MSc in Environmental Technologies

Qualified experts for the growing life sciences market.

The MSc study programme gives graduates specialist knowledge enabling them to integrate quickly and effectively into the global industrial life sciences sector and to plan their next career step. MSc graduates in life sciences have a broad training and in-depth knowledge, combined with ample practical experience. During the eight months of their MSc thesis, they have demonstrated that they can work independently on demanding projects.

Environmental Technologies

Applied environmental science and technology

The Major in Environmental Technologies deals with applied technologies and strategies in the areas of water and waste management. This includes the optimization of the process, material and energy flow with the aim of minimizing harmful emissions into the environment. The technologies covered are based inter alia on biotechnological processes and on membrane technology, for example, in water treatment and environmental remediation. Principles to develop sustainable water use cycles, as well as the assessment of treatment effectiveness and efficiency of chemical and biological methods, are part of the programme. In the context of environmental protection in the industry, the concepts of clean technologies (CT) and integrated product policy (IPP) will be studied, including aspects such as eco-efficiency of processes and utilisation of waste streams as secondary resources. The students will also learn to perform technology-related environmental risk assessments and mitigation measure planning.

Start and Duration of Programme

The studies start in the autumn semester (calendar week 38). It is also possible to start the studies in spring (calendar week 8). The full-time study programme lasts three semesters. Part-time study is possible. Following consultation with the study advisor, it may be possible to complete part of the studies at a foreign institute of higher education.


As a rule, outstanding bachelor’s degree qualifications are accepted for the Master programme. The programme is entirely in English. This requires that besides the technical and scientific skills the applicants must be able to read scientific articles and books, to follow the lectures, to participate in discussions and be able to write the thesis in English on their own.


Successful completion of the course (MSc in Environmental Technologies) leads to the award of the prestigious title "Master of Science", recognised around the world.

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This course is Campus based
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Feb. 2019
3 semesters
700 CHF
for EU/CH; CHF 5,000 for international
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