12 months
4773 EUR/year
4773 EUR/year
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The Master of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Water Resources offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology advocates an integrated vision of sustainable water resources management, with a focus on technical training and high level research.


The Advanced Studies in Sustainable Water Resources program at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is designed to advance the education of scientists and policy makers on the importance of water availability and water scarcity in a changing world, at the same time preparing them to face the challenges of the future, e.g. climate and land use change, increased water use and population growth. The MAS ETH SWR is interdisciplinary.

Participants will acquire skills which will enable them to become leaders in implementing sustainable and environmentally conscious water policies in their home countries. Students propose a research topic, around which a tailor-made study programme is established. Research areas include topics such as water quality, water quantity, water for agriculture, water for the environment, adaptation to climate change, and integrated water resource management.

Program philosophy 

The MAS program is designed to advance the knowledge of water professionals and to generate collaboration between water resources engineers and scientists in Switzerland and abroad. The philosophy of the MAS is that students propose relevant research topics from their home countries, around which individual study programs are devised, and about which they write their thesis. The target audience is 10 students per year, the majority of which are international students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Water Resources Seminars 
  • Sustainability & Water Resources
  • Participatory & Integrated Water Resources Planning
  • Water Governance: Challenges and Solutions

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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Other requirements

General requirements

The following requirements MUST be met:

  • Educational background in environmental or civil engineering, or a related field.
  • Acknowledged university degree at the Master's level or equivalent achieved through job experience.
  • An English language proficiency of C1
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      4773 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 4773 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
    • National

      4773 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 4773 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
    • 5’000 Swiss Francs

    Living costs for Zürich

    1920 - 2572 CHF /month
    Living costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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