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Registration and deadlines for the MSc in Midwifery Programme

Detailed administrative information on the Master’s degree programme in Midwifery at a glance.

Target audience and entry requirements

This degree programme is aimed at midwives who enjoy thinking analytically, have good problem-solving skills, and are interested in the development of midwifery-specific knowledge and new concepts of obstetric practice. They also have the ability to study and work with a high degree of independence.

Formal requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery from a university in Switzerland or abroad
  • A midwifery diploma (Hebamme HF) with additional qualifications, such as an NTE (nachträglicher Titelerwerb) post qualification
  • Good knowledge of scientific work and clinical assessment
  • Good knowledge of English

Registering for the MSc in Midwifery programme

Admission procedure

If you are interested in studying at ZHAW and meet the requirements described above, you will be invited to attend a mandatory interview and an entrance exam to test your professional aptitude. We will assess your professional, methodological, and personal competence as well as your capacity for reflection.

Costs and fees

Description Frequency Cost
Registration fee for admission process [1] once CHF 100.–
Enrolment fee for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [2] once CHF 100.–
Tuition fees for Bachelor's and Master's programmes [3] per semester CHF 720.–
Fixed charge for students on leave of absence [4] per semester CHF 300.–
Additional tuition fees for students who are not Swiss residents [5] per semester CHF 500.–
Membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) per semester CHF 35.–
Membership of the ZHAW Students Association (Alias) per semester CHF 20.–
Fees for guest auditors (depending on the number of courses attended) per semester CHF 100.– to 600.–

[1] Fee according to § 2 ordinance on tuition fees 
[2] Applicants are exempt from paying the registration fee for the admissions process if they pass the admissions assessment/test and enrol for the next available programme start date.
[3] According to §4 of the regulations on tuition fees
[4] According to § 25, paragraph 5 of the general examination regulations for Bachelor's and Master's programmes at the ZHAW, students on leave of absence are exempt from paying tuition fees. According to the regulations on fees and contributions (in German), they pay a fixed charge per semester of CHF 300.– to cover their e-mail account, campus card, use of the University Library and general administration costs. This fixed charge also applies to students on the Bachelor’s programmes at the School of Health Sciences who attend the additional module C and to students who do delay the completion of their programme (e.g. by postponing submission of their thesis).
[5] Under Swiss law, non-Swiss nationals who come to Switzerland to study are not considered residents of Switzerland (Art. 23 Swiss Civil Code). In addition to the regular tuition fee, they pay an additional tuition fee of CHF 500.– during the entire duration of their studies (even if they move their official place of residence to Switzerland after commencing their studies). Official residency under civil law is not possible if the residence permit was issued for study/educational purposes.

Additional costs


Recurrence Fees

Aptitude test/entrance exam

one-time charge CHF 200

Registration of diploma documents with the Swiss Red Cross

one-time charge CHF 130

Notebook computer

You will need a notebook computer for this degree programme, which you will need to pay for yourself. The specifications for this notebook computer will be announced before the start of your course. ZHAW will assist you in purchasing the notebook computer. You will be notified of special notebook configurations when you start your studies. Our virtual private network (VPN) will enable you to establish a secure connection to ZHAW via a non-secured Internet connection, so you can use the services of our IT infrastructure at any time.


  • Registration window: 1 October to 31 May
  • Professional aptitude/entrance examination: calendar weeks 4-23
  • Start of the course: September (calendar week 38)
  • Duration of study: six semesters (part-time), four semesters (full-time)