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Chemical Engineering

Become an expert in Chemical Engineering

Key data

Master of Science in Life Sciences
Study mode
Double-Degree with foreign University optional
ECTS points
Studying mode
Full-time and part-time
School days
Monday to Friday
Teaching language
Muttenz (Basel-Land)
Stay abroad
Application fee
CHF 200


The deadline for applications for the autumn semester is 30 April of the relevant year and 30 November for the spring semester.

Chemical Engineering – Career Opportunities
Climate change, raw material scarcity, digitalization, and renewable materials instead of fossil fuels as the basis for platform chemicals, are major global challenges. These challenges require processes which are sustainable, robust, well-engineered and rapidly available. Finding solutions requires highly trained specialists with sound scientific knowledge and the ability to develop, implement and successfully operate new processes.

Chemical Engineering – Curriculum
Students specialising in Chemical Engineering are offered a tailored training program: in addition to in-depth elements of (bio)chemistry, pharmaceutical and environmental engineering, the course emphasises aspects of safety engineering, sustainability, process development and optimisation. The tension between what is possible and what is necessary and feasible is resolved in special courses and in group work. Modern simulation and calculation tools, and the use of real-time data from innovative measurement techniques for process control and development complete the training.
Modules from related specialisations, in particular Biotechnology, Analytical Chemistry, Organic and Supramolecular Chemistry, and Environmental Technology complement the specific courses. This broad range of specialised and generic modules allows each student to create an individually tailored study programme.
Students may also study an take an extra semester at a foreign partner university, allowing them to gain an additional degree (Double Degree option, see p. 21 for details).
The MSc includes an eight month thesis; this can be done at the research, development or manufacturing facility of one of our industrial partners, or with a partner at the FHNW’s new process technology centre (PTC), with its outstanding facilities for investigating disruptive technologies and complete processes. The thesis opens the door to successful employment in industry or in academia. Students have an outstanding preparation for challenges awaiting them in their careers in R&D, engineering and production, and can access a wide range of fascinating jobs whose requirement profiles closely match their qualifications.

Chemical Engineering – Entry Requirements
The MSc in Life Sciences – Chemical Engineering is especially suited for students with a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering or related fields.

Details of the Master's programme


Graduates with an excellent Bachelor's degree are admitted directly if they:

  • hold a Bachelor's degree in a related technical field from a university of applied sciences with a mark of A, B or ≥ 5 or an equivalent mark (≥ good)
  • or demonstrate an equivalent background (BSc) and practical experience
  • and have excellent English skills.

Prospective students who meet most but not all of the entry requirements are invited to interview.

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FHNW School of Life Sciences

FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland School of Life Sciences Hofackerstrasse 30 CH - 4132 Muttenz
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