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Data Science

A Gateway to Data-Driven Innovation and Discovery in Molecular Life Sciences

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.

New specialisation starting Autumn Semester 2024

At the intersection of cutting edge scientific innovation and industry demand, our Data Science specialisation within the MSc in Life Sciences programme trains students for current and future opportunities in the data-driven life science sector.

Data Science – Career Opportunities
The Data Science specialisation is designed to prepare you for a career in industrial, research, academic and clinical environments. The programme recognizes the growing global significance of data science in the analysis and interpretation of complex biological, chemical and pharmacological data. With the advent of high-throughput technologies and the vast quantities of data they produce, data science has become indispensable to the research and development of new drugs, molecular diagnostics and chemical analysis.

Data Science – Curriculum
The comprehensive curriculum provides extensive IT skills training centred around basic and advanced programming, algorithms, databases and deep learning. The flexibility to pursue specialized electives enables a focus on areas of personal or professional interest. Whether deciphering the language of genes, predicting disease pathways or influencing the next wave of precision medicine, the skills you acquire here will qualify you for key roles in research labs, innovative startups and industry giants.
An integral component of the Data Science specialisation is the eight-month research thesis: an opportunity to engage with practical challenges in an industrial or academic environment. The MSc thesis project is an excellent platform for professional development.

Data Science – Entry Requirements
The MSc in Life Sciences – Data Science is especially suited for students with a BSc in natural science or life sciences who have a strong inclination for mathematics and IT.
For full-time students a start in the autumn semester is highly recommended.


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 an 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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