M.Sc. On Campus

Chemical and Bioengineering

ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

18 months
1390 EUR/year
1390 EUR/year
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The basic mission of Chemical and Bioengineering offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is to develop new applications of molecules and biomolecules that will improve the quality of life, and to produce them in quantities and at a cost that allows them to be accessible to all.


  • Optional industry internship instead of the research project to strengthen link to industry.
  • More consistency through adjustment (reduction) of credits for core and elective subjects with reference to Bachelor’s courses. As a consequence, a smaller amount of credits has to be acquired in the category ‘core subject’ in favour of more freedom of choice and therefore an increased possibility of specialization.
  • Deletion of ‘Chemical Engineering Laboratory II’ in favour of an upgrade of the more popular research project (longer duration and more credits).
  • Equalisation and adjustment of credits for research projects in chemistry and chemical and bioengineering to a more realistic scale.
  • Upgrading of the Master’s thesis by extending the duration and increasing credits. Additionally, relativisation of the thesis’ ratio in the final diploma grade which is newly calculated as the weighted average of all grades with the corresponding amount of credits as the weighting factor.
  • Implementation of a new elective category “Economics and Technology Management” to promote competences in the field of economy, leadership, coaching and project management.
  • Scope

    Chemical engineering and bioengineering inhabit an exclusive position at the interface between engineering and molecular science. Intimately connected to the basic sciences such as chemistry, biology and physics – and in association with engineering disciplines such as mechanical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering and computer science – chemical engineering and bioengineering aim to develop new processes and methods for the design, production, transformation and application of existing and novel materials. 


    Students of the Chemical and Bioengineering programme offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology usually complete their studies in three semesters. Compulsory lectures are offered in the core subject areas of Biochemical engineering, Product and Materials, Process Design, Catalysis and Separation. Core lectures are supplemented by an extensive variety of elective lecture courses. In addition to lectures, a significant amount of time is spent in the laboratory where theoretical concepts are applied to real-​world problems in the form of both experiments and simulations. First hand experience of world-​leading research is obtained through a seven-​week research project or an industry internship, case studies in process design and a five-​month Master's thesis. Each are performed in one of the various research groups that reside within the Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering. A significant number of our graduating students continue their studies towards a doctoral degree, with the vast majority of those remaining taking up industrial positions (mainly in the chemical and biotechnology sectors).

    Programme Structure

    Courses included:

    • Biochemical Engineering
    • Products and Material
    • Process Design
    • Catalysis and Separation
    Compulsory elective subjects include a broad spectrum of advanced topics in biochemical engineering, environment and energy, systems and process engineering, modeling and simulations and economics and technology management. Students may also take as compulsory elective subjects core subjects as long as they have not taken them as such.

    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

    For admission to the degree programme one of the following is required:

    • a university Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering comprising at least 180 ECTS(1 credits (credits) or an equivalent university degree in Chemical Engineering
    • a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering from a Swiss university of applied sciences(2 comprising 180 credits
    • a university Bachelor’s degree comprising at least 180 credits, an equivalent university degree, or a Bachelor’s degree from a Swiss university of applied sciences comprising at least 180 credits in a discipline of the Natural Sciences or Engineering (in particular Biochemical or Process Engineering) which – also with regard to any additional academic requirements within the given framework 

    Tuition Fee

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    • International

      1390 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 18 months.
    • National

      1390 EUR/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 18 months.
      • tuition fee: CHF 730 per 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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