School of Life Sciences FHNW, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


School of Life Sciences

Life Sciences sound exciting... and they are!

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland is situated at the heart of one of the world’s leading Life Sciences regions, ‘tri-national’ Basel, which borders on Switzerland, France and Germany.

We constantly compare our teaching and research with international quality standards and encourage transdisciplinarity as well as co-operation with networks and diverse partners. Our aim is to apply the fascinating Life Sciences in an economic context and, along with our research partners, to establish a distinctive international university profile.

Our colleagues are industry and scientific research specialists. They investigate the latest technological trends in Life Sciences and deal with various scientific issues using the most modern equipment and within the Life Sciences industry. Our researchers and students generate solid contributions to research, which bridge the gap between advanced Life Sciences and their practical applications.

We are a learning organisation with the courage for a change, fostering innovation and knowledge geared toward current and future markets. As a result, we continually develop our courses. We have made it our mission to support young entrepreneurs creating spin-off companies and to work to form collaborations with them.

Continuing education

Practical applications are at the heart of our continuing education programmes. It is important to us that what you learn is what you will actually need in your subsequent career and no-one is better qualified to impart this know-how than working professionals. Our lecturers are experts in industrial, public sector and scientific backgrounds. These experienced professionals also have a say regarding the contents of our continuing education programmes. During the courses, you will work on specific projects and in your papers, you will deal with real-life problems. Needless to say, our modern infrastructure is at your disposal throughout your study programme.

Research and Development

In the context of applied research and development (R&D), the close cooperation between the School of Life Sciences FHNW and regional, national as well as international commercial enterprises facilitates access of public institutions to state-of-the-art research results and the transforming of ideas into practice-oriented products and processes.

Our research and development is interdisciplinary and focuses on these three research areas:

  • Molecular Technologies: technologies for the analysis and synthesis of active substances and biological systems
  • Therapeutic Technologies: technologies for the development and production of pharmaceutical products and medical devices in an environment-compliant way
  • Environmental Management: holistic environmental management for the sustainable use of resources and the conservation of an environment worth living in

Interdisciplinarity means that life science-related areas are mapped in all of our four institutes (Chemistry and Bioanalytics, Ecopreneurship, Medical and Analytical Technologies and Pharma Technology). Our faculty members are from the academic disciplines of chemistry, biology, pharmaceutics, physics and engineering. They work on projects in the research fields of our institutes.



School of Life Sciences FHNW
Gründenstrasse 40

4132 Basel, Basel City, Switzerland

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