Where can I study what?

The first question is often: University or university of applied sciences? The education at universities is orientated towards the sciences and mainly theoretical knowledge is taught during the first few semesters. The relationship to practice is provided in the later semesters. Education at universities of applied sciences is more application-oriented and teaches theoretical knowledge in close association with products or processes.

The following list gives you an overview of the overall range of courses in Switzerland for prospective process and chemical engineers. The special features of the individual institutes and courses are provided.

Would you like to know what your opportunities will be to find an interesting job with a certain course? Or how high your salary might be? In this case, please don’t hesitate to contact the President of SGVC directly.

Course and content Course qualification Duration of course Special features

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

Institute for Process Technology (IPE) »

Process technology

Energy systems, measuring methods, heat exchange, chemical exchange, combustion, reaction technology

Download: Study Guide – Master of Science in Process Engineering
B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD 3/4.5
Work on projects, three months practical experience in industry, exchange semester abroad possible

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich

Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering »

Chemical and Bioengineering

Chemical Reaction Engineering, Chemistry, Bioprocesses, Catalysis, Polymers and Colloids

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD 3/4 years Laboratory course, project work, exchange semester abroad possible. As of the winter semester 2009/2010, the biotechnology degree course will be run by the Department of Biosystems Science & Engineering (D-BSSE) in Basel

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL

Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering »

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering Biotechnology, Chemical Reaction Engineering

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD 3/4.5 years Compulsory practical experience in industry from 4 to 6 months at the end of the Master’s course

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW, Muttenz

Hochschule für Life Sciences »

Degree course in Life Sciences Technology

Specialisation in environmental technology (water treatment, environmental biotechnology)
Specialisation in pharma-technology (pharmaceutical process technology)

Degree course in Molecular Life Sciences

Focus on chemical engineering technology
(Chemical reaction technology, mechanical and thermal process technology)

B.Sc., M.Sc. 3/4.5 years Practically relevant education, including for the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and for environmental protection offices

Berner Fachhochschule Technik und Informatik BFH-TI, Burgdorf

Degree course in mechanical engineering »

Energy/process technology

Basic mechanical operations. Thermal separation methods. Elective module: CFD, membrane separation technology and environmental process technology.

B.Sc., M.Sc. 3/4 years Education to become a mechanical engineer specialising in process technology, full- and part-time course, project dissertation/thesis with industry. Subsequent Master’s course possible.

Hochschule für Technik und Architektur, Freiburg HTA-FR

Industrial technologies – Chemistry »

Industrial chemistry

Chemical engineering, chemical process development

B.Sc., M.Sc. 3/4.5 years Bi-lingual, transfer to university possible

Ecole Spécialisée de Suisse Occidentale,
HES-SO Valais, Sion

Life Technologies »

Analytical chemistry, biotechnology, food technology

Chemical, bio and food analysis, molecular biology, bio-processing technology, food microbiology, food processing technology

B.Sc., M.Sc 3/4.5 years Practice-related education; joint one-year foundation course for all three degree disciplines; selection of degree discipline after 2nd semester; bi-lingual education (d/f)

Hochschule Luzern – Technik & Architektur

Thermal energy systems & process technology

Thermal process technology

Thermal separation processes, environmental processes, plant construction, process integration (Pinch), renewable energy focussing on biomass

B.Sc., M.Sc. 3/4.5 years Practice-related education to become a mechanical engineer specialising in process technology;
Working on projects with industry, laboratory courses

Hochschule für Technik Zürich

Specialisation in the field of mechanical engineering »

Mechanical engineering

with specialisation in thermal process technology

B.Sc. 4 years Vocational course; laboratory at ZHAW Winterthur; practice-oriented, small classes

Zürcher Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW, Wädenswil

Institute for Biotechnology »


Bio process technology, cell culture technology, bio process technology, molecular and cell biology, formulating

B.Sc., M.Sc. 3 years Practical training

Zürcher Hochschulen für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW, Winterthur

Institute for Material and Process Technology »

Institute for Energy Systems and Fluid-Engineering »

Chemistry and thermodynamics

Process technology
Reaction technology
Process engineering

Materials engineering

Polymers, ceramics, metals, material analytics, biocompatible materials, functional materials, plastics processing, bioengineering technology

B.Sc. 3 years New course since 2007;
Project and Bachelor dissertations with industry, small classes, exchange semester abroad also an option, subsequent Master’s possible

Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW, Wädenswil

Institute for Chemistry and Biological Chemistry ICBC »


Process technology,
also, Bio-reaction technology,
also, Bio-processing engineering,
also, Bio environmental technology, ecology, industrial chemistry

B.Sc. 3 years Chemistry course since 2008 based entirely in Wädenswil with specialisation in «Chemistry» and «Biological Chemistry»; Project and Bachelor dissertations with the industry, small classes, subsequent Master’s possible