ZHAW School of Engineering


As one of the leading engineering faculties in Switzerland, the School of Engineering focuses on topics which will continue to be relevant in future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, continuing professional training, and research and development with an emphasis on the areas of energy, mobility and health. The range of study programmes is oriented to the needs of businesses and the economy, and combines scientifically well-founded training as an engineer with a strong practical relevance and an interdisciplinary approach.

Founded back in 1874 as the Technikum Winterthur, the School of Engineering is an institute of education with a rich tradition. Today, it forms one of eight departments of the ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Attractive and future-focused study programme

The School of Engineering offers a broad range of study programmes and majors, some of which are unique in Switzerland, and which are designed to address the current needs of business and society. The eight types of Bachelor degree impart engineering expertise and problem-solving skills with a strong focus on practical aspects. This enables well-equipped and well-prepared graduates to enter their profession. In addition to a sound education in the basic principles, some 2000 students also benefit from the extensive range of specialised majors and elective courses. Top-performing graduates can continue with a Master.

Research and development with an interdisciplinary approach

The current industry demands also dictate the points of research focus at the School of Engineering. Scientifically-based and innovative solutions are derived in cooperation with business partners and institutions in Switzerland and abroad. The institutes and centres thus work together at the interdisciplinary level.

Continuing professional development

Continuing professional development for engineers is one of the most fundamental requirements in today's knowledge-based society, especially in the technical fields.

The School of Engineering's comprehensive professional development options are geared towards current market demands and have a modular structure.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 semesters September 2018 Switzerland Winterthur + 1 more

The best Bachelor students who have completed a Bachelor's degree with an A or B grade have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Engineering (MSE). The Master's degree is the highest academic university degree. It opens up considerable career prospects and represents a continuation of your academic career. [+]

Introduction: As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superior-quality education, research and development with an emphasis on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

We are pleased with your interest to do an exchange semester at the ZHAW School of Engineering. At the Winterthur campus (30 km from Zurich) we offer exciting subject field combinations, practical instruction using the latest methods and an outstanding infrastructure of institutes and laboratories. You can attend numerous modules as part of our attractive and promising Master programme. Priority is given to students at our partner universities for admission to an exchange semester (Swiss-European Mobility Programme / other Bilateral Agreement). Students from universities without a partner agreement with ZHAW are also welcome, however, and admitted whenever possible. You will study together with your Swiss colleagues. The ZHAW School of Engineering offers a selection of modules in English for incoming students who don't speak German. In addition to the modules in English, incoming exchange students have the possibility of doing a project work at one of our 13 institutes and centres. This makes it possible for students who don't speak German to also complete a valuable semester at the ZHAW School of Engineering. Incoming students who speak German may naturally also attend the German-language modules.... [-]