Bachelor's degree Materials and Process Engineering

"Thanks to my studies, I speak the same ‘chemical’ language as my laboratory colleagues. The technical breadth of my courses formed a good basis for my subsequent specialisation. I still benefit today from the structured activities which challenged and motivated me as part of the project work."

Raffael Bollag, Materials and Process Engineering graduate, head of Quality and Process Engineering at BWB-Altenrhein AG

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Good reasons to study Materials and Process Engineering

  • A study programme developed together with industry
  • Cooperation with more than 100 leading companies in Switzerland
  • State-of-the-art laboratories
  • Inclusion in the research activities of the institutes
  • Excellent career prospects

      At a glance

      Title: Bachelor of Science ZFH in Materials and Process Engineering with major in Process Engineering

      Workload: 180 ECTS-Credits

      Duration: 6 Semester

      Study model: full-time study, practice-integrated Bachelor programme

      Start of Program: Autumn

      Application deadline: 30. April

      Location: Winterthur

      Language of Instruction: German

      Semester Fee: CHF 720 per Semester + additional study costs

      Graduate programmes: Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)

      Curriculum content bachelor's degree Materials and Process Engineering

      In today's world, new materials and processes are often the key to innovation. Around 70 percent of all new products are based on new materials and processes.

      The manufacturing processes of products made from high-tech materials are demanding and require not only solid knowledge of the materials themselves, but also comprehensive knowledge of process engineering. Conversely, the development of new processes and systems not only requires the application of process engineering but also an in-depth understanding of material properties. The two disciplines of process engineering and material technology are therefore merged in modern engineering tasks.

      Materials and process engineering offers diverse contents, modern topics and technologies and numerous interfaces to global and scientific megatrends such as energy, mobility or health.

      A high demand for qualified professionals with in-depth knowledge of materials and process engineering exists in the fields of mechanical engineering, plastics technology, micro and nano technologies, chemistry, optics, the packaging industry, the automotive industry, medical technology, energy technology, solar technology, aerospace and other engineering fields.

      The unique and practical Swiss-wide study programme is designed to meet the challenges and needs of the economy and thus provides the optimal conditions for later professional activity.

      Study models

      The Bachelor programme is offered as a full-time programme with a duration of three years.

      We offer the Practice-Integrated Bachelor programme for secondary-school graduates that combines internships and lectures in a four-year model.

      There are further opportunities available, such as completing an exchange semester at a partner university during the Bachelor programme. International exposure as part of a study programme improves not only career prospects but also expands cultural horizons.

      Internship before starting the Bachelor programme

      Candidates holding a school leaving certificate must provide evidence of completing a professional intern-ship of at least 12 months (with full-time hours) before starting the study programme (exception: Practice-Integrated Bachelor programme). The internship will provide you with the following experiences and skills:

      • Interns will have the opportunity to become acquainted with the working world in a laboratory or company, in-cluding such things as: research & development, quality assurance, production, occupational safety, envi-ronmental protection and much more.
      • You will carry out practical tasks in the areas mentioned above.
      • You will be able to interpret process flowcharts correctly and compile them on your own and you will become acquainted with tolerance systems, standards and standardised components.
      • You will learn how to use technical equipment such as measurement devices and laboratory and factory equipment.
      • You will realise the importance of efficient, punctual work performance.

      Search for internship positions

      You will search for your own internship position. Please contact the internship advisor for more information.

      Please mention in your application that you want to complete an internship in order to be able to study at the ZHAW School of Engineering.

      Potential internship companies are large industrial op-erations, engineering offices (development or design engineering companies) and innovative start-ups.

      Practical relevance

      Our Materials and Process Engineering degree programme will guarantee you a high level of practical relevance. You will work on practical tasks as early as the first semester. You will benefit from the close association of the study programme with the Institute of Materials and Process Engineering (IMPE) as well as with other institutes and centres of the School of Engineering.

      The lecturers work on interdisciplinary research and development projects in collaboration with industrial and economic partners. The results of this collaboration are continually incorporated into the teaching. In the project work and Bachelor thesis at the end of your studies, you deal independently with current topics and problems, usually in close collaboration with a company.