The changes to the regulations effective from fall semester 2016 (HS16) will give you a number of advantages in relation to the format your studies take and how your skills are presented to the outside world. The overview provided here is also designed as decision guidance if you can choose to complete your studies under the old or the new regulations.
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- More freedom in study formats thanks to major and minor programs
- Your specialization is clearly visible
- New or amended study programs and modules
- New calculation method for the final grade in the Bachelor's program
- Promising prospects on the job market
- What can you do at this stage to prepare for these changes to the regulations?
More freedom in study formats thanks to major and minor programs
The most significant new feature is that you have the opportunity to divide your studies at our Faculty into a major program and a minor program, allowing you to specialize in a field you are particularly interested in.
At Bachelor's level, you can use the minor program as a means of supplementing and enhancing your study program, or to create an initial area of specialization. You have the choice of completing the minor study program either at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics or outside the Faculty. A list of possible minor programs outside the Faculty is available online.
Information on study programs
At Master's level, a minor program will give you the chance to hone your knowledge of a particular specialization and add a highlight to your CV.
Your specialization is clearly visible
Your Academic Record will also give those outside the University a clearer idea of the areas in which you specialized during your studies. This will help you create a more defined profile of yourself and provide a significant advantage on the job market, where specialists are more and more in demand.
New or amended study programs and modules
Another purpose of the changes to the regulations, affecting all the departments, has been to review the existing study programs on offer and identify the areas in which amendments or reorganizations would be worthwhile. Doing so, all degree programs at the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics now allow for the major program being combined with a minor program.
In the Bachelor's degree program in Business and Economics, the existing areas of specialization - Economics, Business Administration, and Banking and Finance - are remaining largely the same and will be in the form of major programs. The Management and Economics specialization is being removed and students who began their studies before HS16 will have to complete it up to HS17.
In the Master's degree program in Business and Economics, the existing areas of specialization - Economics, Business Administration, Banking and Finance, and Management and Economics - are remaining largely the same.
In the Bachelor's degree program in Informatics, five major study programs are available. The existing Information Systems and Software Systems specializations will remain as updated versions, taking the form of major programs. The major programs People-Oriented Computing as well as Computing and Economics are being added. The existing Applied Informatics specialization is being removed and replaced with a new program entitled Informatics with Natural Sciences.
In the Master's degree program in Informatics, five major study programs are available: Information Systems, Software Systems, People-Oriented Computing, Computing and Economics, and Data Science. The existing Multimodal and Cognitive Systems specialization is being removed and students who began their studies before HS16 will have to complete it up to HS17.
You can find the degree programs available from HS16 in the program regulations:
Bachelor's degree program in Business and Economics: from p. 27
Master's degree program in Business and Economics: from p. 30
Bachelor's degree program in Informatics: from p. 34
Master's degree program in Informatics: from p. 38
Details of the changes to the modules on offer, categorized according to levels of study, are available in the guidelines for the transition to the new regulations. You will find all the guidelines that apply to you on the page "How am I affected?".
New calculation method for the final grade in the Bachelor's program
There is a new final grade calculation method that applies specifically to students in a Bachelor's degree program. Previously, assessment-level grades were not counted toward the final degrees in line with the old regulations. Now, however, they are counted toward the final degrees in line with the new regulations.
Promising prospects on the job market
Whether you are completing your degree in line with the old regulations or the new ones, studies in Business and Economics as well as Informatics will open up outstanding job opportunities for you in a whole range of fields.
Its extensive focus on research gives the Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics at the University of Zurich a prestigious profile within the German-speaking world, pushing it to the top of the rankings in many cases. Accordingly, degrees from our Faculty enjoy an excellent reputation among employers.
What can you do at this stage to prepare for these changes to the regulations?
To help you find the quickest and easiest way of obtaining the information on what exactly the changes to the regulations mean for you, there are a few basic things you need to consider.