Life Sciences - Food, Nutrition and Health, M.Sc. | Bern University of Applied Sciences | Bern, Switzerland
M.Sc. On Campus

Life Sciences - Food, Nutrition and Health

18 months
1824 EUR/year
1440 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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As a student of this degree programme in Life Sciences - Food, Nutrition and Health at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, you will engage with cutting-edge issues at the intersection of food and nutritional sciences and develop specific expertise along the entire value chain.


This degree programme in Life Sciences - Food, Nutrition and Health at the Bern University of Applied Sciences trains you in established methodologies and equips you for the challenges of food production and human nutrition. It provides you with insider access to the food and nutrition industries, by means of guest lectures, excursions and case studies.

The market for speciality foods is booming, opening new opportunities for development in the food industry. Meanwhile, more people are struggling with food intolerance now than ever before. Topics such as food waste and natural resource consumption are also entering the public debate. Acquire the expert skills you will need to bridge the gap between what consumers and society want and what is technically feasible.

Career prospects

This interdisciplinary master’s programme will prepare you for research and management positions in the Swiss food and nutrition industry. You will also be qualified for challenging positions in multinational food companies or international organisations dealing with nutrition.

Possible employers or management positions after graduating from this programme include:

  • product development and research in the food industry 
  • public and private research institutions
  • speciality food producers
  • nutritional advisory services of supermarket chains or food manufacturers
  • NGOs, charities and projects concerned with nutritional issues
  • nutritional consultant in international organisations
  • food and nutrition areas of public administration
  • independent consultancy practices

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Food Quality and Safety from Farm to Fork
  • Food Regulation and Consumer Perception
  • Technology meets Nutrition
  • Food for Specific Target Groups
  • Bioactive Food Ingredients
  • Public Health Nutrition
  • Current Issues in Food, Nutrition and Health 
  • Progresses in Food Processing
  • Nutrition and Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
  • Foodomics
  • Sustainable Sourcing, Processing and Tracing of Food

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Registrations after these dates will be considered up to 31 July (autumn start) or 31 December (spring start) if places are available.






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • To be accepted onto this master’s degree programme, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university of applied sciences in Food Technology or Nutrition and Dietetics with an overall mark of at least 5.0.
  • Candidates who have an equivalent previous education and professional experience will also be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. The Head of Degree Programme reviews and determines the equivalence of your previous education and professional experience.
  • The language of instruction is English. You must demonstrate competence in English, with a minimum requirement of level B2 of the European Language Portfolio. You may write your master’s thesis in German or French (or in Italian or Spanish, by request).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1824 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 912 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1440 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 720 EUR per semester during 18 months.
    • National: CHF 750
    • International: CHF 950

Living costs for Bern

1655 - 2130 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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