The Master programmes at the ZHAW Life Sciences and Facility Management
Study at the cutting edge of science, with a strong awareness of society's most pressing concerns. With your Master's thesis, you will contribute to addressing the challenges of our time and become a sought-after professional, entrusted with managerial responsibilities.
The master's programme with the academic degree "Master of Science" prepare you for demanding professional or managerial positions. You can specialise in a subject area, work on research projects and improve your scientific methods and skills. From the very beginning, you will be part of the creative research environment in one of our institutes. In your Master's thesis, you will flesh out your area of expertise and combine scientific and entrepreneurial thinking.
Before you start your studies, you will work out your individual study plan with your supervisor, discuss and determine your educational goals and the topic of your Master's thesis. During your studies, you will acquire the new working methods that are in demand in industry, as well as project management, communication and presentation skills. The program lasts three semesters in full-time study. Part-time study is possible.
Specific skills in data management, modeling and simulation are becoming increasingly important. Algorithms, machine learning, pattern recognition are just a few relevant keywords. Masters with this specialization are increasingly in demand and work, for example, as specialists or managers in the fields of bioinformatics and simulation.
In the life sciences, competencies from chemistry, biochemistry, bioanalytics, green chemistry, material sciences and nanotechnology are in demand. Masters in this specialization cover this area and are in demand in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, but also in companies in the food industry and biotechnology.
Changing consumer behavior and social changes constantly require new solutions in the food and beverage sector. Innovations have to be designed and products and processes have to be developed sustainably. With a master's degree in this specialization, you will enter an exciting field of activity.
Many drugs today are based on active ingredients developed and commercially produced in complex biotechnological processes. Masters in this specialization are in demand in growing national and international markets. These include, for example, antibody and vaccine production, development of gene and cell therapeutics, and medical diagnostics.
The specialists trained in the new master's program develop solutions to effectively counter the growing climate problem and the scarcity of resources, taking socio-economic aspects into account. The main competence of the graduates lies in the regenerative design of agro-food systems - by initiating, developing and implementing interdisciplinary and innovative business models.
From the fall semester of 2022, the unique program in Switzerland will start under the title "Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management". It qualifies you for management positions in the strategic areas of responsibility in real estate and facility management. You will work in the real estate industry or support the core processes of a company and contribute to the sustainable achievement of organizational goals.
The master's programme Environment and Natural Resources trains environmental experts and sustainability specialists who use their knowledge to drive the urgently needed transformations and innovations towards a sustainable society. You specialize in topics such as agroecology and food systems, biodiversity and ecosystems, or ecological engineering and renewable energy.
The study program at a glance
Title: Master of Science ZFH in (Field of study)
Work load: 90 credits (ECTS)
Duration: 3 semesters in full-time; part-time possible
Start of studies: Week 38 (mid-September), for Life Sciences additionally week 8 (mid-February)
Study fees: CHF 720.00 per semester + additional expenses related to studies
Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree or equivalent in a field related to the field of study.