Life Sciences, orientation Viticulture and Enology

Master HES

Haute école spécialisée de Suisse occidentale HES-SO

Lieu de formation

Nyon (VD) - Fribourg (FR) - Genève (GE) - Sion 2 (VS) - Olten 1 Fächer (SO) - Berne (BE)

Langue d'enseignement


Type de formation

Hautes écoles spécialisées HES

Modalités temporelles

À plein temps - À temps partiel

Thèmes de formation



Mise à jour 15.09.2022


Description de la branche d'études

The grape wine industry is confronted with ever increasing challenges. The ongoing climate change requires new cultivars and new production techniques; advances in modern technology call for new skills; the increasing complexity of the social and economic environment demands innovation and anticipation to satisfy rapidly changing needs.

The Viticulture and Enology orientation of the Master Life Sciences HES-SO provides a global vision and tools to analyze and resolve situations from grape to wine, from management to market on a strategic and operational level. It teaches efficiency and effectiveness in the economic, ecological and political environment of the grape wine industry.

The acquired skills allow conceptual changes and advancing grape growing, wine making, and wine business in the new millennium.

Description de la formation

Organisation des études

The Master of Science in Life Sciences is offered in cooperation with three other Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences, namely: Berner Fachhochschule BFH, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz FHNW, and Zürcher Fachhochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften ZHAW.

The Master offers advanced specialization courses for each chosen major. These courses include business, management and data handling to master the challenges demanded from tomorrow’s job market, and the Master thesis as independent applied research project. The program promotes critically reflection, assisting graduates in their further development throughout their professional careers.

The curriculum is divided into 3 blocks:

    • Central Modules (30 ECTS) which are related to business & entrepreneurship and data handling skills (Core Competence Modules) relevant to all Master students, and the “Cluster-specific Modules” relevant to the specializations within one cluster

    • Advanced specialization skills related to the particular majors (20 ECTS, five modules)

    • Master thesis project (40 ECTS) including the Literature Review and Research Proposal, a Preliminary Project and the Master's Thesis itself.

Le master représente le second diplôme universitaire après le bachelor et équivaut généralement à l'acquisition de 90-120 crédits ECTS.

Plan de la formation

Master in Life Sciences - major Viticulture & Enology

 90 Crédits ECTS

Central Modules
Management, Business and Society
Handling and Understanding Data


Cluster-specific Modules
Progresses in Food Processing
Nutrition and Nutrition Related Chronic Diseases
Sustainable Sourcing, Processing and Tracing of Food
Advanced Sensory Techniques
Journal Club “Food and Nutrition Sciences”


Specialization Modules
Grapevine Environment - Sustainable Viticulture
Genetic Resources and Grapevine Production
Winery Design
Fermented Beverages Technology, Chemistry and Microbiology
Wine Economics and Management
Vinifera EuroMaster


Additional Offerfrom others Clusters
Life Cycle Assessment
Sustainable Natural Resource Management
Water Management for Households, Industry and Agriculture


Master Thesis
Preliminary Project
Literature Review and research proposal




1 crédit ECTS équivaut à environ 25-30 heures de travail

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Conditions d’admission

  • Bachelor in Viticulture or Enology or
  • Bachelor in a related field from a University of Federal Institute of Technology
  • Equivalent education with practical experience in vineyard and winery

Complementary course work in viticulture and enology may be required based on the candidate’s accademic performance.

Aperçu des différentes voies d'accès aux masters consécutifs : Admission - vue d'ensemble

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Applications for the 2023 academic year will open in December 2022


  • Taxe d'inscription : CHF 150.-
  • Taxe de cours : CHF 750.- par semestre
  • Contributions aux frais d'études pour certaines prestations : CHF 250.-


  • Master haute école spécialisée HES

Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences, orientation Viticulture and Enology


The Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences is internationally recognised.

Master graduates will be able to occupy leadership positions in national and international companies as well as in government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

They are heading teams and manage interdisciplinary projects in:

  • Research & Development
  • Quality Management
  • Marketing and Business Managment

Infos pratiques

Lieu / adresse

  • Nyon (VD)
  • Fribourg (FR)
  • Genève (GE)
  • Sion 2 (VS)
  • Olten 1 Fächer (SO)
  • Berne (BE)

Déroulement temporel

Début des cours

Mi-septembre (semaine 38)

Durée de la formation

3 semestres à plein temps
5 semestres à temps partiel

Modalités temporelles

  • À plein temps
  • À temps partiel

Langue d’enseignement

  • anglais

The course language is English. The Master’s thesis may be written in English or one of the official Swiss languages (French, German, and Italian) in agreement with the thesis advisor.


Renseignements / contact

Tél. : +41 58 900 01 10