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Master of Science in Life Sciences - Food and Beverage Innovation

You create innovative solutions for the food and beverage industry. You recognise innovation as a complex process and know how to develop new products and processes effectively, from feedstock to finished product. You are an expert in the fields of technology, food, packaging, supply chain, strategy and design.

The video of the Master's programme in Food and Beverage Innovation: this is how to study at the ZHAW in Wädenswil (2:11 min.)

Why pursue a Master’s degree in Food and Beverage Innovation?

As a Master's graduate, you will have the skillset to analyse and evaluate product-specific and process-related relationships. You will understand the economic and political contexts relevant to your industry. You will be able to think outside the box, move beyond the constraints of disciplinary boundaries and develop innovative, integrative solutions.

This means that you will have excellent career opportunities in various sectors of the food industry, but equally at universities, authorities, and national and international organisations.

"With my Master's studies, I wanted to gain in-depth knowledge in the fields of scientific work and business skills. Together with an industrial partner, I was able to work on a practical issue over a longer period."

Simon Hutter, SAP - Process Champion Product Development at Emmi Group
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Your background

You are fascinated by topics such as: Food trends in general, alternative proteins, vegetable proteins, sustainable food packaging, biopackaging, intelligent packaging, snackification, clean eating, fermentation, food from secondary flows, food safety, food process development, consumer science, food sensor technology, reduction food waste, preventing food loss or food waste, nutritional behavior and needs, resource planning across the entire food supply chain, digitisation in the food sector, or simply food and beverage innovation.  

You hold a Bachelor's degree in: Food technology, food science, ecotrophology, beverage technology or similar (admission with other degrees may be granted at the programme directors' discretion).

Career: Holding a Master's degree in Life Sciences in Food and Beverage Innovation will allow you to...

"Thanks to the modular structure, I was able to tailor my studies to my needs and interests. As a project manager, today I plan and conduct food tastings worldwide. The statistical evaluation of the assessment of certain sensory factors allows my customers to improve their products."

Thorsten Guksch, project manager at SAM Sensory Marketing International GmbH
for video portrait - in German (YouTube)

Good reasons for a Master’s study in Wädenswil

Dr. Sandra Burri

"A desire to learn and an appetite for more will help you move forward. A Master's in our specialisation "Food and Beverage Innovation", will allow you to develop your skillset in a way that is tailored and beneficial to you."

Dr. Sandra Burri, programme director at the Institute for Food and Beverage Innovation

Your new skillset: You will be able to...

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 (planning).

A maximum of 10 ECTS can also be taken in elective modules from the specialisations of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Chemistry for the Life Sciences 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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