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Detailed administrative information on the master degree programme in Nursing at a glance.

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Target group and entry requirements

The Master of Science in Nursing is open to people with a strong interest in patient-oriented research questions who want to expand their nursing expertise and help shape the development of nursing care. The study programme is therefore suitable for persons who enjoy analytical thinking, have good problem-solving skills and are happy to systematically develop evidence-based nursing knowledge and new concepts for nursing practice. A high degree of independent learning and working is just as essential as a good knowledge of English.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Nursing
  • former diploma in nursing and higher education training in care level II

  • former diploma in nursing and further advanced training with proof of competencies at undergraduate level in scientific work, clinical assessment and English
  • Master of Advanced Studies and Diploma in Nursing

Costs and expenses

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 30.–
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] Registration fee for admission process Master PREFS is CHF 600.–
[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 Professions 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. See Fact Sheet for Applicants from Abroad

Additional costs

Item Recurrence Fees
Entrance examination on professional aptitude one-off expense CHF 200.-
Flat rate for lecture notes each semester CHF 35.-
Registration of documents with the Swiss Red Cross
one-off expense CHF 130.-

Notebook computer

You must have your own personal notebook computer for your studies financed at your own expense. Particular notebook specifications will be provided to you before the start of the course. ZHAW also supports you with the procurement of the notebook. You will be informed about the specific notebook configurations when you start your studies. With Virtual Private Network (VPN), you can establish a secure connection to ZHAW via an unsecured Internet connection, enabling you to use the IT infrastructure at any time.