Pre-Master's Modules as Part of your Bachelor's Study Program

If your summary of credits shows that you have earned at least 120 ECTS credits in a Bachelor's degree program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (PhF), in the following semester you may complete pre-Master's modules from the PhF worth a maximum of 30 ECTS credits (overall & including all semesters). Please submit an application to book pre-Master's modules to the Office of Student Affairs within the specified period.

The legal basis for pre-Master's modules is § 38 of the framework ordinance governing study in the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs offered by the University of Zurich’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (legal basis).


To apply to book pre-Master's modules for Fall Semester 2021, please complete the electronic application form during the period from 6 to 26 September 2021. On receipt of your application the Office of Student Affairs will book the Master's modules for you. Once your application has been processed you will receive a confirmation. Please do not book Master's modules yourself via the booking system.

You are responsible for checking the form and content of the terms and requirements for pre-Master's modules themselves.

Compulsory and core elective modules that are suitable for early booking are marked in the module catalogues with the note "Dieses Modul ist als vorgezogenes Mastermodul geeignet." Modules that are not marked accordingly may not be pre-booked.

Please contact the respective Institute/Department about suitable elective modules. If you are not sure whether it makes sense to do certain pre-Master's module in the course of your studies, please contact the academic advisor responsible.

Please also note that only Master's modules can be pre-booked. You can recognize Master's modules by the last figures in the module number, which lie between 500 and 999 (e.g. 290-500), as opposed to Bachelor's modules, where the last three figures are between 000 and 499 (e.g. 600-007). Module and course numbers are written as follows in the course catalogue (example):

Screen shot of module number

Before you make your application please read the following rules for booking pre-Master's carefully. When you submit your application you must confirm that you have read and acknowledged these rules.

Application form

Rules for Booking Pre-Master's Modules

  1. The arrangement allowing pre-Master's modules applies only to Master's modules offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  2. Pre-Master's modules are subject to the same legal rules, requirements, and deadlines as other Master's ("non-pre") modules.
  3. Pre-Master's modules can only be credited to a Master's degree program if you have successfully completed the Bachelor's degree program.
  4. Whether a pre-Master's module can be credited depends on the Master's degree program or Master's programs actually taken, and on the relevant provisions of the framework ordinance or the relevant program regulation.
  5. At the end of the booking period, the institutes and departments will receive a list of all pre-booked modules. They are entitled to have modules canceled that are not suitable. The Faculty will not be held liable if you elect to do book pre-Master's modules and are not able to complete them successfully (for example because you lack the relevant background knowledge or misjudge the workload).
  6. You may not apply to book pre-Master's modules more than once in any given semester.
  7. Applications outside the specified periods will not be considered. This also applies if you can prove justified grounds for having missed the deadline (for example a doctor's note). The booking of pre-Master's modules is an arrangement designed to accommodate students by overriding the principle that they must always hold a Bachelor's degree before doing Master's modules. This is why cases of hardship will not be considered.
  8. Once entered, the Master's modules specified in the application may not be changed.
  9. Applications containing ambiguous or incomplete information on the Master's modules will not be considered.
  10. Applications will be processed in the order in which they are received.
  11. For booking purposes Master's students will be given priority over Bachelor's students booking pre-Master's modules. For this reason your application should also contain alternative (priority 2) modules for the event that your preferred Master's modules are already fully booked.
  12. Pre-Master's modules must be booked by the Office of Student Affairs. If Bachelor's students, who have registered for graduation and applied for a change of study level but are unable to graduate, book Master's modules themselves, the Office of Student Affairs will cancel these bookings without consulting the student.
  13. There is no entitlement to book pre-Master's modules. If a Master's module specified in the application is already fully booked, the Office of Student Affairs will book the Master's module with the next priority, as the circumstances require. If all the Master's modules specified in the application are fully booked, no booking will be made.
  14. Students who wish to cancel bookings for pre-Master's modules must do so themselves during the cancellation period. Any cancellations after this period has elapsed are made in accordance with § 24 ff. of the framework ordinance (legal basis).
  15. Bachelor's students who make an application to book pre-Master's modules have to accept that less time elapses between the booking and cancellation periods. They may not assume any legal entitlement or entitlement to the renewal of a deadline.
  16. The booking of pre-Master's modules for mobility students is carried out by the responsible mobility delegate of the respecitve Institute/Department.
  17. Modules from the program for the Teaching Diploma for Upper Secondary Education cannot be booked on a pre-Master's basis. 
  18. Vertically cross-listed modules (which can be used for Bachelor's or Master's programs) can be booked independently via the module booking tool. According to § 47 of the framework ordinance successfully completed modules can only be credited to a Master's degree program if they are supernumerary in the Bachelor's degree program.