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Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance


University of Zurich

Course overview

The CAS UZH in Sustainable Finance is aimed at people who would like to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in Sustainable Finance and related topics. The program adopts a modular structure that facilitates graduation alongside the workload of busy professionals. The program combines a set of compulsory courses and one elective course. By choosing the elective course, you can define an area of specialization in different Sustainable Finance topics.

Course structure and content

The modularity of the program allows participants to start with any constituent course. Participants complete all 4 ECTS Credits from the core course area and a minimum of 6 ECTS credits from the elective course area.

Core Courses (4 ECTS)
• eFundamentals of Sustainable Finance
• Sustainability & Finance – Introduction
• Sustainable Investing

Elective Courses (6 ECTS)
• Biodiversity & Finance
• Climate Change Finance
• Corporate Governance a& Corporate Social Responsibility
• Current Trends in Sustainable Investing
• Emerging Market Finance
• Financial Inclusion and Microfinance
• Fintech & Sustainability
• Insurance for Development
• Sustainability in Banking & Insurance
• Sustainable Development & Impact

Duration: 1-2 semesters, part-time

Teaching and assessment

Distance Learning, blended learning or classroom sessions (depending on the course selection), partly supplemented with elements of game-based learning. The courses held as classroom sessions usually take place at the University of Zurich’s Center for Continuing Education. Online participation possibility is guaranteed for most courses. (If less than 10 people wish to participate at an on-site event, we reserve the right to hold the event completely online via Zoom.)
The lecturers are professors and lecturers from the University of Zurich as well as other universities and proven practitioners.

Mandatory attendance, active classroom participation and a final assessment are all required to successfully obtain a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Sustainable Finance. Final assessment methods vary, depending on the course (multiple answer, single answer, open essay questions or a combination thereof.)
Grades for assessments are given in half grades on a scale of 1 to 6. 6 is the highest grade, 1 the lowest. ECTS credits are awarded if the overall score is a grade of 4 or better.

Entry requirements, fees and application

Entry requirements
Individuals with a university degree and several years of professional experience. Sur dossier candidates will also be considered (i.e., people with significant work experience but no academic degree).

Program fees are the total cost of the courses selected and vary depending on the elective course chosen. Please refer to the course pages for current prices.
Fees include electronic course materials (excl. textbooks) and final assessment. All participants have the option to pay in full or per course.

All participants can apply on a rolling basis and start with most courses. Visit our website to register for the CAS, DAS, MAS in Sustainable Finance or individual courses

Career opportunities

Participants are primarily professionals in the classic areas of banking and finance, who want to acquire theoretically sound and practical knowledge in the field of Sustainable Finance.
After completing the program, armed with well-founded knowledge of the concepts of Sustainable Finance, graduates will be able to address sustainability aspects in
their work and become agents of change for a more sustainable financial


For course related enquiries please contact:
Finance Weiterbildung
Universität Zürich
Plattenstrasse 14
8032 Zürich

Phone       +41 44 634 40 57

Course Features:

Non-degree Program
Part time
Zurich, Switzerland
1 Year
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