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UZH CAS in Blockchain

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Why UZH for blockchain education?

The UZH CAS in Blockchain builds around the UZH Blockchain Center, the largest and most active Academic initiative in the space in Switzerland. With 22 Professors from the most diverse areas, the centre works as a single point of contact between scholars, industry and policy makers. It offers an extensive educational programme ranging from undergraduate students to industry leaders thanks to the unique combination of expertise and world-class research activities.

Based on a multidimensional analysis, in 2022, UZH was ranked first for blockchain Europe (and third World-wide) for blockchain by CoinDesk. This is following our excellent ranking in 2021 (4th World-wide, still first in Europe).

Course Goals

1. Assess the Technology

We provide a scientifically substantiated assessment of the full potential and limitations of blockchain technologies.

2. Understand the Implications

We discuss the most important economic and legal factors that determine the past evolution and current situation of blockchain-based systems.

3. Know the Trends

We not only enable an insight into state-of-the-art technologies but also identify the most important future developments in the area of blockchain.

4. Meet the Swiss Ecosystem

The programme is open and closed with Academic trips to flagship blockchain hubs in Switzerland.

UZH CAS in Blockchain

Our exclusive UZH Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Blockchain offers high-quality education specially tailored to industry leaders. The course is taught by world-renowned professors across academic disciplines: Law, Informatics, Economics and Finance. This interdisciplinary approach is necessary to unveil the true potential of this emerging technology and is unique to our programme.

The current edition of the UZH CAS in Blockchain builds on three successful previous editions, starting in 2019. Its contents are yearly renovated following this rapidly varying field.

Query us early if you want receive more information and inscribe to the 2024 programme.

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Course Facts


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.

Target audience

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 duration

Course days: March until May 2023, on Fridays and Saturdays

Project work: June 2023

Number of participants

Maximum of 30 participants.

Admission criteria

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 pandemic conditions, online and on-site attendance may be necessary


CHF 8500.-, including course documentation



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.

Teaching language  

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, two assessments will be performed during 08.10 and 09.10 sessions.

The third module is also assessed using a multiple-choice test as well as short essays on all topics covered in the module.

A final written paper (“assignments”) on a selected topic must be completed at the end of ghe course. 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 course programme is structured under the following three modules:

Contents Module 1:
Blockchain Technology

1. Introduction to Blockchain

Prof. Dr Burkhard Stiller

2. Blockchain Platforms and Architectures

Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller &
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bocek

3. Smart Contracts

Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein &
Dr. Daniele Dell‘Aglio

Contents Module 2:
Blockchain Business & Economics

1. Enterprise Blockchains

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schwabe

2. Cryptocurrencies

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens

3. Blockchain Cryptoeconomics and Analytics

Prof. Dr. Claudio J. Tessone

4. Applications of Public Blockchains

Prof. Dr. Helmut Dietl

Contents Module 3:
Blockchain Regulation & Law

1. Token Regulation and ICOs

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber

2. Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts

Prof. Dr. Rolf H. Weber &
Prof. Dr. Peter Georg Picht

3. Data Protection and Property Law

Prof. Dr. Florent Thouvenin &
Prof. Dr. Alfred Früh

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