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Master Research Unit Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy for the MSc Environment and Natural Resources

Are you interested in the interplay between technology and ecology? In the Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy specialisation, you will develop holistic solutions for the most pressing concerns facing society today.

“Movie Master ENR - Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy”

Climate change and biodiversity loss demands a radical transformation of the energy and food systems. Circular systems, renewable energies and advancing digitalization are opening up whole new possibilities. Join us in shaping the energy system of the future: efficient, sufficiency-oriented and sustainable.


As a Master of Science ZHAW in Environment and Natural Resources specialising in Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy you will...

"The electricity industry is facing major challenges due to the imminent decarbonization of the energy system. For this we need specialists with sound technical and ecological knowledge, such as that taught in the master's degree programme Environment and Natural Resources."

Thomas Hiltbrunner, Managing director EW Lachen

Course content

You will consider the following questions throughout your studies:

Current impressions from everyday study life:

Master's Studio

In the Master's Studio, you specialise in the thematic field of your research group. You benefit from our network in industry and research, and have the opportunity to carry out projects abroad with industry partners in the field.

As part of the Master's thesis, you develop your own ideas and concepts for solving scientific challenges. This enables you to tackle complex issues independently in your subsequent professional occupation. Let yourself be inspired:

Research groups

The central aspect of your Master's degree is your participation in your chosen research group. This individual specialisation makes up half of the degree's programme and gives you in-depth insights into research and development work. In this way, you already build up a professional network during your studies.

"My research group was very committed to my work and thus enabled me to further my education in a very targeted manner. This specialization ideally complemented my previous professional training and also helped to ensure that I could now enter my desired career field. In addition, the diversity of the students' backgrounds appealed to me very much. Since we all came from different disciplines, we were able to discuss a wide variety of topics in a very lively and constructive manner."

Samuel Schilling, graduate research group geoinformatics

Energy systems and mobility

Circular systems, resource and material flows

Analysis and communication of environmental impacts

Unsure which research group to choose for your master's degree? Come to an info event on campus, we will be happy to advise you.

"For the energy transition, we need you! The focus on renewable energy sources is absolutely necessary. Help us continue the transformation. Are you unsure which area suits you? Write me an email, I will be happy to advise you."

Jürg Rohrer, Head of MRU Ecological Engineering and Renewable Energy