CAS ETH in Technology and Public Policy: Policy Process

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

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

Complementing their science or engineering backgrounds, the TPP programme participants acquire public policy analysis skills in order to thrive at the intersection between technology and public policy.

Programme structure

Programme description

The TPP programme targets professionals from both the private and public sector who want to further develop the policy analysis skills they need to effectively address societal challenges in their current or future careers. The programme is structured modularly so as to best suit the backgrounds, interests, aims and needs of the participants. It consists of two CAS degrees in Technology and Public Policy (15 ECTS each).


Participants will learn how to systematically and effectively (1) analyse how public institutions function and how policy choices are made; and (2) how to manage policy-making processes and communicate effectively with policy-makers, stakeholders, and the public.

Professional perspectives

Graduates of the TPP programme will belong to the next generation of policy analysts, decision-makers and policy-makers who are literate in both science and technology as well as policy analysis. With the acquired knowledge and skills they will be well prepared to design and implement public policies addressing today’s grand societal challenges in areas such as, for example, climate change, urban development, sustainable mobility, the energy transition, and the digital transformation.

Programme structure

One-semester part-time programme, can also be completed in 1.5 years.
CAS consists of three modules: Technology, Society, Markets, and the State; Public Sphere and Stakeholders in Policy-Making; Communication and Negotiation.
2- or 3-day block seminars, one block week, 21 days of in-person meetings.

Additional information

The programme participants will have the opportunity to apply these skills to the policy issues that interest them or to problems that are relevant in their professional settings (e.g. mobility, energy, public health, the digital space, urban planning, environment / sustainability, security, and others), and will profit from high-level interactions with academics, experienced practitioners and their peers.
This CAS focuses on the interface between politics (the input into the policy process) and policy (the output of the policy process, such as laws and regulations) in public policy analysis. The other CAS TPP: Impact Analysis focuses on the interface between policy and outcomes.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Certificate of Advanced Studies ETH in Technology and Public Policy: Policy Process

Credit points

15 ECTS credit points

Target group and requirements

Target group

Professionals from the private as well as the public sectors working at the intersection of science, technology and policy and those wanting to move into this field, for whom a combination of science or engineering knowledge combined with skills in policy analysis is important.


Master’s degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications, preferably in natural sciences or engineering. Strong interest in public policy and relevant work experience of around three to five years or more.

Required language skills

English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages


Time and place


Every Spring Semester


1 Semester (January - June)

Application period

15.05.-31.10.2020 (later applications may be accepted if places are still available)


ETH Zurich

Tuition fee

CHF 9,500 (excluding application fee)
If both the ’CAS TPP: Policy Process’ and the ’CAS TPP: Impact Analysis’ are combined the fee is CHF 17,000 in total.

Deregistration fee

Deregistration within 30 days after the admission date provided in ETH correspondence - Free of charge
Deregistration more than 30 days after the admission date and before the start of the programme - Half of the programme costs (e.g. CHF 4,750 for either of the CAS)
Deregistration after the start of the programme - Full programme costs (e.g. CHF 9,500 for either of the CAS)



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Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 18.1, Rämistr. 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch

Application documents

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Additional application documents

Curriculum Vitae (CV) Motivation letter (max. one page)


Programme management

Professor Thomas Bernauer (Programme Director), Professor Tobias Schmidt (Deputy Programme Director) and Nicolas Solenthaler (Programme Manager)


ETH Zurich, Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) Nicolas Solenthaler, Universitätstrasse 41, 8092 Zurich Tel. 0041 (0)44 632 48 30 , nicolas.solenthaler [a] istp[.]ethz[.]ch

Responsible body

ETH Zurich, D-GESS, Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP)


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