CAS ETH in Development and Cooperation (CAS ETH DC)

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland
CategorySocial Sciences

Certificates of Advanced Studies

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.

Certificate of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Public Policy & Governance

The CAS ETH DC equips students with theoretical and practical skills to address global development challenges. They can choose from over 20 courses to advance their expertise and sharpen their profile.

Programme structure

Programme description

The CAS ETH DC offers professionals a unique opportunity to learn about scientifically founded concepts on development, to apply tools for result–based management, to reflect on own experiences, and to share best–practice.


The CAS aims to strengthen the technical and methodological skills of professionals working in the field of international development and cooperation.

Professional perspectives

Participants deepen their specialist knowledge and expand their professional network during their CAS ETH DC studies.

Programme structure

  • modular
  • two compulsory courses on basic methodology and current topics in development policy
  • more than 20 method- and policy-oriented elective courses
  • at least 6 courses must be completed (min. 10 ECTS credits).
    Courses can also be attended independently (not as part of a CAS).

    Tuition languages

    German: 50 % English: 50 %


    CAS ETH in Development and Cooperation (CAS ETH DC)

    Credit points

    10 ECTS credits

    Target group and requirements

    Target group

    Professionals in the field of international development and cooperation.


    A Master’s degree (or equivalent) acknowledged by ETH Zurich plus 24 months of professional experience. More information and exceptions see ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

    Required language skills

    German: C1, English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

    Time and place


    Each Spring Semester and every second Autumn Semester (odd years)


    max. 4 years. The date of enrolment is considered to be the beginning of the study programme.


    ETH Zurich, NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation

    Tuition fee

    Min. CHF 5,480

    Deregistration fee

    Withdrawal 4 to 2 weeks before programme start: half the course fee, withdrawal less than 2 weeks before programme start: the whole course fee.



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    Questions about the application

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


    Programme management

    Professor Isabel Günther (Programme Director) and Dr Fritz Brugger (Programme Manager)


    ETH Zurich, NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation, Clausiusstrasse 37 (CLD), 8092 Zürich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 58 80 , info [a] nadel[.]ethz[.]ch

    Responsible body

    ETH Zurich, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences (D-GESS), NADEL - Center for Development and Cooperation


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    Development Cooperation
    Political Sciences
    Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship
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