Blockchain is on everyone’s lips ‒ not least because the Crypto Valley stretching from Zug to Zurich is one of the global centres for this technology. But what is the story behind the new «Internet of Value»? What can this technology already do? What are its strengths, weaknesses, risks and areas of potential?
The CAS in Blockchain at the University of Zurich looks at these questions and in doing so addresses the topic at a uniquely wide-ranging level: computer scientists, lawyers, economists and financial specialists from the University of Zurich have joined forces to teach participants the technical basics as well as provide them with legal tools and economic knowledge about the applications. In doing so, they are able to call on first-hand experience from academic blockchain projects, consulting activities and company start-ups.
The study programme is divided into three modules:
1. Blockchain Technology (3 ECTS credits)
2. Blockchain Business and Economics (4 ECTS credits)
3. Blockchain Regulation and Law (3 ECTS credits)
A total of 10 ECTS credits are required in order to successfully complete the CAS. An ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of around 30 hours. Each module is worth 3 or 4 ECTS credits. This comprises attendance time during the course days as well as preparatory and follow-up work.
Lessons are in English. The course documents are generally in English.
Process and assessment
An assessment must be completed for each module.
For the first module, this takes the form of a multiple-choice test on all topics covered in the module.
For the second module, a written paper on a selected topic must be completed. Literature research as well as case studies, evaluations and practical studies are possible. Participants opt for a topic during the course of the module following consultation with a lecturer. The work should comprise approximately 15 pages and be written in either German or English.
The third module is also assessed using a multiple-choice test as well as short essays on all topics covered in the module.
Application deadline: 23rd August 2021, but due to the extraordinary circumstances, out-of-period booking will be possible for a limited period.
Professional practitioners who want to receive an in-depth insight into the various facets of blockchain technologies and gain an edge in knowledge based on relevant research findings.
Course days: September to December 2021, on Fridays and Saturdays
Project work: November – December 2021
Number of participants
Maximum of 30 participants
University degree at master’s level or an equivalent qualification as well as basic knowledge in the fields of IT, law and economics.
MAS in Quantitative Finance
Participants of the MAS in Quantitative Finance can book individual modules (worth 3 ECTS points each)
Every successful graduate receives a Certificate of Advanced Studies UZH in Blockchain (10 ECTS credits)
Center for Continuing Education of the University of Zurich, Schaffhauserstrasse 228, 8057 Zurich
Because of the current pandemic, online and on-site attendance will be allowed
CHF 8500.-, including course documentation
University of Zurich
Department of Informatics
Continuing Education in Informatics