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










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


Registration form


Information for foreign


  • April 30, 2017
For candidates who need a visa the registration is closed
HES-SO Rektorat
Route de Moutier 14
2800 - Delémont
T +41 58 900 00 00 - F +41 58 900 00 01