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Bachelor’s degree programme in Medical Informatics

“At the interface between medicine and informatics, medical IT specialists are valuable players in the digitisation of the healthcare sector.”

Barbara Haller, Head of ICT Business Partner Services at the Hirslanden Group

Good reasons for choosing a Bachelor's degree programme in Medical Informatics

The Bachelor's degree programme in Medical Informatics at the ZHAW School of Engineering is the perfect choice if you:

At a glance

Title: Bachelor of Science ZHAW in Medical Informatics
Workload: 180 ECTS credits
Duration: 6 semesters (full-time), 8 semesters (part-time)
Organisational form: Full-time and part-time studywork-study Bachelor’s degree programme
Start of programme: Autumn
Application deadline: 30 April
Location: Winterthur
Language of instruction: German
Tuition fee: CHF 720 per semester plus additional course-related expenses
Graduate programmes: Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
Admission: Admission Requirements

Curriculum content of the Bachelor's degree programme in Medical Informatics

The field of medicine is increasingly being driven by data and technology. Computer scientists with an in-depth understanding of the processes at play at hospitals and in the healthcare sector are therefore in great demand. In the interdisciplinary Medical Informatics degree programme, you will acquire skills that are important for working at the interface between medicine and informatics. 

Among other things, the degree programme teaches specialist skills in the areas of informatics, IT management, data management, data analysis and medical technology. The main course of study focuses on systems and applications in the healthcare and hospital sector. Students learn to integrate systems and to specify and implement interfaces. 

Study models

The Bachelor’s degree programme can be completed on either a full-time basis, with a study duration of three years, or on a part-time basis, with a minimum study duration of four years. A maximum employment level of 60% during the lecture period is recommended to students wishing to work while studying part-time.

Graduates of Swiss baccalaureate schools can choose the work-study Bachelor's degree programme, which combines internships and study in a four-year model.

Professional relevance

The Bachelor's degree programme in Medical Informatics is highly relevant to professional practice. From the very first semester, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the scope of practice-based projects. During their second year of study, they complete an internship semester at a hospital, a software service provider, a medical technology manufacturer or a public authority. In the project and Bachelor's thesis at the end of the study programme, students work independently on current topics and questions, often in collaboration with a company.

The lecturers in the Medical Informatics degree programme are also active in research and development and the findings from their projects – generally completed together with companies – are directly incorporated into their teaching.

Student for a Day

Would you like to get a feel for student life and learn more about the Bachelor's degree programme in Aviation? Have you already given your future study path a lot of thought but would still like more first-hand information to make your final decision? The “Student for a Day” programme offers you the opportunity to join a ZHAW student for half a day and attend lectures or observe an internship, get to know the campus and ask questions about the study programme. 


Brochure (in german)