18 months
1350 EUR/year
1350 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Life Sciences at 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

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In the Life Sciences program at  ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences  you are integrated into one of your institute's competence centres as well as the research group that relates to your chosen field. Applied research will be the focus of your studies. Your Master's thesis will contribute to the challenges of our time.

Key facts:

International networks, you will work with modern equipment and methods. Cooperation between the four Swiss universities of applied sciences, ZHAW, BFH, FHNW and HES-SO, allows you to profit from interdisciplinary and intercultural knowledge exchange during the Master's programme.

Programme Structure


  • Food an BeverageInnovation

  • Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

  • Chemistry for the Life Sciences

  • Applied Computational Life Sciences

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English



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


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

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).

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). 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 675 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1350 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 675 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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