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Master of Science in Life Sciences - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Therapeutic proteins and antibodies are examples of bioengineered drugs, so-called biopharmaceuticals. They enable diseases to be treated in a completely new way. Biotechnological techniques are now essential tools for medical progress.

The video of the Master's programme in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology: this is how to study at the ZHAW in Wädenswil (5:16 min)

Why pursue a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology?

Career - from gene to medicine

Recombinant DNA technology allows drugs to be produced from genes. As a professional in pharmaceutical biotechnology, your skillset will relate to the intersection of applied research and commercial application.

The Master's programme lays the groundwork for an international career. You will be a sought-after expert in a growing market, as well as in adjacent fields such as medical diagnostics, process engineering, marketing and sales, product management, food technology, cosmetics and environmental biotechnology.

"I wrote my Master's thesis in pharmaceutical technology on the topic of "Formulation and characterisation of topical semi-solid dosage forms of interleukin-1α". For a cosmetics company, I studied the effect of IL-1α in skin models, and demonstrated a way to keep the protein stable in a cosmetic dosage form."

Melanie Huber, MSL (Medical Science Liaison), AbbVie AG
read more - in German (PDF 1,3 MB)

Your background

You are fascinated by topics such as: Bio- and cell therapeutics, tissue engineering, personalized medicine, process development and optimization, bioanalytics and diagnostics, formulation and approval of pharmaceutical research, digitisation as well as the development and evaluation of new business ideas.  

You hold a Bachelor's degree in: Biotechnology, pharmacy, medical technology or related disciplines (admission with other degrees may be granted at the programme directors' discretion).

Career: Holding a Master's degree in Life Sciences in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology will allow you to...

"The master's degree opened the door for me to interesting and challenging positions in pharmaceutical biotechnology."

Britta Manser, Scientific Laboratory Support Team, Pall Life Sciences
read more - in German (PDF 3,3 MB)

Good reasons for a Master’s study in Wädenswil

"Biopharmaceuticals are on the rise. Swiss companies and international corporations developing such drugs are looking for qualified specialists. Our graduates of the PBT Master's specialisation are ideally equipped for today's job market and its demanding future tasks."

Prof. Dr. Regine Eibl-Schindler, course director at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology

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 Food and Beverage Innovation, Chemistry for the Life Sciences or Applied Computational Life Sciences.

Researching for practice

By joining a research group of the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology, you become part of our creative research environment. You will acquire the working methods most in demand in the industry, but also learn about project management, communication and presentation skills. The practice-oriented research focus of your Master's thesis will strengthen your ability to innovate, change perspectives, and combine entrepreneurial with scientific thinking.

Working in the research group also trains your creativity, initiative and critical thinking abilities.

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