Program content MDE

Study plan and regulations

Study plan
Plan d’étude MDE (version septembre 2020)  (219 Ko)
Plan d'études MDE (version septembre 2019)  (218 Ko)
Plan d'études MDE (version septembre 2018)  (60 Ko)
Plan d'études MDE (version septembre 2017)  (72 Ko)
Plan d'études MDE (version septembre 2016)  (66 Ko)
Part-time program: the regular timetable prevails, but students can attend the program part-time for a maximum of 8 semesters

Timetables and courses

For the courses of the faculty of law, please refer to the official schedule on the site:

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.

Masters' timetables and courses

Program content

The MDE is a three module program, normally taken full-time for three semesters. Courses are taught by the Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne) and the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration of the University of Lausanne.

Module 1 is designed to provide all students with basic knowledge, taking into account what they already know. After completing the courses of this Module, students with a Bachelor's degree in Business should be able to follow virtually any courses in Law at Master's degree level. Similarly, students with a Bachelor's degree in Law need a basic knowledge of accounting, finance, statistics and business strategy. The Business Law Seminar achieves this objective by allowing all the students taking part in the program to work together as a team.

Module 2 offers great flexibility in the choice of courses from among the subjects taught at the Faculty in the areas of both business and law. Students' choices reflect their own preferences and the careers they aim to pursue later. They can also earn mobility credits.

Lastly, Module 3 evaluates the students' analytical and writing abilities, with a choice between an academic research thesis and a thesis focused on their internship in a company.

First module

Module 1 is composed of compulsory courses for a total of 39 credits. Most of these courses are taken in the Autumn semester 4.1, a small number in the Spring semester 4.2, and a seminar is normally attended in semester 5.1.

Module 1 is divided into a series of 3 courses attended by all students (total of 15 credits) and another series of 5 courses attended by students depending on their previous educational background. Students holding a Bachelor's degree in Management & Economics (HEC) attend intensive Law courses, while students with a Bachelor in Law attend intensive Economics and Management courses (total of 24 credits).

Second module

Module 2 is made up of elective courses. They can be attended as early as the Autumn semester 4.1, but they are generally followed in the Spring semester 4.2 and partly in semester 5.1. Students must select courses for a total of 36 credits (more can be allowed on request). There is an extensive list of elective courses for module 2, which is updated at least once every year.

Students can also choose up to 12 credits "outside of the official program", as long as they are offered by the Faculty of Law or HEC.

Students can earn credits in module 2 during an exchange semester in another university, in Switzerland or abroad (maximum 30 credits).

Courses by area, modules 1 & 2

As many students chose to specialize in taxation or banking and finance law, a listing of the courses for each of these areas has been prepared. NB: these listings don't cover all courses offered by the MDE.

Research or internship thesis (third module)

The thesis is generally written during semester 5.1, when students finish modules 1 and 2. Students may opt for a research or an internship thesis.

Work and credit allocation

The 90 ECTS credits of this Master program are allocated as follows:

  • 39 credits for module 1 (compulsory courses)
  • 36 credits for module 2 (elective courses, opportunity to earn more credits)
  • 15 credits for module 3 (thesis)

A 3-credit course represents about 2 hours of lectures per week, over a 14-week semester. Students should allow up to 4 additional hours per week per course for individual preparation and revision.


FAQ 2019  (242 Ko)

Recommended courses prior to MDE

2nd year Bachelor
Comptes de groupe et contrôle externe (4.5 credits)
Droit des affaires I (3 credits)
Analyse économique : microéconomie (6 credits)
Fondamentaux de contrôle de gestion (4.5 credits)
Principes de finance (6 credits)
Risk Management (3 credits)

3rd year Bachelor
Droit des sociétés (3 credits)
Droit des affaires II (3 credits)
Fiscalité (6 credits)

Exchange programs

During the third semester, students may take part in an exchange program and study at a university recognised by HEC Lausanne. A maximum of 30 ECTS credits can be acquired during the exchange.

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Preparatory courses

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

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