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Master in Science, Technology and Policy 2020, ETH Zurich’s Institute of Science, Technology and Policy, Switzerland

Publish Date: Mar 26, 2020

Deadline: Mar 31, 2020

Master in Science, Technology and Policy

Join this interdisciplinary programme at the intersection between technology and society/policy at ETH Zurich, one of the leading technical schools in the world and ranked the best university in Continental Europe. Complementing your technical background with skills in Policy Analysis, you are ready to tackle today’s grand societal challenges, such as climate change, digital society, urban development, sustainable mobility and the energy transition.

ETH Zurich’s Institute of Science, Technology and Policy (ISTP) offers an interdisciplinary specialised Master’s (MSc) Programme (120 ECTS) in order to enable students who have already completed a degree in science and engineering to acquire policy analysis skills, while deepening their knowledge of science and engineering at the Master’s level. This full-​time programme is taught in English by internationally known faculty and experts.



Mitigating and adapting to climate change, making mobility and the energy system more sustainable, improving the quality of life in rapidly expanding cities worldwide, as well as using the opportunities and coping with the challenges of digital society are among the many societal issues where solutions are likely to emerge at the interface of science, technology, and public policy.

To contribute effectively to policy-​making in such areas, science and engineering skills are essential, but so are academic skills in policy analysis. Policy analysis is a distinct academic field that draws on concepts, models, and methods from economics, political science, psychology, and other social sciences. Applying such skills to substantive real-​world issues, whose analysis also requires science and engineering know-​how, is at the core of our Master's programme in Science, Technology and Policy.

Formal prerequisites


  • Complete application:
    The printout of the online application form and the complete set of supporting documents must arrive at the Admissions Office by the deadline.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent first degree from an internationally recognised university:
    • Recognised universities are recognised or accredited as a university in their own country by the responsible national authority.
    • The Bachelor's degree is based on at least three years of study (full-​time equivalent) or 180 credits ECTS (European credit transfer system), respectively. 1 credit ECTS corresponds to a workload of 25-​30 hours.
    • The Bachelor's degree qualifies the holder to enter, without additional requirements, Master's degree programmes at a university within the education system where the the Bachelor's degree was acquired.
    • The Bachelor's degree must have been awarded before lectures commence at ETH Zurich, but not necessarily at the time of application.

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