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Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources

The world needs bold, innovative solutions that bridge the gap between society, the environment, and technology. This requires environmental experts and sustainability specialists. Join our master’s programme, and you'll become part of this!

At a glance

Title: Master of Science ZHAW in Environment and Natural Resources
Focus: Agroecology and Food Systems, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, Ecotechnologies and Renewable Energies
Master's thesis: Standard (30 ECTS) or Extended (45 ECTS) option
Cooperation: Double Degree Programme with partner universities
Workload: 90 ECTS credits 
Study options:Full-time or Part-time
Entry requirements:  Learn more here
Dates: CW 8 and CW 38
Registration deadlines: 30 April (extended until June 30) and 31 October – register now
Language of instruction: Autumn semester in German, Spring semester in English (C1 level in at least one language)
Teaching locations: ZHAW Wädenswil, online and at partner universities
Study fees: CHF 720 per semester plus additional study related expenses

Join us! Why Choose a Master's in Environmental and Natural Resources?

How can we make the transition to a sustainable society? Which ideas, strategies, methods, and solutions enable this transformation? These questions form the starting point of this unique master’s programme, which combines technological, natural and social science disciplines to address the critical challenges of our time. You will select one of the following three specialisations – Agroecology and Food Systems, Biodiversity and Ecosystems or Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy – receiving personalised guidance from our experts.

"I want to actively work towards a future worth living in. In the master's programme, I am learning everything I need to do this, and I can combine what I am learning with my knowledge from other study programmes."

Sarah Brühlmann, Student

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Everything you need to know about admissions, registration and preparation can be found here. The registration deadline is 30 April, 2024.

Your specialisation

You choose your own Master Research Unit (MRU): Agroecology and Food Systems, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, or Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy.

Within this MRU, you will become part of a research group who will provide you with in-depth insights into their work, and you will build professional relationships with our industry and research partners. For your MSc thesis, you can select the regular option (30 ECTS) or the extended option (45 ECTS). The extended option offers a stronger specialization in your field of study.

Choose your specialisation:

Agroecology and Food Systems: We examine the complex relationships in food systems and develop innovative solutions for sustainable development based on agroecological principles.

Biodiversity and Ecosystems:  We examine and research the diverse interactions and networks in terrestrial and aquatic systems in rural and urban areas.

Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy: We research and develop sustainable energy and mobility systems, examining how eco-technologies form key elements of a sustainable society.

"After my bachelor's degree, I wanted to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge of the environment and sustainability. This master's allowed me to combine my biological background with technical expertise, and offered a diverse curriculum that catered to my varied interests."

Alena Frehner, Graduate

Module overview

This module table is valid from 9. September 2024

International mobility

Would you like to study internationally? You have two options.

In the Double Degree Programme, you can complete an additional semester at a partner university and graduate with two degrees. This not only grants you a degree from a university of applied sciences, such as the ZHAW, but also provides you with a university degree, opening the door to doctoral studies. This programme will allow you to broaden your knowledge across a range of fields, and to benefit from a unique, international experience.

The Double Degree is offered with the following degree programmes:

It is possible to write your master's thesis abroad or do an exchange semester as part of the standard 30 ECTS master's programme. The Institute of Environment and Natural Resources has over 60 partner universities throughout Europe. If you have any questions, please contact

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