Admission – what you need to bring with you

Master of Science in Life Sciences

The prerequisite for admission to the MSc degree programme is a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent university qualification.

Direct admission

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).

Candidates with a university or ETH Bachelor’s degree with ETCS grade A or B based on a final mark of at least 5.0 are admitted to the MSc degree programme at a university of applied sciences after completing a practically-related ‘passerelle’, that is, a 6-month internship in their desired area of specialisation.

Candidates who fulfil most, but not all, of the conditions for admission may take a suitability test. This costs CHF 200.-.

Sur Dossier

In consultation with the coordinator(s) of the specialisation, the directors of the study programme decide on the equivalence of other qualifications. Admission ‘sur Dossier’ is possible with appropriate professional experience and prior education in the natural sciences. Admission with a lower mark or grade can also be considered on an individual basis.

Specific admission conditions

Good English and German skills are necessary for all specialisations in the MSc programme. The specialisation Pharmaceutical Biotechnology is taught only in English, for which the required language level is C1. Proof of this level may be asked for.