18 months
2104 EUR/year
1240 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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You choose one of the following specialisations for your research-based Master's programme: Innovations in the Food and Beverage Industry, Biotechnology, Chemistry or Applied Computational Life Sciences.

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In the bilingual Master of Science programme, you will be studying at the cutting edge of science and at the heart of society.

The consecutive Master's programme in Life Sciences offered by ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences  prepares you for demanding professional or managerial positions. You will examine a topic of your choice in detail, expand your knowledge and improve your research skills.

The MSc in Life Sciences targets the best BSc graduates, who decide to embark on a Master’s course, are highly motivated, and strive to improve their career perspectives in the private or public sector. It builds on 24 different BSc programmes at the four partner schools, and accepts BSc graduates in Life Sciences from other Swiss universities and from all over the world.

Successful MSLS graduates are equipped to work in responsible positions – or in applied research – for the ‘industry’, that is, private and public sector organisations such as companies, non-governmental organisations and public administration in the field of life sciences. They are prepared to immediately work in a productive way, assume responsibility, critically reflect on their actions, and further develop their capabilities throughout their professional lives. 

In the Master of Science in Life Sciences you benefit from the knowledge and network of the four universities of applied sciences ZHAW, BFH, FHNW and HES-SO.

  • Individual: You can tailor the Master's program to your needs. Modules from different clusters in the fields of Bio / Pharma, Food, Environment, Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering and Computational Science (BECS) can be combined individually.
  • Future-oriented: You adopt competences in "Management, Business and Society" but also in topics that are becoming more and more important in the future, such as "Handling and Understanding Data" (so-called Core Competences).
  • Practical: You are part of a research group at the corresponding institute of the ZHAW in Wädenswil right from the beginning. You are in exchange with students from the other three universities.

Programme Structure


  • Food an BeverageInnovation

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences

  • Applied Computational Life Sciences

Before your studies begin, you decide on your personal educational goals, define the topic of your Master’s thesis, and, together with your supervisor, decide on your individual plan of study from the selection of modules.

The study agreement, a teaching approach that is comprised of independent learning and contact lessons, and modern e-learning technology create a contemporary learning environment with a high degree of flexibility.

The central focus of your studies is the Master's thesis. As part of a research group, you work on a specific issue from the business world or from the field of applied research - often in cooperation with national or international partners.

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English
IELTS or TOEFL needed



One credit point corresponds to 25 – 30 hours of work.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates who have successfully completed a university of applied sciences Bachelor’s degree programme or who have a university of applied sciences diploma (predecessor of the Bachelor’s degree) with an ECTS grade A or B or a grade average of at least 5.0 (Swiss grade system) in one of the following fields of study can start the MSc studies directly in their desired specialisation without additional conditions.
  • Candidates with a degree from a foreign university of applied sciences or higher technical college (HTL) must have a grade average of at least 5.0 (Swiss grade system). They may take a suitability test. This costs CHF 200.00

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2104 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1052 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    1240 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 620 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • CHF 720.00
  • Additional semester fee of CHF 500.00 payable by students legally domiciled outside Switzerland.


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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