A top tourist destination, Switzerland features among the top study abroad destination in Europe as well.  ETH Zurich- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne feature among the 25 top universities in the world with ETH Zurich at the 7th position and EPFL at 22nd. Among the universities which feature in the top 25, Switzerland features at the third position after USA and UK who have 12 and 5 universities in the top 25. These universities also offer some of the top masters courses in Switzerland and the world.

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Top Masters Courses in Switzerland

Out of the total nine top universities in the world, 7 feature among the top 200 which makes the masters courses in Switzerland. University of Zurich features at number 1 in the world in Earth and Marine Sciences. 


Top Universities in Switzerland

World Rank

University

7

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

22

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

78

University of Zurich

108

University of Geneva

139

University of Bern

149

University of Lausanne

160

University of Basel

375

University of St.Gallen (HSG)

601-650

Université de Fribourg

Source: QS Ranking 2019


Arts and Humanities

University of Zurich and ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology rank among the 100 top universities for ‘Arts and Humanities’ courses. The universities offer a number of top masters courses in Switzerland like Archaeology, Architecture / Built Environment, Art & Design, Classics & Ancient History, English Language & Literature, History, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Performing Arts, Philosophy and Theology, Divinity & Religious Studies to name a few.

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ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ranks at 4th position for Architecture / Built Environment. The institution offers Master Architecture to increase the knowledge gained during the undergraduate program. The aspirants of this degree have to show at least 6 months external work experience. The other universities which offer top masters courses in Switzerland in Arts and Humanities are listed below with their subject ranks.

University of Zurich stands 35th in the world for top masters courses in Classic and Ancient History. Along with the University of Bern, University of Zurich also features in 51-100 in courses in Archaeology.


Top Masters Courses in Switzerland: QS 2019 rank for Arts and humanities

Rank

University

96

University of Zurich

99

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

130

University of Geneva

216

University of Bern

234

University of Basel

234

University of Lausanne


Engineering and Technology

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne dominate the Swiss universities in offering courses in Engineering and Technology. 

The two higher education institutions also rank among the top universities in the world offering courses in Computer Sciences and Information Systems. Master's programme in Computer Science at ETH Zurich offers in-depth education in a number of areas of computer science. 

ETH Zurich ranks at 9th, while EPFL at 18. They also rank among the 50 top universities in the world for Chemical Engineering and Civil and Structural engineering. They rank among the top 20 in offering top masters courses in Switzerland in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. ETH and EPFL also rank among the top 50 for Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering. 

Top Masters Courses in Switzerland: QS ranking 2019 for Engineering and Technology

Rank

University

4

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

12

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

187

University of Zurich

318

University of Geneva

401-450

University of Basel

Life Sciences and Medicine

University of Zurich, ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, University of Geneva and University of Basel feature among the top 100 institutions in the world in life sciences and medicine.The universities offer some of the top masters courses in Switzerland in life sciences and medicine. The masters courses are offered in Agriculture & Forestry, Anatomy & Physiology, Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Psychology and  Veterinary Science.

ETH Zurich, the only representative from Switzerland in agriculture and forestry, features at 11th rank in the discipline. Master Agricultural Sciences provides high-level theoretical and methodological competence to its students and equips them with the necessary skills to take up professional or academic opportunities in the field. Students can choose from one of the three majors; Agricultural Economics, Animal Sciences, and Plant Sciences.

According to the QS subject rankings, University of Zurich and University of Lausanne feature at 18th and 31st rank for Anatomy and Physiology. University of Bern, University of Zurich and University of Geneva feature among the top 25 universities in the world which offer top masters courses in Dentistry. ETH Zurich and University of Geneva are among the top 50 universities in pharmacy and pharmacology. 


Top Masters Courses in Switzerland: QS ranking 2019 for Life Sciences and Medicine

Rank

University

45

University of Zurich

54

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

62

University of Geneva

63

University of Basel

101

University of Lausanne

111

University of Bern

131

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Natural Sciences

A total of two Swiss universities feature among the top 15 for natural sciences and a total of 3 in the top 100 puts the Swiss universities as a top place for pursuing natural sciences. They are ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and University of Zurich. 


The top masters courses are offered in Chemistry, Earth & Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Geography, Materials Science, Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. 

The universities from Switzerland have performed well in natural sciences. The higher education institutions are among the top 10 in the world offering top masters courses in Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Materials Science, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy. 


Offering some of the top courses collaborating with some of the best in the region, ETH Zurich offers Joint Master in Applied Geophysics which is conducted at Delft University of Technology, ETH Zurich, and RWTH Aachen University.


Top Masters Courses in Switzerland: QS ranking 2019 Natural Sciences

Rank

University

7

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

13

EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

83

University of Zurich

104

University of Geneva

164

University of Bern

261

University of Basel

401-450

University of Lausanne


Social Sciences and Management

Three of the top universities in Switzerland also feature among the top 100 in social sciences and management with ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at 66th position and University of St.Gallen (HSG) and University of Zurich together at 86. 

All the 7 ranked universities for social sciences and management offer top masters courses in Accounting & Finance, Anthropology, Business & Management Studies, Communication & Media Studies, Development Studies, Economics & Econometrics, Education & Training, Hospitality & Leisure Management, Law, Library & Information Management, Politics & International Studies, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Sports-related Subjects, and Statistics & Operational Research.


Top Masters Courses in Switzerland: QS ranking 2019 Social Sciences and Management

Rank

University

66

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

86

University of St.Gallen (HSG)

86

University of Zurich

222

University of Geneva

230

University of Lausanne

306

University of Bern

360

University of Basel

Top Masters Courses in Switzerland

S.No

Masters Program

Major

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

1

MSc in Earth Sciences

Mineralogy and Geochemistry

Geophysics

Geology

Engineering Geology

2

Joint Master in Applied Geophysics


3

MSc in Atmospheric and Climate Science


4

Master of Science ETH in Architecture


5

Master in Environmental Sciences

Atmosphere and Climate

Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics

Ecology and Evolution

Environmental Systems and Policy

Forest and Landscape Management

Human Health, Nutrition and Environment

6

Masters in Mathematics or Applied Mathematics


7

Masters in Computational Science and Engineering


8

Masters in Statistics


9

Masters in Data Science


10

Masters in Quantitative Finance


11

MSc. Physics


12

MSc. High Energy Physics


13

MSc. Biomedical Engineering


14

MSc. Quantum Engineering


15

Master Architecture


EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

17

Master in Materials Science and Engineering


18

Master of Science in Life Sciences and Technology


19

Master in Molecular and Biological Chemistry


University of Zurich

21

Master of Dental Medicine


22

Master'degree programm in Biomedicine


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