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Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources

The MSc in Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) will make you into an environmental expert and a sustainability specialist. Choose your specialisation from Agrofood Systems, Biodiversity & Ecosystems, or Ecological Engineering.

«The Master's in ENR enables students to recognise relationships, a prerequisite for positions of responsibility in the environmental field.»

Rolf Krebs, Institute Director

«Practical, independent and closely based on research - this is how the Master's in Environment and Natural Resources has been designed.»

Angela Martucci, MSc Programme Director

«The Master's follows on from the BSc in Natural Resource Sciences by further developing your research skills to become a future environmental expert.»

Danièle Lagnaz, BSc Programme Director

Educational Goal

Careful land use and a sustainable economy are the key societal challenges of the coming decades. How can we bring about change that leads to sustainable development? What strategies, methods and conditions will make this transition possible? These questions form the starting point for the inter- and transdisciplinary Master's in ENR programme.

The goal of the new consecutive MSc is to provide in-depth, disciplinary training. Simultaneously, graduates of this environmental Master's programme, which is unique among universities of applied sciences, possess strong skills in combining technical, scientific and social science disciplines.

Specialisations / Master Research Units (MRU)

At the beginning of the programme you choose your personal specialisation:

Agrofood Systems

Biodiversity & Ecosystems

Ecological Engineering

At a glance

Degree / Title: Master of Science ZFH in Environment and Natural Resources
Workload: 90 Credits (ECTS)
Duration: Full-time 3 semesters, part-time possible
Start of studies: from autumn 2018 (September)
Teaching locations: Wädenswil, depending on the timetable also at partner locations
Language: 1st semester: German, 2nd semester: English
Study fees: CHF 720.00 per semester + additional study-related expenses ...»
: Double degree possible with the University Ljubljana (Slovenia), co-operation at a national level with the University of Zurich, and within the ZHAW School of Engineering, the School of Social Work, the School of Management and Law, the Institute of Applied Simulation, the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology and the Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation
Admission requirements
: University of applied science degree in the field of natural resource sciences or a related field ...»

Registration: Apply here ...»

Practical and research-oriented

The majority of the research and services projects at the Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR) are carried out in cooperation with partners from industry and research. As part of your Master's thesis, you will work on research questions currently being examined by the Institute's research groups. In this way, you will have direct contact with companies, research institutes and public institutions. As part of the teaching, external lecturers ensure there is a connection with real-world practice and allow you to develop professional networks.

Individual support

Along with your academic advisor, you determine your goals at the beginning of your studies and create your individual study plan from the modules on offer. Based on your educational background, interests and aptitude, you choose research topics from one of the three specialisations: Agrofood Systems, Biodiversity & Ecosystems, Ecological Engineering (Master’s Research Units). The research topics for tutorials and Master's thesis are supervised by the research groups within the Master's Research Units. Your academic advisor will support you during your studies by helping organise your timetable, providing advice on choosing the subject for your Master's thesis and answering other questions concerning the content of your studies.


The Master’s is based on close cooperation in the form of a double degree with the University of Ljubljana. This allows ZHAW students to complete a 4th semester in Slovenia, gaining a university degree (120 ECTS) and qualifying them to begin a Ph.D. programme.

There is also close cooperation with the following institutions:

Working with these collaboration partners makes for a more diverse curriculum. There is also collaboration in research and teaching with the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Agroscope and the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL).

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