MAS ETH in digital Clinical Research (MAS ETH diCR)

  • Master of Advanced Studies
  • Health, Life & Natural Science

This description is only available in English.

  • Spring and Autumn Semester

  • 2–3 years

  • ETH Zurich
  • English
    Tuition language
  • 01.08–30.10.2022

    Application period
  • CHF 37,530

    Programme fee
The MAS provides all components for successful clinical research to improve patient care with a special focus on digital technology provided by a network of world-​leading experts at ETH Zürich.

Structure and content

Programme description
Clinical research should have a meaningful impact on patient's life and the outcome of diseases, and it should find solutions for disease prevention and maintenance of health. The curriculum of the MAS ETH diCR extends the traditional scope of clinical research to include new, innovative, and digital approaches to foster a deeper understanding of its potential in context with the regulatory, ethical and practical environment, and the advantages of big data and personalized medicine.
  • To understand and apply all aspects of clinical research methodology
  • To understand the potential of novel, digital technology, e.g., digital measures, real-​world data, remote monitoring, to improve clinical research
  • To understand the key concepts of digital health interventions
  • To understand the ethical and regulatory environment in clinical research applying digital technologie
  • To create a novel clinical research study utilising digital technology in the area of interest
Professional perspectives
The MAS will be a significant step in the professional carrier towards becoming an expert in digital clinical research. It will prepare participants to take a leading role in digital medicine and clinical trials, define digital research strategies, and use the potential of personalised medicine and patient-​centered clinical research.
Structure and format

The MAS programme has a modular structure. This includes the CAS ETH in Digital Health and CAS ETH in Modern Concepts in Clinical Research and one of various elective CAS, e.g. the CAS ETH in Nutrition in Medicine or the CAS ETH in Regulatory Thinking. A master's thesis is required for completion of the MAS.

Tuition language(s)

English: 100 %  

Credit points
60 ECTS credits

Target group and admission

Target group
The MAS is designed for physicians, health care providers, and professionals in start-​ups, MedTech and pharma companies who want to specialise in clinical research utilising novel, digital technology.
Master's degree acknowledged by ETH or equivalent educational qualifications in life science. At least two years of postgraduate work experience in a relevant field. Sufficient prior knowledge in statistics and Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
Required language skills
Language(s) of performance assessment

Dates and venue


Every Spring and Autumn Semester


2–3 years

Application period


10.01–15.06.2023 (01.06–15.07 late applications, if places are available)

ETH Zurich


Programme fee

CHF 37,530

Application fee

CHF 50 for persons with a Swiss university degree, CHF 150 for persons with another university degree (non-​refundable, credit card payment only)

Withdrawal fee
  • within 30 days after admission: free of charge
  • after 30 days after admission: CHF 6,585
  • after programme start: CHF 13,900


Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17–18.5, Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zurich, Tel. external page+41 44 632 56 59, E-mail

Application documents
Additional application documents
  • Movation letter
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificate(s)
  • Certificate(s) in statistics

Applicants who do not have prior knowledge in medical statistics and GCP will be admitted with conditions and must successfully complete the corresponding courses.


Programme management

Professor Christian Wolfrum

Programme Director
Professor Christian Wolfrum

Dr Sabine Goldhahn

Programme Manager
Dr Sabine Goldhahn

ETH Zurich, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health, Dr Sabine Goldhahn, SLA C 5, Schorenstrasse 16, 8603 Schwerzenbach, Tel. external page+41 44 655 72 92, E-mail

Responsible body
ETH Zurich, D-​HEST


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