Double degree programme in collaboration with Witten/Herdecke University
The double degree programme offers students from both universities the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H) at the same time.
The double degree programme offers students from both universities the opportunity to obtain a graduate degree simultanously from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) and the Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H).
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 atteding courses in the fields of health, business and culture, UW/H is synonymous with dynamic reforms of 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 developed since then.
The department of Nursing Science at UW/H developed the graduate programme in Community Health Nursing. 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.
The course of study equates to 120 ECTS credits at UW/H and 90 ECTS credits at ZHAW.
Students at ZHAW can earn an additional 40 ECTS credits with a workload of 1200 hours through the double degree programme at the partner university. Students at Witten/Herdecke University (UH/W) earn 30 ECTS credits at ZHAW equating to a workload of 900 hours 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 double degree programme, students from UW/H spend the first four terms at their home university and attend seminars in their fifth terms of study at ZHAW. Students at ZHAW attend graduate courses at UH/W in their third and fourth or fifth and sixth term.
Students in the double degree programme have access to the courses 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 double degree programme are enrolled as regular students at the partner university.
The home university selects eligible candidates for the double degree programme who fulfil the selection criteria jointly set by ZHAW and UW/H. As the double degree programme requires a much higher study workload compared to the regular graduate degree programme, participating students must be highly qualified and motivated. Each of the two universities has the right to nominate a maximum of five students per year for the double degree programme. Each university participating appoints a double degree programme officer to coordinate the application process and act as contact person for students and interested parties.
- Currently enrolled students who apply for the programme are encouraged to write a motivation letter to their university.
- The double degree programme officer and the head of the degree programme (or a representative) then discuss participation in the double degree programme together with interested students. In consultation with the respective head of the degree programme, the double degree programme officers make a recommendation to the respective partner university to accept the student into the programme.
- An interview conducted by members of both universities (double degree programme officer and the head of the degree programme) decides on the admission of a student into the programme.
- The partner university decides on the final admission to the double degree programme against the background of its academic freedom and independence. The admission process is carried out 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 double 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 double 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 placements abroad, an application for financial support can be submitted to the International Office of the respective university in the home country.