MSc in Molecular Technologies (Chemistry, Bioanalytics)

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.

Molecular Technologies

Synthesis and analysis of active compounds and biological systems

The major in Molecular Technologies is aimed at graduates in chemistry, bioanalysis and biotechnology.

Students enrolled in the Molecular Technologies major will become experts in synthetic chemical and analytical issues. Subjects covered range from the analysis and structural elucidation of substances to the design and application of molecular and cellular assays in high-throughput settings. Students will also acquire competencies to design and optimize synthetic routes and scale-up organic synthesis using chemical engineering approaches. In addition, courses deal with sustainable production and with environmental protection technologies.

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 Molecular 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 2020
3 semesters
700 CHF
for EU/CH; CHF 5,000 for international
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