36 months
1538 EUR/year
1538 EUR/year
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The MSc in Nursing Science at the University of Basel moves between the challenges of the health system, such as the growing number of elderly and chronically ill people, and the health policy goal of being able to provide effective nursing interventions as efficiently as possible. 


The MSc in Nursing Science at the University of Basel's curriculum offers two specializations: Advanced Nursing Practice and Research. The degree program thus focuses on the one hand on the training of Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) with a clinical focus and the aim of these as pacemakers in the health care system contributing to an improvement in patient outcomes and the quality of care, and on the other hand on the training of young scientists for a research-oriented career.

In addition to in-depth nursing skills based on the Advanced Nursing Practice concept, all students acquire solid basic knowledge and skills for scientific work and research. This includes, for example, the development of a competence for the professional care of persons with chronic illnesses and their families. 

During their studies, students specializing in Advanced Nursing Practice focus specifically on the challenges of their own clinical context and develop advanced skills (e.g. communication, clinical assessment, methods for role development) in order to be able to take care of complex patient and family situations in their clinical context .

Students specializing in research deepen, expand and reflect on their qualitative and quantitative research knowledge through targeted support in established research projects and learn to use routinely collected data and large data sets for questions of care quality and patient safety in a targeted manner and to plan, implement and evaluate complex interventions.

Career opportunities

Trained nursing scientists are qualified for key positions in clinical practice, research and teaching. According to feedback from practice, the Master’s graduates from the Institute for Nursing Science are highly valued by employers in hospitals, universities, long-term care facilities and in Spitex as qualified experts. More than half of the previous graduates work in hospitals, for example in the role of an APN or quality development. Around a quarter work in teaching, training and research and just under a fifth work in long-term care institutions, Spitex or other service areas.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

The Nursing Science Department (INS) of the Department of Public Health offers the Master of Science in Nursing , which consists of a basic course (60 CP) and a postgraduate course (120 CP). After completing the basic course, students choose between the two specializations.

  • Basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research module
  • Basic knowledge of Advanced Nursing Practice module
  • Module advanced knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research
  • Module advanced knowledge of Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Leadership / collaboration module


Nurses interested in taking a leading role in improving health care are committed to the implementation of evidence-based knowledge in order to ultimately contribute to optimization and innovation in health care.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Persons who meet the following three requirements are admitted to the master’s degree in nursing science:

    • Swiss or foreign educational qualification recognized in accordance with the valid admission guidelines of the University of Basel
    • Recognized training in nursing or as a midwife (diploma or bachelor's degree from a recognized (technical) university to the extent of 180 ECTS
    • At least two years of professional experience with a degree of employment of 100% (clinical practice) according to professional qualification. In the case of part-time employment, the time is extended accordingly.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1538 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • National

    1538 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 36 months.
  • CHF 850 per semester

Living costs for Basel

1615 - 2332 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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