Shaping the Future since 1833


The Faculty of Science  (MNF) is one of the University of Zurich’s seven faculties.

Currently just under 4,800 young people are studying enrolled students at MNF. Within the University of Zurich (UZH) MNF has the highest growth in student numbers in recent years – indicating the high societal significance of natural sciences. MNF comprises thirteen departments/institutes of its own, eight institutes run jointly with other faculties and universities, and three associated institutes.

With 199 professors from 30 countries, cutting-edge research is conducted at MNF and in diverse national and international research networks . Key national research partners include the Faculty of Medicine at UZH, ETH Zurich, the Eawag - Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, the Empa Materials Science and Technology, the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, and CERN in Geneva.

MNF works closely with companies from business and industry, particularly in the fields of drug and software development. Numerous MNF spin-offs attest to the social and economic relevance of MNF research. 

Through its museums, the Botanical Garden, the Science Exploratorium UZH and the Science Lab, MNF is committed to knowledge transfer, thus bringing enthusiasm for science and mathematics to the public.