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Master of Science in Environment and Natural Resources

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

«This programme enables students to recognise relationships, a prerequisite for positions of responsibility in the environmental field.»

Rolf Krebs, Institute Director

«We need unconventional, interdisciplinary solutions to problems that manifest themselves at the interface between society, nature and technology. This why our Master’s programme, which trains environmental experts and sustainability specialists for this purpose, is so necessary.»

Martina Weiss, MSc Programme Director

«Our Master's programme 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

Unique environmental Master's programme

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.

We offer

  • a unique course of programme which, thanks to the involvement in research units, strengthens your disciplinary skills and provides you with socio-economic and technological knowledge
  • an individual specialisation in your field of Expertise
  • a paperless study programme with diverse forms and applications of digital teaching
  • the possibility of a university degree thanks to the Double Degree with our partner university in Slovenia

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
Study options: full- or part-time
Start of studies: autumn 
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), national co-operation with universities and universities of applied Sciences as well as research and business partners
Admission requirements: University of applied science degree in the field of natural resource sciences or a related field ...»

Registration deadline: 30 April - apply here ...»

Study content

Individual specialization

Within your MRU you choose a research unit of the Institute of Natural Research Sciences or our partner organisations in which you complete your Master Studio (Project Work 1 and 2 as well as Master Thesis). This integration into a research unit, which makes up half of your studies, will enable you an individual specialization and gives you in-depth insights into research and development work. This enables you to build up a professional network with our partners from industry and research during your studies.

Modul overview

International mobility

Would you like to make your study international? We offer you an attractive environment for this: Whether you are attending an exchange semester at a partner university or completing a double degree with a fourth semester in Slovenia - we will be happy to advise you and provide you with unique experiences.

International Mobility: Opportunities at the MSc ENR

Are you an incoming Student? Would you like to spend a semester in our Master's programme? Check out our brochure and get in touch with us.

Come to Switzerland: Opportunities at the MSc ENR


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).

Do you have any questions?

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