MAS ETH in Sustainable Water Resources (MAS ETH SWR)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

The MAS Programmes aim 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.

Master of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Environment, Infrastructure & Architecture

The MAS ETH SWR combines coursework with research to advance participants’ understanding and know-how so that they can address present and future water challenges of sustainable resource management.

Programme structure

Programme description

The MAS ETH SWR is an interdisciplinary and research–oriented programme that focuses on understanding key issues pertaining to the sustainability of water resources in relation to environmental, economic and social contexts while considering the impacts of development and climate change. The programme includes coursework, seminars and high–level supervised research. General research topics are integrated water resources management, the water–food–energy nexus and urban water management.


The MAS is designed to educate participants on the importance of water availability and water scarcity and stress in a changing world, at the same time preparing them to face key challenges such as climate and land use change, increased water use, and population growth. The MAS enhances scientific backgrounds and technical skills in water resources through a broad and integrated vision of water resources management. Graduates are expected to become champions of sustainable water resource management worldwide.

Professional perspectives

Participants gain an international perspective of water resources within a context of sustainability and development. Graduates are able to work in organisations dealing with the assessment and management of water resources such as federal offices, NGOs, research institutions, universities, and private companies. Graduates have the technical skills needed to develop innovative solutions to global challenges and they are well suited to working in multi–disciplinary environments.

Programme structure

The 12-month programme consists of coursework and research. An individual study programme is developed based on the participant’s professional interests. The coursework primarily includes MSc courses in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Sciences. An individually chosen research project is the basis of a MAS thesis.

Additional information

The MAS is a unique graduate programme that it allows individuals to expand their knowledge, through exposure to high-level teaching and research during an intense 12-month period, on key issues of sustainability and water resources at a world-renown technical university. Successful graduates gain multi- and interdisciplinary knowledge and are able to tackle and solve complex problems independently due to the acquired solid theoretical background. In addition to environmental and technical competences, participants develop communication skills among different disciplines and are exposed to multi-cultural perspectives through invited guest speakers as well as a diverse student body.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Master of Advanced Studies with the title ’MAS ETH in Sustainable Water Resources’ (MAS ETH SWR)

Credit points

66 ECTS credits

Target group and requirements

Target group

Individuals with engineering backgrounds who are concerned about water resources and sustainability and would like to enhance their professional knowledge as well as technical and inter-disciplinary capabilities. The most successful candidates have backgrounds in environmental or civil engineering.


Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH in Civil or Environmental Engineering. Highly qualified applicants with a relevant BSc in Civil or Environmental Engineering or a MSc in a related field may be admitted after individual review.

Required language skills

English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages


Time and place


Every Autumn Semester


1 year (12 months), full-time

Application period

1 January-31 March, every year


ETH Zurich

Tuition fee

CHF 5,000 for the entire programme

Deregistration fee

After 45 days upon admission: CHF 2500



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Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

Additional application documents

1 reference from an employer or university professor, 1 page research proposal (for details please consult the programme website)
Please send all documents together with the application form to the School for Continuing Education.


Programme management

Professor Paolo Burlando, Chair of Hydrology and Water Resources Management, D-BAUG (Programme Director)


ETH Zurich, Dr. D. Molnar, Institute of Environmental Engineering, HIL D 23.3, Stefano Franscini-Platz 5, 8093 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 633 49 65 , darcy.molnar [a] ifu[.]baug[.]

Responsible body

ETH Zurich, Institute of Environmental Engineering, in collaboration with the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering (D-BAUG)


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