Combined degree programme in collaboration with Witten/Herdecke University
The combined degree programme offers students from both universities the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) as well as Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H).
The combined degree programme offers students from both universities the opportunity to obtain Master’s degrees from Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) simultaneously.
After successful completion of the double degree programme, the following degrees will be awarded by the two partner universities:
Master of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Midwifery
Master of Science in Community Health Nursing
Students at ZHAW attend graduate courses at UH/W in their third and fourth or fifth and sixth term.
Witten/Herdecke University has played a pioneering role among German higher education institutions ever since its foundation in 1982: As a model university with some 2,700 students enrolled in study programmes in health, business, or culture, UW/H is synonymous with reform, having transcended the traditional “alma mater”. Knowledge transfer at UW/H always goes hand in hand with value orientation and personal growth. UW/H was the first university in Germany to introduce a graduate degree in Nursing Science (MScN) in 1996, which has been continuously updated since then.
The Institute of Nursing Science at UW/H offers a graduate programme in Community Health Nursing. Community health nurses take on preventive and advisory tasks in the local community and support people with chronic diseases and/or disabilities. In addition, they can provide medical services that currently still fall under the remit of doctors. The graduate programme in Community Health Nursing prepares students for a wide range of tasks in primary and local healthcare for people in all phases of life.
The course of study equates to 120 ECTS credits at UW/H and 90 ECTS credits at ZHAW.
Through the combined degree programme, students at ZHAW can earn an additional 40 ECTS credits at the partner university, which is the equivalent of 1,200 hours of study. Students at Witten/Herdecke University (UH/W) earn 30 ECTS credits at ZHAW, which is the equivalent of a 900-hour workload that can be completed over a period of one or several terms. The final thesis is supervised by lecturers and professors from both partner universities.
In the combined degree programme, students from UW/H spend the first four terms at their home university and attend seminars at ZHAW in their fifth term of study. Students at ZHAW attend graduate courses at UH/W in their third and fourth or in their fifth and sixth terms.
Students in the combined degree programme are welcome in the classes at the partner university and enjoy the same rights and privileges as regular students in the graduate course at the partner university. During their studies at the partner university, students in the combined degree programme are enrolled as regular students at the partner university.
The home university selects eligible candidates for the combined degree programme who fulfil the selection criteria jointly set by ZHAW and UW/H. As the combined degree programme requires a much higher study workload compared to a regular graduate degree programme, participating students must be highly qualified and motivated. Each university has the right to nominate a maximum of five students per year for the combined degree programme. Each university participating appoints a combined degree programme officer to coordinate the application process and act as contact person for students and interested parties.
- Currently enrolled students wishing to apply for the programme need to write a motivation letter to their university.
- The combined degree programme officer and the head of the degree programme (or a representative) will discuss participation in the combined degree programme with the interested students. In consultation with the respective head of the degree programme, the combined degree programme officers will make a recommendation to the respective partner university and request that the student be accepted into the programme.
- An interview conducted by members of both universities (the combined degree programme officer and the head of the degree programme) will decide on the admission of a student into the programme.
- The partner university will decide on the final admission to the combined degree programme based on academic freedom and independence. The admission process is conducted jointly with the partner university.
- Enrolment at the partner university takes place according to the requirements of the respective university.
Selection criteria are:
- Recommendation of home university
- Assessment of motivation letter by the selection committee
- Motivation letter
- Proof of qualification according to the admission requirements in the degree programme
- Confirmation of enrolment at home university
Students who are admitted in the combined degree programme as part of the bilateral arrangement register and pay tuition and other fees at their home university (ZHAW).
The partner university (UW/H) charges a one-time tuition fee of EUR 4,152 for participation in the combined degree programme and a fee of currently EUR 271,88 per study term. Incoming students at ZHAW are currently charged CHF 720 per study term.
Under certain conditions relating to a study term or clinical placement abroad, an application for financial support can be submitted to the International Office of the respective university in the home country.