MasterLife Sciences (MLS)

Degree awarded

Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences



Industrial Life Sciences

Applied Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences

Food, Consumer Health and Enology


The Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences is offered in cooperation with three other Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences, namely the: Berner Fachhochschule BFH, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW, and Zürcher Fachhochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW. This cooperation enables students to exchange their professional experiences and expand their personal networks. The curriculum is divided into
3 blocks:

  • Central modules related to Entrepreneurial Skills (3 x 4 ECTS credits; one-week blocks in Spiez) and to Advanced Life Science Skills
    (6 x 3 credits; in Bern, for 3 consecutive Thursdays and Fridays);
  • Specialisation Skills related to the particular majors (5 x 4 credits; each major module is 1 day either on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and held in one semester); and the
  • Master’s project including the Research Proposal & Bibliography
    (4 credits), a major project (6 ECTS credits), and the Master’s Thesis itself (30 credits; full-time in the last semester).

Candidates may apply to enroll on a full- (3 semesters), or part-time
(5 semesters) basis. The fulltime schedule is presented below:

1st semester

Major modules

2nd semester

Major modules
3rd semester










Curriculum redesign in 2018

The central modules underwent a revision and redesign. Newly, the central modules are divided into “Core Competences” relevant to all Master students, and “Cluster-specific Modules” relevant to all the specialisations within one cluster. The changes will become effective as of September 2018.

More information can be find in the fact sheet Master of Science in Life Sciences (MSLS) - Curriculum 2018. The module descriptions are available on

Course organisation and fees

3 semesters (full time)
5 semesters (part time)
Registration fees
CHF 150 Bank details
CHF 500/semester (tuition fees)
CHF 250/semester (study costs)
Additional cost for accommodation for the modules in Spiez
The study programme begins in calendar week 38



Professional prospects

The Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences is internationally recognised.

Master graduates will be able to occupy leadership positions in national and international companies as well as in government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

They are heading teams and manage interdisciplinary projects in:

  • Research & Development
  • Quality Management
  • Marketing and Business Managment

Head of the Master Life Sciences
Dr Roger Marti

HES-SO Master
Avenue de Provence 6

CH-1007 Lausanne

T + 41 58 900 01 10



Information for foreign


    • Les admissions pour la rentrée 2018 sont closes. Ouverture des admissions 2019: automne 2018.
  • Für KanditatInnen die ein Visum benötigen sind die Anmeldungen geschlossen.

    HES-SO Rektorat
    Route de Moutier 14
    2800 - Delémont
    T +41 58 900 00 00 - F +41 58 900 00 01