M.Sc. On Campus

Pharmaceutical Sciences

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

18 months
662 EUR/year
662 EUR/year
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This new Pharmaceutical Sciences Master's degree programme offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology prepares students for a career in academia or in the pharmaceutical industry. 



The outstanding feature is that the three semester Master's programme combines a thorough scientific education with industry-​specific training. Students acquire in-​depth knowledge in various fields of Pharmaceutical Sciences and gain scientific skills and insight into drug development prozess.

It addresses talented and highly motivated students with a Bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical sciences, the health sciences, biology or biomedicine.

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is one of the leading universities of technology and natural sciences. The scientific courses within the programme are taught by faculty members of the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Industry-​specific subjects are covered by experts from the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry ranks among the most innovative and profitable sectors of the Swiss economy.

In the year 2007, ETH Zurich introduced the Master's degree programme in Medicinal and Industrial Pharmaceutical Sciences MIPS. The programme was totally revised and started in 2017 under the new name MSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

What does the new Pharmaceutical Sciences programme offer?

  • in-​depth knowledge of the drug development process and insight into working areas in the pharmaceutical industry
  • a strong focus on practical work in an academic or industrial environment
  • an ideal preparation for PhD studies in pharmaceutical or (bio)medical research
  • an individually tailored curriculum supported by a turoring system (high proportion of elective courses; 22/90 ECTS)
  • practical training in world-​leading ETH research groups in the fields of pharmaceutical sciences
  • training by experts from academia AND industry
  • trainings in interdisciplinary skills which prepare students for future professional activities in industry as well as in academic research (e.g. scientific writing, biostatistics, ethics, project management)

Programme Structure

  • Compulsory subjects, electives and a research project
  • Compulsory modules and industry internship or a second research project
    • Master's thesis (6 months)

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 18 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    90 ECTS


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

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

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    The main requirements are:

  • Degree qualifications University Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent university degree, in Pharmaceutical Sciences or adjacent field comprising at least 180 ECTS credits
  • Academic prerequisites Basic knowledge in natural sciences: 74 ECTS Subjects-​specific knowledge in Pharmaceutical Sciences: 15 ECTS Practical laboratory knowledge/skills: 24 ECTS
  • Language prerequisites Certificate for knowledge of English on level C1
  • Tuition Fee

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    • International

      662 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 662 EUR per year during 18 months.
    • National

      662 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 662 EUR per year during 18 months.
    • Tuition fee: CHF 730/Semester

    Living costs for Zürich

    1920 - 2572 CHF /month
    Living costs

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


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