissions to specialization programs will be subjected to the relevant Cantonal, Federal, and State regulations and to the individual school admission requirements.

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