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Double degree programmes

The School of Health Professions at ZHAW has a double degree agreement with Witten/Herdecke University in Germany, which enables graduate students in Nursing and Midwifery to obtain a master degree from two universities.

Double degree programmes, as taught at ZHAW, are jointly designed programmes that are offered and organised by two or more universities to allow students to take part in basically two independent study programmes, each of which can be completed separately. This type of study enables students to specialise in a certain field or to gain a deeper insight into a second or neighbouring field. Moreover, students will hold a degree awarded by both universities of applied sciences.

Advantages of a double degree

Our double degree programme

The School of Health Professions at ZHAW is currently offering a double degree programme in collaboration with Witten/Herdecke University in Germany.

Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H)

The double degree programme in collaboration with UW/H is open to ZHAW graduate students in Nursing and Midwifery.

Between 2018 and 2020, the department of Nursing Science at Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) developed the graduate degree programme in Community Health Nursing (MSc CHN). Community health nurses take on preventive and advisory tasks in the local neighbourhood 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.

What is a double degree programme?

The main objective of the double degree programme is to expand the students' knowledge in various areas and to offer them the opportunity to benefit from a unique international experience.

A double degree consists of two degrees awarded by two different universities. This type of study enables students to specialise in a certain field or to gain a deeper insight into a second or neighbouring field. International double degrees offering a broad range of knowledge transfer in different countries are a unique opportunity to learn about different health systems and job profiles of health professions and to get to know the respective country-specific framework conditions for healthcare.

Double degree programmes are two independent study programmes, each of which can be completed separately. The degree programmes are coordinated to such an extent that mutual recognition of credits is possible within the framework of a double degree. Participating students complete the study programme at their home university (ZHAW) and the respective parts of the study programme at the partner university. After successful completion of the combined study programme, students are awarded a degree by both universities of applied sciences.