Learn for the future. Practical, relevant studies with prospects for success.
The application deadline for the start of studies in autumn 2020 has been extended to 31 July 2020 for all study programmes.
The ZHAW is one of Switzerland's leading universities of applied sciences. Our university works application-oriented and scientifically in teaching, research, further education, services and consulting. The ZHAW is a member of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZFH).
Studying in Wädenswil
The Department of Life Sciences and Facility Management (LSFM) is located in Wädenswil on the left bank of Lake Zurich. It teaches and conducts research in the fields of environment, nutrition / food, health and society. The range of education and training includes five bachelor's degree programmes, three master's degree programmes and a broad continuing education programme. Around 1500 students are currently enrolled in Wädenswil.
A close cooperation with external clients ensures the transfer of knowledge and technology between university and practice. Our devices and equipment are state of the art. Modern laboratories, testing and production facilities enable competent processing of application-oriented research and development projects. You will profit from this in your studies!
Thanks to its unique location in the countryside, the university offers a stimulating teaching and learning atmosphere. In addition to studying, a variety of cultural and sporting leisure activities provide a balance. The small town of Wädenswil has good transport connections and is only 20 km from the economic and trendy metropolis of Zurich.
Bachelor's degree programmes
Learn for the future!
A Bachelor's degree in biotechnology, chemistry, food technology, environmental engineering or facility management provides current, in-depth knowledge of nutrition, health, society and the environment.
The degree programmes prepare you practically for challenges in the industries of the future.
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- Bachelor of Science ZFH in Biotechnology
Specialisation in Biotechnology or Pharmaceutical Technology
- Bachelor of Science ZFH in Chemistry
Specialisation in Chemistry or Biological Chemistry
- Bachelor of Science ZFH in Food Technology
Specialisation in Food Technology, Beverage Technology or Nutrition
- Bachelor of Science ZFH in Natural Resource Sciences
Specialisation in Organic Agriculture and Horticulture, Renewable Energies and Ecological Engineering, Environmental Systems and Sustainable Development, Nature Management or Urban Ecosystems
- Bachelor of Science ZFH in Facility Management
Specialisation in Real Estate, Building Systems, Workplace, Services and Events
- Practice-integrated programme in Chemistry or Biotechnology
The majority of classes in the Bachelor's programmes are taught in German, however the Bachelor in Natural Resource Sciences is partly taught in English.
As a visiting student, you need a language level of B2 in the language in which your programme is taught.
Master's degree programmes
Help your career
The consecutive Master's degree in Life Sciences, Facility Management or Environment and Natural Resources prepares you for demanding professional or managerial positions. Master's graduates are highly sought-after and provide essential expertise.
In the research-based Master’s degree programme, you systematically deepen the understanding of your subject and expand your scientific methods and skills. In your specialisation you are part of your institute’s centre of excellence and of your chosen research group.
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- Master of Science ZFH in Life Sciences
Specialisation in Applied Computational Life Sciences, Food an Beverage Innovation, Pharmaceutical Biotechnology or Chemistry for the Life Sciences
- Master of Science ZFH in Environment and Natural Resources
Main focus on Agrofoodsystems, Biodiversity & Ecosystems or Ecological Engineering
- Master of Science ZFH in Facility Management
The majority of classes in the Master's programmes are taught in English. As a visiting student, you need a language level of B2 in the language in which your programme is taught.