Science, Technology and Policy

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

24 months
1200 EUR/year
1200 EUR/year
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The Science, Technology and Policy programme at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology was created 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. 

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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.

Career Perspectives

The skills that are acquired in the Science, Technology and Policy programme at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are in high demand, particularly in government agencies, technology and life sciences firms, consulting firms, industry, international organisations, NGOs, and also academia.

  • Consulting: In consulting, graduates contribute to feasible and effective solutions to real-world problems based on innovative new methods at the interface of science, technology, and policy. 
  • International Organisations: Given their interdisciplinary backgrounds and leadership skills, STP graduates are attractive employees for international organisations.
  • Research and Education: In academia, graduates promote an interdisciplinary approach to research and education, and their research will aim at integrated technical-social solutions to global issues.
  • Industry and Government: In industry and government, graduates apply innovative insights and approaches to problem solving in the real world.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Cornerstone Science, Technology, and Policy
  • Bridging Science, Technology, and Policy
  • Colloquium Science, Technology, and Policy 
  • Policy Analysis
  • Statistics
  • Data & Computer Science
  • Energy & Mobility 
  • Life Sciences & Health
  • Resources & Environment 
  • Urbanization & Planning

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The Bologna application period is only available for students who do not require a visa and who are prepared to wait for the decision until June.


IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful candidates must hold a BSc degree with minimum 180 ECTS in natural sciences or engineering including architecture and mathematics.
  • All candidates must submit an application online and are subject to individual assessment by the admissions committee.
  • GRE General Test: Compulsory for students who have not obtained their Bachelor degree diploma in one of the EU/EFTA Member State countries
  • 2 recommendation letters
  • Motivation letter
  • Complete course contents, including courses still to be visited, in a short version (keywords)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 600 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1200 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 600 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.

CHF 660 per semester


It is primarily the responsibility of students and their families to finance studies. If their funds are insufficient, students may file a scholarship request.

Merit-​based scholarship

ETH Zurich supports excellent students wishing to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programmes:

  • Excellence Scholarship 
  • ETH-​D Scholarship

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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