Programmes and Courses
The continuing education programmes offered by ETH Zurich are tailored to the needs of specialists and managers with an academic background who work in private or public companies or are engaged in research, teaching or consultancy.
Admission to the MAS, DAS and CAS programmes generally requires a Master’s degree from an ETH, a degree recognised as equivalent from a different university or a comparable level of higher education.
Masters of Advanced Studies (MAS, MBA)
The MAS and MBA Programmesaim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification or may lead to a change of profession. They correspond to at least 60 ECTS credits, require a Master’s thesis or project work and generally last between one year full-time and two years part-time. Upon successful completion of the programme, students are awarded the academic title of “Master of Advanced Studies ETH” (MAS ETH) or “Master of Business Administration ETH” (MBA ETH).
What distinguishes a MAS, MBA for a Master (MSc, MA)?
Please note that MAS und MBA programmes differ significantly from normal master programmes (MSc, MA):
- They are designed for executives and experts and require a Master's degree (MSc, MA) and professional experience as a rule.
- They are shorter (≥ 60 ECTS credits) than normal master programmes (≥ 90 ECTS) and often better suited for part-time studies.
- A MAS or MBA degree does not substitute a normal Master's degree (MSc, MA). It does not qualify for admission to doctorate studies.
Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS)
DAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 30 ECTS credits and generally involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years. Successful participants are awarded a “Diploma of Advanced Studies ETH”.
Certificates of Advanced Studies (CAS)
CAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 10 ECTS credits and 150 contact hours and may involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years. Successful participants are awarded a “Certificate of Advanced Studies ETH”.
Further education courses
Further education courses are in-depth or interdisciplinary events in one of ETH Zurich’s specialist areas. They last one or more days and are aimed at qualified experts working in the field. What is taught is generally both the very latest academic knowledge obtained from research and also application-oriented knowledge.
E-learning and MOOCs
E-learning programmes are generally aimed primarily at students at ETH Zurich, but may also be of interest to a specialist external public. A fee is payable for some of the courses, while others are free of charge.
The Teaching Diploma for Grammar Schools (60 ECTS credits), in German only, certifies the successful completion of didactic training in the subject in question for the purpose of teaching in grammar schools or other educational institutions. To be awarded the Teaching Diploma, candidates must have completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and in some cases met additional subject-specific requirements.
The Teaching Certificate (24 ECTS credits), in German only, certifies the successful completion of basic didactic training in the subject in question. It prepares participants for carrying out various kinds of in-house training for companies and for teaching at specialist secondary schools, universities of applied sciences and other institutes of higher education. The Teaching Certificate does not meet the EDK (Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education) requirements for teaching at grammar schools. To be awarded the Teaching Certificate, candidates must have completed a Master’s degree (or equivalent) and in some cases met additional subject-specific requirements.
In-house programmes are tailor-made continuing education courses for individual companies, consortiums or the public administration. ETH Zurich offers such courses on request and subject to its capability, either on site or at the university itself. Terms and conditions are negotiated on a case by case basis.
Customised solutions for private individuals
Many of the regular courses at ETH Zurich are open to people outside the university. For a small fee, they can sign up as auditors.
Other courses for external customers
The section on Other coursesshows additional continuing education opportunities offered by ETH Zurich or related institutions, and also the continuing education programmes which are aimed primarily at students, lecturers and employees of ETH Zurich but which can also be taken by people from outside the university.
Various units of ETH Zurich also offer continuing education courses for employees of ETH Zurich and the ETH Domain, especially in the fields of languages, computer skills, teaching methods, project management and leadership. Naturally, employees can also take advantage of the programmes for external customers. The terms and conditions for taking part in these can be found on the Intranet.