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Bachelor of Science in Wood Engineering

Wood Engineer? A profession with a real career potential! Timber structures, houses, interior furnishings and fittings, furniture: They can all be made from wood – a renewable natural resource, a multipurpose material suitable for a wide variety of processesand applications. The Wood domain of Bern University of Applied Sciences trains tomorrow's top wood engineers. It is the onlyapplied science university qualification in wood engineering in Switzerland.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science BFH in Wood Engineering course are engineers who design, develop and create living environments and furniture made from wood. They have theoretical and practical skills in the manufacture of semi-finished and finished products. You will find wood engineers in saw mills, wood processing plants, carpenter's shops, cabinet maker's workshops, furniture factories and in engineering offices. The course is unique in Switzerland and is based closely on the requirements and needs of the wood industry and related sectors. With their specialist knowledge and good communications skills our wood engineering graduates are in great demand world-wide.

Course entry requirements

  • Completed vocational training in the wood industry, with vocational high school certificate
  • Higher secondary school certificate with an internship in the wood industry
  • Wood-related diploma at a higher technical school

Admission for applicants with a different educational background is at the discretion of the course administrators. 

Teaching language

Mainly German. Some units are taught in French or English.

Course duration

Full time: Six semesters.For the practical training you should allow 9 months. For further information about part-time studies please contact the academic management.

Starting date of course

The course starts in September (calendar week 38)

Semester fees

CHF 750.– Tuition fees (CHF 950.- for international students*)
CHF 50.– Flat rate charge for lecture notes and handouts
CHF 80.– Examination fees
CHF 24.– Fee for social, cultural and sports infrastructure and events
CHF 15.– Voluntary membership charge for the VSBFH students’ association
The registration and matriculation fee comes to CHF 100.– each. However, if registration leads to matriculation, the matriculation fee is waived. An average of CHF 400.– must be budgeted per semester for copies, books and excursions.

* all persons of foreign citizenship  who at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification were domiciled under civil law neither in Switzerland nor the Principality of Liechtenstein. This rule applies as of the 2018/19 autumn semester.

Head of degree program

Dr. Cornelius Oesterlee
Dipl.-Ing. / SIA
Professor for structural engineering and concrete structures


The choice of studies is an important decision while planning your professional career. We will gladly answer your questions within an individual consultation and clarify your personal requirements for studying.

>> For more information, see the study guide on the right side up.

In the Master programme, that is unique in Europe and conducted in cooperation with Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences (Germany), students deepen and broaden their knowledge from their Bachelor degree. They profit from the possibility to connect content, work in an interdisciplinary way and apply the gained knowledge in real-world case studies. The students follow one of the specialisations, Complex Timber Structures (CTS) or Management of Processes and Innovation (MPI). The programme has a modular structure and comprises three semesters for full-time students, and four to six semesters if completed part-time. For further information about the programme, please order the separate study-guide.

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Bern University of Applied Sciences
Wood Division
Solothurnstrasse 102
P. O. Box 6096
CH-2500 Biel 6
Phone +41 32 344 02 80