Energy Science and Technology

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

30 months
1196 EUR/year
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The Master's degree programme in Energy Science and Technology (MEST) at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is a unique opportunity to understand the production and use of energy in our society.

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The ability to harness energy resources, together with the ability to walk upright and use tools, is what chiefly distinguishes humans from animals. Today’s pre-industrial societies still rely heavily on the most basic form of energy conversion: fire. Modern societies cannot conceive of living without energy, even for a limited time, and nations have long waged war in order to secure energy resources.

Can we produce environmentally friendly energy? How do we know that an energy system is reliable, of low risk, economically viable, socially compatible, and resilient in the face of natural catastrophes?

The Master in Energy Science and Technology programme at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology offers students a choice of studies addressing the technical, environmental, economic, societal or political aspects of a sustainable energy system, equiping themselves to contribute towards shaping our future.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Electric Power Transmission: System & Technology
  • Combustion and Reactive Processes in Energy and Materials Technology
  • Energy Conversion
  • Principles of Microeconomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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

MEST strives to accept students from diverse backgrounds, but it is mainly those students holding a Bachelor degree in engineering or natural sciences with a strong academic performance from a nationally or internationally reputed university who have a good chance of being admitted to the course. To be considered, the candidate's Bachelor degree should comprise the following courses (although a deviation of up to 6 ECTS credit points is allowed):

  • Mathematics: an equivalent of 26 credit points or more
  • Physics: an equivalent of 10 credit points or more

  • Chemistry: an equivalent of 3 credit points or more

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1196 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 598 EUR per semester and a duration of 30 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1196 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 598 EUR per semester and a duration of 30 months.

660 CHF 


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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