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Studying Master of Science

The Master of Science (M.Sc.) refers to a postgraduate academic master's degree and is nowadays awarded by most European universities as well as universities world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus.

The study duration of a Master's programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered. According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved.

A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. In order to receive a Master of Science, the completion of a scientific thesis as part of the Master studies is required in most of the cases. The Master of Science (M. Sc.) is mainly awarded to students of universities in the areas of natural sciences, humanities (i.e. social sciences), business sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics and informatics.

Studying in Switzerland

Switzerland is a federal Republic in western Europe. It comprises 26 cantons and has four official languages: German (predominant), French, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is not member of the European Union and has the swiss franc as currency. It is the country with the highest wealth per adult in the world.

237 Master of Science Master's degrees in Switzerland

M.Sc. Life Sciences

In the bilingual Master of Science in Life Sciences programme offered at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, you will be studying at the cutting edge of science and at the heart of society. 

Life Sciences und Facility Management
M.Sc. Banking and Finance

The MSc in Banking and Finance is offered by the Faculty of Economics of the Università Della Svizzera Italiana Lugano. This full-time study programme comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.

Faculty of Economics
M.Sc. Experimental Biomedical Research

The Specialized Master of Science in Experimental Biomedical Research provides opportunities for a broad learning experience in the area of biomedicine. At the Universität Freiburg / Université de Fribourg, this programme emphasizes research training and acquisition of practical skills that will enhance the students' capacity to take on a future employment and/or develop a career in research.

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Faculté des sciences
M.Sc. Physiotherapy

Extend your clinical and academic skills with the federally accredited joint degree programme Master of Science in Physiotherapy (MScPT) at Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

M.Sc. Plant Sciences

The PSC, in coordination with the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich, offers students the choice of two specialized Master's course modules and more than 100 plant science courses from the three universities.

Plant Science Center Zurich-Basel
M.Sc. Traceology and Crime Analysis

The Master of Science in Traceology and Crime Analysis teaches students interrelated skills in criminology and forensic science necessary for the use of traces in the analysis, prevention and management of a range of criminal phenomena.

M.Sc. Life Sciences: Plant Sciences

This degree course is a specialization of the Master’s degree course Life Science (fast Track). The Fast Track Master’s program in life sciences is open to all students with an excellent Bachelor’s degree in biology or related natural sciences.

M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering

Building up on a thorough and multidisciplinary preliminary curriculum, the teaching provided within the Mechanical Engineering Master's curriculum remains at a general level, while offering specialization opportunities. It thus provides preparation both to careers in the private sector and to scientific research activities.

School of Engineering
M.Sc. Environmental Geosciences

Human activities are a regular cause of imbalances in natural systems and the societies that depend upon them, on the local, regional or global scale. Understanding the underlying physical, chemical and biological processes is essential for resolving contemporary environmental problems.

Geosciences and Environment
M.Sc. Business and Economics

The master's degree program serves to extend the business administration and economic knowledge acquired at bachelor's degree level.

Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.Sc. Facility Management

The Institute for Facility Management (IFM) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is the only university in Switzerland to offer a Master of Science in Facility Management. The course builds on the Bachelor of Science in Facility Management but is also open to applicants with degrees in FM-related subjects such as architecture, construction engineering, business management, building services engineering or hospitality.

Institute of Facility Management (IFM)
M.Sc. Psychology

Currently there are three specializations at the Department of Psychology, University of Basel: Clinical psychology and neuroscience, Social economic and decision psychology, Personality and developmental psychology.

Fakultät für Psychologie
M.Sc. Chemical Biology

The mission of our National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) «Chemical Biology – Visualisation and Control of Biological Processes Using Chemistry» is to use chemistry tools to obtain a better understanding of life at the molecular level.

M.Sc. Civil Engineering

The welfare of a society has always been and still is strongly related with the development of infrastructures to satisfy the needs of food, water, energy, transportation and housing, as well as the protection against natural disasters under the constraints of sustainability and protection of the environment.

School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering
M.Sc. Quantitative Finance

This study program offers a specialization both in the basic economic principles of finance as well as in the application of probability theory, stochastic theory and numerical analysis in finance. The course generally takes three semesters and comprises 90 ECTS credits

M.Sc. Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing degree course expands and deepens the professional and methodical skills acquired at the Bachelor level, and additionally offers in-depth specialist nursing training. Students will learn how to develop various approaches and models in solving highly complex problem situations based on practical nursing, will realise research work and initiate and direct all-inclusive projects.

Bern University of Applied Sciences - Health
M.Sc. Molecular Life Sciences

Molecular Life Science research in Bern is particularly strong in the fields of Host-Pathogen Interactions/Molecular Parasitology, RNA Biology and Membrane Biochemistry, but many other research projects exist and offer opportunities for students to do their MSc or PhD theses.

Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.Sc. Statistics

Evidently, statistical methodology and applications are indispensable. Training in Statistics must combine experimental, practical and theoretical aspects. The Master’s degree in Statistics is particularly designed to equip students with these vital skills. The programme provides a solid training in statistical theory and applied methods in practical experience.

M.Sc. Geography: Geographic Information Science

Geography studies the processes that alter and shape the world we live in. Geographers aim to understand reciprocal influences and dependencies in their field, they document change, formulate scenarios and develop sustainable plans of action for the future. This includes examining both physical processes and the interplay between humans and the environment.

M.Sc. Geology

The Master in Geology is an advanced programme in Earth Sciences that combines basic science and practical applications. It is a joint programme of the University of Geneva and the University of Lausanne’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences (Ecole lémanique des sciences de la Terre - ELSTE), and provides vast academic and practical expertise covering most branches of the Earth sciences.

M.Sc. Plant Sciences (PSC)

The PSC, in coordination with the University of Zurich, the University of Basel and ETH Zurich, offers students the choice of two specialized Master's course modules and more than 100 plant science courses from the three universities. Students may build these courses into their personally-tailored curriculum, counting them towards degree completion requirements at their home university.

Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center
M.Sc. Computational Science

The Master of Science degree in Computational Science (MCS) at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) offers students the opportunity to acquire an in-depth understanding and set of skills in computational science, numerical simulation, applied mathematics, statistics, and data science.

M.Sc. Biology: Human Biology

The integration of a detailed knowledge of genes and cells in a comprehensive understanding of the complex functions of an organ and the entire body is the goal of the Master's degree program.

M.Sc. International and Sustainable Finance

The Master of Science in International and Sustainable Finance (MISF) at Business School Lausanne, Switzerland, equips you with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in the fast-paced financial sector of investment, trade and services, as well as for the dynamic business and corporate environment.

Business Education
M.Sc. Infection Biology

The MSc programme in Infection Biology at the University of Basel is run by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an internationally recognized centre for international health. The thesis work - which extends over a whole year - is usually embedded in a research project in one of the Swiss TPH Units, normally within the Department of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology

M.Sc. Economics

This Master program at the University of Bern expands the knowledge students have attained at the Bachelor level and addresses selected topics in various areas. The Master program is more specialized than the Bachelor program, while also offering a relatively broad-based education.

Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.Sc. Management - Subject Area Management of Technology

The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and the Université de Lausanne (UNIL-HEC) offer a joint program: “Executive MBA in Management of Technology" - MoT. The overall objective is to enable professionals, who are concerned with innovation and entrepreneurship, to develop the skills they will need to foster the creation of new ventures.

Faculty of Business and Economics (HEC Lausanne)
M.Sc. Chemistry and Molecular Sciences

Chemistry teaches us about the building blocks of life and the matter, from the nano level of atoms and molecules to macroscopic materials, with which the world around us is constructed. It teaches us about the simplest molecules, from which life developed billions of years ago, right through to the latest nanotechnology.

Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.Sc. Physics

At Master's level, this study programme in Physics provides students with advanced courses and starts the process of specialisation. About half of the courses are compulsory and of general interest, the other half consists of more specialised elective courses.

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Faculté des sciences
M.Sc. Banking and Finance

The study programme Banking and Finance is a preparation for demanding duties in the financial services sector and corporate finance departements. Students get an understanding of financial markets and the management of financial services institutions.

School of Business
M.Sc. Earth System Science: Biosphere

The Master's degree program in Earth System Science is part of the most comprehensive Earth Science course in Switzerland. It is offered by the Faculty of Science (MNF) of the University of Zurich (UZH) in collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences (D-ERDW) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ)

M.Sc. Quantitative Finance

The specialized Master program Master of Science UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance, in short MSc UZH ETH in Quantitative Finance is a joint degree program offered by the University of Zurich, represented by the Department of Banking and Finance, together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich , represented by the Department of Mathematics. The program is the core of the Center of Competence Finance in Zurich.

Faculty of Economics
M.Sc. Computer Science

This Master's program is particularly suited to preparing students for the labour market, where interdisciplinary experience and practical skills are traits that are highly valued in qualified graduates. Students can create a personalized curriculum from a list of over 60 courses, seminars and internships offered by the universities of Bern, Neuchâtel and Fribourg.

Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.Sc. Biotechnology

Biotechnology is one of the crucial engineering sciences of the 21st century. With the advent of “-omics“ technologies we have insight of unprecedented detail into the workings of cells, tissues and organisms. With large scale DNA synthesis, miniaturization and parallelization we have unprecedented tools at our fingertips to program cellular and molecular behaviour. 

M.Sc. Financial Engineering

Over the past decade the financial industry has become increasingly complex and volatile. Specialists with a solid analytical background are urgently needed to understand past developments and to drive financial innovation forward. The events of the last few years have exposed new needs in risk measurement and management, derivatives pricing and hedging, portfolio management, model validation and corporate finance.

College of Management of Technology
M.Sc. Ecology

In the Ecology Specialization you learn about the latest ecological research from the people performing it, and have the opportunity to conduct a research project in one of many research groups. A wide range of organisms and ecosystems can be studied, from microbes to tortoises, and glacial streams to alpine meadows. Approaches can be observational, experimental, and theoretical, or a combination of these.

Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
M.Sc. Finance

The MSc in Finance is offered by the Swiss Finance Institute and the Faculty of Economics at the Università Della Svizzera Italiana Lugano. This full-time study programme comprises 120 ECTS spread over 4 semesters (usual duration 2 years) and is entirely offered in English.

Faculty of Economics
M.Sc. Energy Management and Sustainability

The degree in Energy Management and Sustainability (MES) is an interdisciplinary program built to provide world-class education for all those who put sustainability as the number one priority in the development of our world. Students receive theoretical and practical training, using EPFL's state-of-the-art research and development facilities.

M.Sc. Geography: Human and Economic Geography

Geography studies the processes that alter and shape the world we live in. Geographers aim to understand reciprocal influences and dependencies in their field, they document change, formulate scenarios and develop sustainable plans of action for the future. This includes examining both physical processes and the interplay between humans and the environment.

M.Sc. Biology

The Department of Biology of the Faculty of Science offers a multidisciplinary Master's programme with four different orientations: Biochemistry, Ecology and Evolution, Neuro- and Developmental Biology, and Plant-Microbe Interactions.

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Faculté des sciences
M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

In Switzerland, medical technology is a particularly well established industry sector that has reached very high standards. Swiss companies are among the global leaders in many key business areas in the field. Responding to the high need for well-trained medical engineering professionals in Switzerland, this unique master's program in Biomedical Engineering was initiated.

Faculty of Medicine
M.Sc. Mathematics

Defining mathematics is an art in itself because it is both concrete and abstract. We come up against mathematics in everything we do: when we make a phone call, drive a car, in the library, at the bank, in a doctor's practice. But we are not usually aware of this because the mathematical knowledge takes place "behind the scenes" as it were. It should not, however, be underestimated - mathematics is a basic science that is playing an increasingly important role in our society.

M.Sc. Biomedical Sciences

Would you like to gain a better understanding of how the human body and its organs function? Are you fascinated by the medical challenges in the 21st century? The program in Biomedical Sciences can help you by teaching you the most modern methods of biological research in combination with a basic education in medicine focused on how the most important systems in the human body function.

Faculty of Medicine
M.Sc. Computer Science

The Master in Computer Science provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary training in the information and communication sciences. It includes courses in various areas, such as science, economics and social sciences, on subjects like data-mining, information research, man-machine interfaces, cryptography and security, distributed computing, automatic language processing and knowledge modelling.

M.Sc. Atmospheric and Climate Science

Have you ever been staring at the clouds, wondering where all that water comes from? Have you ever been involved in a discussion on climate change, wishing you had a solid scientific understanding of the physical background? Would you like to know how a computer model can predict tomorrow’s weather?

System-oriented Natural Sciences
M.Sc. High Energy Physics

High-energy physics is devoted to the study of the elementary blocks of matter and of the associated forces. The tools for these studies are the particle collider experiments at very high energy or very large beam intensities, as well as imposing highly sensitive detectors.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
M.Sc. International and Monetary Economics

MIME is a joint, specialized Master’s degree offered by the Universities of Basel and Bern. It aims to help students acquire a strong background and analytical expertise in monetary economics, macroeconomics and international macroeconomics. MIME graduates are trained to take positions requiring analytical skills and macroeconomic knowledge, such as those found in banks, monetary and fiscal author

Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät
M.Sc. Life Sciences: Systematics and Evolution

This degree course is a specialization of the Master’s degree course Life Science (fast Track). The Fast Track Master’s program in life sciences is open to all students with an excellent Bachelor’s degree in biology or related natural sciences. Applicants must fulfill specific requirements and pass an interview to be admitted.

M.Sc. Microengineering

Microengineering is the art and science of creating, designing, integrating and manufacturing miniature components, instruments and products. The main characteristic of this domain is its multidisiplinary nature: a microengineering system integrates electronics and mechanics together with computational, chemical and optical elements.

School of Engineering
M.Sc. Finance

The MPhil in Finance is an integral part of the way to the PhD in Finance, which is offered in collaboration with the Swiss Finance Institute (SFI). The goal of the program is to provide the foundations for conducting rigorous research in finance.

M.Sc. Nuclear Engineering

The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering offers a high level of interdisciplinarity, ranging from nuclear, neutron and reactor physics and radiation protection to thermo-fluid dynamics, reactor safety and materials science.

School of Basic Sciences