The SR21 – Institute for Scientific Research, Zurich, uses research-led teaching, a unique location and a strong sense of purpose to broaden its students’ perspectives. We promote Higher Education, Scientific Research in the 21st century (SR21) and we target on Knowledge and Technology Transfer.

Switzerland is home to some of the world’s most renowned universities with several top-ranked universities and programmes, scientific institutions and a strong relationship between the industry and scientific research. Switzerland is at the summit of scientific innovation at a European and global level. It occupies top rankings according to several criteria, which is no surprise given the amount of money and support it dedicates to research.

SVEB / FSEA, the Swiss national federal umbrella organisation for adult education, promotes contact between researchers and aims to intensify the dialogue between science and practice. As members of the SVEB / FSEA, we are fully compliant with their rules and regulations during the Covid-19 era.

One of the roles of SVEB / FSEA  is to strengthen research in continuing education in the country and to also make scientific contributions on various central points. During the past 70 years, SVEB / FSEA promotes collaboration with educational institutions and supports its members in their activities. It works in such a way that the education in Switzerland is kept to its entitled status and that the political, economic, societal and cultural conditions are promoted in higher education.

The education landscape is undergoing a major process of change – accentuated by the effects of the corona pandemic. While the developments at the education providers are widely examined, we yet know relatively little about the full length of changes students have to cope with. There are many indications that the learning habits of students will change with the digital experiences and that some target groups will develop new needs. The expectations of the students seem to be growing to be able to choose the learning formats flexibly and according to each individual preferences. For others, the opportunities for social interaction and learning in groups are central, especially in face-to-face forms, but not only. The teaching and learning need to remain very heterogeneous as they had become more diverse as a result of the pandemic. In any case, SR21 Zurich is dealing with the needs of each one of our students and is adapting their needs in specific teaching and learning formats. At the same time, the quality of the teaching and learning is a continuous process and should be secured and further developed.

Universities play a critical role in science in Switzerland today and regularly place extremely well in various rankings. A large number of Swiss scientists and organisations have received Nobel prizes. There are strong research links between universities and the industry, which means science plays a significant role in the Swiss economy. Multinational corporations have the financial wherewithal to push R&D, such as in healthcare, and they can provide valuable connections between work done at universities and in the industry. Partnerships with businesses, as well as with research and educational institutions and university spin-offs, promote Swiss innovation and create career opportunities in the relevant fields. The Swiss economy focuses on high tech, quality work and skilled workers and strongly depends on foreign trade. Leading companies in engineering, machinery, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical technology, and computer sciences have headquarters in the country. Switzerland’s innovation performance is among the best in the world. The main players in scientific research are the corporate sector and institutes of higher education.

The SR21 – Institute for Scientific Research supports our growing and thriving research community with resources and networking opportunities. We’ll connect you with a global community of scholars, industry experts, leading academics and employers from a diverse range of interdisciplinary research areas. Our degree students can study in disciplines related to each department or lab of the Institute. The chosen degree can be widely customised and individualised and this involves considerable effort, via supervised research assignments, projects and a thesis.

SR21 AWARD SCHEMES
BPhil

The Bachelor of Philosophy (BPhil) is a very specialised undergraduate Bachelor’s degree. Frequently, the degree is either only research-based or involves additional academic components. The BPhil program enables students to plan their own academic programs in conjunction with a faculty preceptor. BPhil candidates participate in residential programs, working with faculty to design individualized majors, and produce a thesis. [more]

Bachelor of Advanced Studies

A Bachelor of Advanced Studies is an undergraduate degree awarded in various countries.
Bachelor of Advanced Studies programs may be non-consecutive programs tailored for “specific groups of working professionals with well-defined needs for advanced degree work or advanced research degrees. The degree of Bachelor of Advanced Studies is awarded in Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein as continuing education (Weiterbildung) degree. A Bachelor of Advanced Studies requires 120-180 ECTS and usually consists of course work, independent study and a thesis. [more]

BA/BSc

The Bachelor degree is an award that students can study in disciplines related to each department or lab of the Institute. The degree can be widely customised and individualised but this involves considerable effort, via supervised research assignments, projects and a thesis. It is equivalent to a standard Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degrees may be gained by full or part-time study or a combination of the two. Many part-time students choose to follow a programme of study in collaboration with their employer, with supervision being provided with both by our institution and the place of work. All students undertaking our degrees are provided with specialist supervision from experts in their chosen subject area. The supervisors meet with the student on a regular basis to consider the direction of the work done, progress with the research, drafts of material that may constitute papers and draft chapters. [more]

Master of Advanced Studies

A Master of Advanced Studies is a postgraduate degree awarded in various countries. Master of Advanced Studies programs may be non-consecutive programs tailored for “specific groups of working professionals with well-defined needs for advanced degree work or advanced research degrees. The degree of Master of Advanced Studies is awarded in Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein as continuing education (Weiterbildung) degree.
A Master of Advanced Studies requires 60-90 postgraduate ECTS and usually consists of course work, independent study, and a thesis. All students undertaking our degrees are provided with specialist supervision from experts in their chosen subject area. Students determine the area of study and program of work with the supervisor and are provided with appropriate research training to enable them to complete their program of study. This will culminate in the preparation of a research-based thesis which is submitted for assessment by internal and external examiners, together with an oral examination. [more]

MA/MSc

A Master’s degree (from Latin magister) is an academic degree awarded by Institutions upon completion of a course of study demonstrating mastery or a high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice. A Master’s degree normally requires a previous study at the Bachelor’s level as a separate degree. Within the area studied, Master’s graduates are expected to possess advanced knowledge of a specialized body of theoretical and applied topics; high order skills in analysis, critical evaluation, or professional application; and the ability to solve complex problems and think rigorously and independently.
Our MA/MSc degree is an individually tailored, postgraduate degree. This is an award that students can study in disciplines related to each department or lab of the Institute. An MA/MSc degree requires at least 90 postgraduate ECTS and usually consists of course work, independent study and a thesis. All students undertaking our degrees are provided with specialist supervision from experts in their chosen subject area. Students determine the area of study and programme of work with a supervisor and are provided with appropriate research training to enable them to complete their programme of study. This will culminate in the preparation of a research-based thesis which is submitted for assessment by internal and external examiners, together with an oral examination. [more]

MBA

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree originated in the United States in the early 20th century when the country industrialised and companies sought scientific management. The core courses in an MBA program cover various areas of business administration such as accounting, applied statistics, human resources, business communication, business ethics, business law, business strategy, finance and many other, in a manner most relevant to management analysis and strategy. Most programs also include elective courses and concentrations for further study in a specialised particular area, for example, Healthcare Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Financial Engineering, Actuarial Science and many other areas depending on the interests of each individual student. MBA programs typically require completing 90 postgraduate ECTS credits, typically required for degrees that cover some of the same material such as our other Master degree programs.
The MBA is a terminal degree and a professional degree. We offer programs tailored to the full-time, part-time or executive mode of study (abridged coursework typically occurring on nights or weekends) and distance learning students, many with specialised concentrations.
The MBA dissertation will, in general, comprise the following in some combination: a discussion of the literature, providing a critical review and structuring of what is known on a given topic, to address a specific problem; a case study that goes beyond simple description, containing the analysis of hitherto unpublished material; a test of the application or limitations of some known principle or technique in a particular situation, and/or suggested modifications. As an alternative to the dissertation, we may allow for a major project. [more]

MPhil/Licentiate

The MPhil or Licentiate degree is a postgraduate, research degree, considered above the Master’s degree and below the research Doctoral degree. It may take one or two years, depending on the structure of the agreed course. Our institution decided to offer both paths of MPhil or Licentiate degrees when we realised that many students discover research late in their careers and need more research experience to compete for top Doctorate programs since our institution aims to provide an intensive, high impact on international research experience and collaboration opportunities worldwide.
MPhil/Licentiate students work side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in environments devoted exclusively to advanced research. The focus of the program is to help the students meet the critical need for diverse investigations in advanced research. This objective is achieved by providing:
– an intense mentored research experience in top labs of the institutions involved
– special seminars and selected graduate-level courses to expand student’s knowledge base so they can begin to apply Advanced science knowledge to their field of research
– mentoring and guidance to assist with successful possible continuation to a Doctorate program to succeed in a research career.
Finally, on a case-by-case basis, candidates must pass a viva voce examination before the chosen degree is awarded. [more]

PhD/DSc

A PhD is typically awarded for a thesis and oral examination of the thesis, usually followed by implementation of corrections to the thesis, the requirements for which are specified during or just after the oral exam. It’s often done soon after a Masters, which is done soon after a Bachelors, so a fairly large proportion of PhDs are awarded at the start of one’s academic career. Whereas a DSc is awarded for a portfolio of work, (in some cases submitted together with an over-arching critique of that portfolio), and thus is more likely to be awarded later in an academic’s career.
Nominally, a PhD is a doctorate in philosophy, but is typically awarded for pretty much any subject. There are some who argue that philosophy of knowledge always form part of these studies, regardless of the subject. A DSc is a doctorate in science, and is not awarded for literature, law, divinity, or music, each of which has its own dedicated higher doctorate.
The DSc is a higher doctorate than a PhD, in England. In some other countries, they’re equivalent.
Both get the honorific title Doctor. [more]

DBA/PhDBA

The two to three yeas D.B.A. is a terminal degree in business administration. It represents the highest academic qualification in business administration and is typically required to gain employment as a full-time, tenure-track university professor or postdoctoral researcher in the field. As with other earned doctorates, individuals with the degree are awarded the academic title doctor, which is often represented via the English honorific Dr. or the post-nominal letters DBA.
On the other hand, the Ph.D.BA is a four year program.  Creation of a resource base on highly qualified business researchers and teachers is required who can link and integrate applied research to learning as a precursor to the formulation of vision, strategy and leadership to provide analytical support to grow business sector. There is a need to create an increasing body of academic research focusing on businesses, and original dissertation with valid and well-structured arguments, an significant contribution to the knowledge of improving business administration.
We form intellectually competent graduates who are morally sound, committed to acting justly, and open to further growth; appreciate freedom of expression, imbued with right attitudes and ideologies through a carefully integrated curriculum of ethics, and business management; and achieve academic excellence through hard work, critical, analytical and initiative thinking, and effective decision-making. [more]

Doctorate of Advanced Studies

The Doctor of Advanced Studies is awarded to candidates who have earned an MPhil or comparable postgraduate degree for admission and demonstrate their ability to submit an independent research dissertation in any of the study areas the Institute is offering. The degree is most commonly awarded in Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein. The format and requirements are equivalent to a PhD programme. [more]

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