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Master of Science in Life Sciences - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Therapeutic proteins and antibodies are examples of bioengineered drugs, so-called biopharmaceuticals. They enable diseases to be treated in a completely new way. Biotechnological techniques are now essential tools for medical progress.

Graduate portrait Master's programme in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (1:50 min.)

Why pursue a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology?


From gene to medicine
Recombinant DNA technology allows drugs to be produced from genes. As a professional in pharmaceutical biotechnology, your skillset will relate to the intersection of applied research and commercial application.

The Master's programme lays the groundwork for an international career. You will be a sought-after expert in a growing market, as well as in adjacent fields such as medical diagnostics, process engineering, marketing and sales, product management, food technology, cosmetics and environmental biotechnology.

"Actually, it's only today that I realize how well the course content was aligned with reality."

Joel Varonier, Senior Manager Operations mRNA, Lonza
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Your benefits

Thanks to your master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology you will be able to

Your background

You hold a Bachelor's degree in biotechnology, pharmacy, medical technology or related disciplines (admission with other BSc or MSc degrees may be granted depending on the specific area of expertise)

You are fascinated by research in the field of biopharmaceuticals,  cell therapeutics, tissue engineering, personalized medicine, process development and optimization, bioanalytics and diagnostics, formulation and approval of pharmaceutical research, digitalizationas well as the development and evaluation of new business ideas.

Your programme

You will complete a total of 90 credits (ETCS) to achieve your MSc degree.

You will design your own personal study program together with your thesis supervisor and the head of the specialization. The selected modules are recorded in your individual study agreement (planning). In addition to the modules assigned to the specialization in Pharmaceutical Biotechnolgy, specific modules from the specialisations of Food and Beverage InnovationChemistry for the Life Sciences or Applied Computational Life Sciences can be chosen.

During your Master's thesis, you will be part of a research group working on a project at one of our research institutes or with one of our industrial  partners. You will have to choose the research field and group in which you intend to perform your MSc thesis already at the time when you register for your studies. Together with your thesis supervisor you will then discuss the specific topic for your Master thesis. Please find a list of topics available for master projects here.

Feel free to contact the respective group heads to discuss the possibility to join their research group as master student.

"Biopharmaceuticals are on the rise. Swiss companies and international corporations developing such drugs are looking for qualified specialists. Our graduates of the PBT Master's specialisation are ideally equipped for today's job market and its demanding future tasks."

Dr. Steffi Lehmann, course director at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology

Your new skillset: You will be able to

Researching for practice

By joining a research group of the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, you become part of our creative research environment. You will acquire the working methods most in demand in the industry, but also learn about project management, communication and presentation skills. The practice-oriented research focus of your Master's thesis will strengthen your ability to innovate, change perspectives, and combine entrepreneurial with scientific thinking.
Working in the research group also trains your creativity, initiative and critical thinking abilities.

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