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Master of Science in Life Sciences - Chemistry for the Life Sciences

In the life sciences, competencies from the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, (bio)analysis, green chemistry, materials science, and nanotechnology are required. This is where you, as a specialist, can bring your expertise to bear.

The video of the Master's programme in Chemistry for the Life Sciences: this is how to study at the ZHAW in Wädenswil (5:44 min)

Why pursue a Master’s degree in Chemistry for the Life Sciences?

Symbiosis of chemistry, biochemistry and nanotechnology

After completing your Master's degree, you will have the best career opportunities and find yourself in a leading position on the job market thanks to both your broad and specialized knowledge.

Areas of application include not only the traditional sectors represented by the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, but also the food industry and biotechnology companies.

Career: Holding a Master's degree in Life Sciences in Chemistry for the Life Sciences will allow you to...

"Thanks to my Master’s studies, I found a very exciting and multi-faceted job in a great working environment."

Mathias Schilling, Systems Engineer, Metrohm AG

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Good reasons for a Master’s study in Wädenswil

Study programme and course content

"Chemistry is an essential interface between biology and physics. Consequently, it has many potential areas of application, ranging from product and device development to the analysis of substances or active processes or quality control. Without chemistry, there would be no life; and without you, there will be no innovative chemical research and development."

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Stohner, programme director at the Institute for Chemistry and Biotechnology

Structure master study

The picture above shows the general structure of a full-time Master's programme. Students design their own study paths and choose their own focal points.

Together with your supervisor, you design your own individual study plan from the range of compulsory and elective modules. The selected modules are recorded in your individual study agreement ISA (DOC 489,5 KB).

A maximum of 10 ECTS can also be taken in elective modules from the specialisations of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Food and Beverage Innovation or Applied Computational Life Sciences.

Researching for practice

During your studies, you will expand your personal skillset not only in terms of technical expertise and methodology, but also in terms of self-management. The practice-oriented focus of the Master's thesis encourages creative problem solving, a reevaluation of perspectives and a combination of entrepreneurial and scientific thinking.

The work in your research group will not only help you develop your initiative and critical thinking abilities, but also your teamwork and leadership skills. We promote inductive, inquiry-based learning in small classes with interactive learning activities such as group work and presentations.

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