Master of Science in Life Sciences - Food and Beverage Innovation

In this Master's programme you deal with innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry. You recognize innovation as a holistic process and develop new products and processes effectively from raw material to delivery. You consider knowledge of technology, food, packaging, supply chain, strategy and design.

Best prospects for a successful future!

«Through the Master's degree, I was able to deepen my professional knowledge even more and to specialize in certain areas. This allows me to work on certain topics not only on the surface, but also on the entire width and depth.»

Melanie Jörg, Product development Pacovis AG

«With the Master's degree, I wanted to develop an in-depth knowledge in the field of scientific work and "business skills". Together with an industrial partner, I was able to deal with a practical issue over a longer period.»

Simon Hutter, Trainee product development at Emmi

«Think outside the box! Where you got the idea from for the solution does not matter if you can apply it to your problem.»

Esther Kokabi, Process Engineer Unilever Schweiz GmbH

Career - Food of the future

As a Master’s graduate, you will have the skills needed to analyse and evaluate product-specific and process engineering relationships, and to understand the broader economic and political contexts in which they take place. You will be able to think beyond the constraints of interdisciplinary boundaries and develop innovative, integrative solutions to problems.

This not only means that you will have excellent job prospects in various sectors of the food industry, but also that you will be a suitable candidate for positions in regulatory authorities, universities, and in both national and international organisations.

Graduate portraits (in German)

Why did former students choose a master degree? What are you doing today?

Esther Kokabi

Melanie Jörg

Simon Hutter

Jens Reineke

Pascal Hürlimann

As a Master's graduate, you will ...

  • actively influence the future of the food industry.
  • be able to sustainably develop products and processes across the entire food value chain and to position them successfully in the market.
  • combine your knowledge of technology, nutrition, packaging, strategy and design to form successful innovative concepts and will be able to take into account additional economic, societal, environmental, nutritional and public health issues.
  • develop creative problem solving approaches and combine entrepreneurial and scientific thinking.
  • be able to plan, implement, evaluate and present large research and development projects.
  • connect science skills with socio-economic skills, and technical skills with social and personal skills to make your future career a lasting success.
  • therefore, be well prepared for the interesting and versatile management tasks required by the food industry, in areas such as product and process development, marketing, interface functions, government agencies and universities.

The programme offers you ...

  • an individually designed Master's programme, which you can complete in 3, 4, 5 or 6 semesters.
  • an attractive mix of modules in research, science, practice and the economy.
  • the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally, and thus to become a sought-after specialist and leader.
  • exciting research projects for your Master's thesis.
  • integration into a research group, in which you can develop your team-working skills, your critical faculties and learn to take the initiative.
  • small classes in the specialisation modules and interactive lessons that you can co-design.
  • our unique FBI-Mentoring Programme.

New from autumn semester 2018

The cooperation modules will be revised and redesigned..

The "Core Competences" provide you with job-oriented skills. The "cluster-specific modules" refer to the chosen specialization and provide you with a wide range of specialist knowledge. The lessons in the cooperation modules will be carried out in autumn 2018 in Olten and Bern.

«Fact sheet on the ReDesign Master in Life Sciences»

At a glance

Degree / Title: Master of  Science (MSc) ZFH in Life Sciences with specialisation in Food and Beverage Innovation
Duration: Full-time 3 semesters, part-time possible (recommendation 4-7 semesters)
Start of studies: twice a year in February (spring semester) and September (autumn semester)
Cooperation: Some modules take place jointly with the universities of applied sciences BFH, FHNW and HES-SO.
Workload: 90 credits (ECTS), one credit point corresponds to 25 – 30 hours of work
Teaching locations: Wädenswil and the Berne region, seminar weeks in Spiez
Language: Englisch
Study fees: CHF 720.00 per semester + additional study-related expenses ...»
Admission requirements / acceptance: University of Applied Sciences Bachelor's degree ...»

Registration deadlines: 30th April and 30th October ...»

Studies – Structure and Content

Master Thesis Food and Beverage Innovation 1
Master Thesis Food and Beverage Innovation 4
Master Thesis Food and Beverage Innovation 2
Master Thesis Food and Beverage Innovation 3

Your studies include three areas of competence plus a Master's thesis, with a total of 90 credits (ETCS).

Before commencing your studies, you will develop, together with the specialisation team and your supervisor, your personal training goals, define the topic for your Master's thesis and create your individual curriculum from the modules on offer.

The selected modules are recorded in your Individual Study Agreement (ISA).

Structure of the study programme
General structure of a full-time Master’s programme. Students determine the actual sequence and focal points themselves.

Master's thesis - 40 credits

The core of your studies. On the basis of research you have carried out, you answer a specific question in this field and work out solutions that are relevant for research, industry and society, often in co-operation with national and international partners. Through the thesis you not only demonstrate your knowledge and skills, but also expand the state of research in your specific field of scientific expertise.

Specialisation Skills- 20 credits

Your scientific studies take place at the ZHAW in Wädenswil: teaching is scheduled on three weekdays (Monday to Wednesday) and other learning activities may occur throughout the week.

Advanced Life Science Skills - 18 credits

You prepare for your later scientific specialisation in six modules on two days per week (Thursday and Friday) at the EHB in Zollikofen. These study weeks are a cooperative venture which you attend together with Master’s students from the BFH, FHNW and HES-SO.

Entrepreneurial Skills - 12 credits

In a total of three seminar weeks at the ABZ in Spiez you learn how to understand and use the interfaces between your technical or scientific core area and the economic an social environment. These weeks are a cooperative venture which you attend together with Master’s  students from the BFH, FHNW and HES-SO.

FBI Mentoring-Programme

During your studies, you will be guided and supported by a specific mentoring programme for the specialisation in Food and Beverage Innovation. You will benefit from optional activities and participate in the mandatory "FBI snack".

Your mentor will act as a supportive contact person throughout your studies and will supervise your Master's thesis. This mentoring programme allows you to focus on your goals and to constantly exchange ideas.


Do you want to make your studies international? The modular structure of the study programme allows you to study abroad for a year or to focus your Master's thesis on a foreign topic.

Study models

The Master's programme in Life Sciences takes 3 full-time semesters and comprises 90 credits (ECTS). This corresponds to a workload of approximately 2,700 hours. This intensive workload requires good planning and organisation.

Part-time study opens up numerous ways to achieve the objectives of the programme - adapted to your personal circumstances and needs. We recommend that students do not engage in any additional professional activities that exceed a maximum workload of 50% of a full-time position. You should consult your specialisation team individually about this matter. For administrative questions, please contact the registrar's office.

How you structure your part-time studies should be discussed and determined before commencement thereof when creating your Individual Study Agreement (ISA).

Researching for Practice

During your studies, you will expand your personal skills profile, in terms of your technical and methodological expertise as well as your self-competence. The focus on the Master's thesis encourages creative approaches to problem solving, re-examination of perspectives and a combination of entrepreneurial and scientific thinking.

Work in the research group will help you develop teamwork skills, initiative, critical thinking and leadership skills We promote independent, research-based learning in small classes with interactive lessons.


Interesting research questions are created with partners from industry and commerce.  Our graduates have already developed interesting, relevant and viable answers and solutions in their work.

Booklet «Student Projects»

Film Master's programme Food and Beverage Innovation

Connect theory with reality! The «Think Tank Day» in the core module «innovation» gives you the unique opportunity, to present your idea to experts from research and industry. Thus you can practice your future role as a developer or entrepreneur to be ready for the next steps of your career in the world of food and beverages!

Brochure Master's programme Food and Beverage Innovation

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