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Career prospects after the master's degree in Environment and Natural Resources

"In the master's programme in Environment and Natural Resources, I acquired important methodological skills, dealt intensively with a research topic of practical relevance and carried out a project from A to Z. As a project manager in the field of nature conservation, this knowledge is of great benefit to me."

Andreas Hofstetter, Project Manager FORNAT AG

The future relies on sustainability

The working world for graduates with a master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources is very diverse. More than ever, there is a need for specialists with interdisciplinary training who, as sustainability specialists and environmental experts, shape the transformation towards the sustainable development of society.

Stephan Gysi, Absolvent Master Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen (1:35)
Livia Sommerville, Absolventin Master Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen (1:56)

Our degree program is individual, interdisciplinary, and competence-oriented. You specialize in a topic that is relevant to you - with a scientific and research-oriented perspective.

Thanks to the Double Degree program, you can pursue an academic career. And if you prefer to initiate and accompany the transformation in practice, the scientific background is essential to understand, translate and develop socially acceptable, sustainable concepts from the challenges of climate change, energy crisis, and species loss. Take a closer look!

Fields of activity focussing on Agroecology and Food Systems

And what will you be doing in the future? After completing your studies in this specialisation, you can work as

Today, our alumni work in the following companies: Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, Getreidezüchtung Peter Kunz, Edapro GmbH, Verein Pro Weinland, Crop Innovation Brunner Eichhof, cinfo, Siemens Schweiz, Pro Natura, Alpgis Raumplanung GmBH, University of Applied Sciences Grisons, Migros, Fachstelle SpielRaum, Swisscom, Crowd Container, Grüne Kanton Zürich, Madame Frigo, Indigo, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

"At FiBL, we are working, among other things, on the question of how food production and our diet can be made sustainable. To answer this questions, knowledge from various disciplines and a systemic understanding of production, processing and consumption is required. The MRU Agroecology & Food Systems focuses on precisely this and considers sustainability across the entire value chain."

Matthias Stolze, Head of the Department of Socio-Economic Sciences, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL

Fields of activity focussing on Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Nature needs scientifically well-versed experts to be engaged in its preservation. After completing your master's degree in this specialisation, you will work in roles such as

Our graduates work in these companies: Pro Natura Switzerland, FORNAT AG, CIPRA Switzerland, Verein biodivers, Orniplan AG, Agroscope, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Axpo Power AG, Unesco Biosphäre Entlebuch, Building Department Canton of Zurich, Chubb, Emch+Berger AG, Bächli Bergsport AG, Umweltbüro Konkret, nateco AG, SWILD

"In our ecology office we employ specialists who can assess fauna, flora and their habitats. Networked thinking, interdisciplinary skills and the ability to present complex issues in an understandable way are central to our everyday work. The ZHAW's Master's degree in Environment and Natural Resources offers ideal conditions for this."

Conny Thiel-Egenter, Management FORNAT AG

Fields of activity focussing on Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy

Achieving ‘Net Zero by 2050’ requires competent experts. After your studies with us in this specialisation, you will work in roles such as

Our former students are now working at the following places: ERZ Entsorgung & Recycling Zürich, Eaternity AG, Axpo Power AG, Quant AG, Umweltamt Kt. Nidwalden, Wincasa, ABB Schweiz, Hero, Energie Zukunft Schweiz AG, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Interkantonales Labor Kt. SH, CKW, Amt für Umwelt und Energie Kt. BS, Coop, Mibelle Groupe, AWEL Zürich, Emch+Berger, Novakies

"In the Swiss building park there is a strong need for energy-efficient renovations. Energy consulting & planning requires networked thinking from the fields of technology, ecology and economy. These competencies are taught in the master's course Environment and Natural Resources."

Ruedi Giezendanner, architect and energy consultant, owner & manager of Enora AG in Rapperswil-Jona