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Master Wood Technology

Technological progress, globalisation and digital networking open up new possibilities in the timber and construction industry. The wood industry needs highly skilled and qualified specialists as well as managers to meet these challenges. Uniquely in Europe, the Master of Science in Wood Technology, developed by Bern University of Applied Sciences in close cooperation with leading experts of the Swiss wood industry, provides students with a profile that is both scientifically sound and geared towards practical application. The students will follow one of the two specialisations, Management of Processes and Innovation (MPI) or Complex Timber Structures (CTS). The Master Program is conducted in cooperation with Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences.

Master Students created a new product within seven days

A group of three Master Wood Technology students (BFH Biel) participated in the Sprint Week organized by the Company Factory AG at the Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW) from 12 to 19 February 2018. The idea of such Sprint Weeks is to professionally support student groups in developing their own business ideas. The Company Factory AG is active in the field of consulting and supporting new start-ups.

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Master Students from Biel are Modeling new Mosque in Cambrige

The complex, curved roof of the new mosque in Cambridge (GB) is resting on ornamental tree trunks. An important portion of the planing and realization of this project laid with Fabian Scheurer (Design-to-Production), Franz Tschümperlin (SJB Kempter-Fitze) and Kai Strehlke (Blumer-Lehmann and Professor at the BFH). With the coordination of Christophe Sigrist, Professor for Timber and Steel Construction in the Division Wood and under the guidance of these three experts the students of the Master Wood Technology have modeled this structure and built one of the complex 3D connections during the autumn semester. 

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Excursion to Austria

From 23 to 28 April 2017, twenty students Master Wood Technology gained insight into the Austrian wood industry. The excursion was organized together with master students from the University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim (DE), our partner school for the Master Wood Technology program.

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Retrospective Ligna 2017

Students of the Master Wood Technology have visited the Ligna in Hanover, world-leading exhibition for wood processing. From 22 to 26 May the students gained inside into innovations and cutting-edge technologies in the wood sector. Besides, they actively supported the Bern University of Applied Scilences BFH booth.  


Portrait of Michail Kyriazopoulos

The series „Local Contexts Global Minds” shows a portrait of our graduate student Michail Kyriazopoulos. He talks about his experiences as an international student in Switzerland and his work in an international research project.




235 graduates received their diploma on October 21, 2016. Among them also 10 graduates from the Master of Science in Wood Technology. Marcus Schiere was awarded the price from Lignum, Holzwirtschaft Schweiz for the best master thesis.

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New programme started

The revised programme started with the modules „Design Thinking“, „Leadership and Communication” and “Finite Elemente Modelling”. We are looking forward to the changes that the project-oriented approach that focuses on team development will bring.


BFH graduate student wins award at the FEMS Junior Euromat

Michail Kyriazopoulos, graduate student of the Master Wood Technology at the BFH, presented his master thesis at the FEMS Euromat 2016 in Lausanne and received an award for the best oral presentation.

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The students from Biel and Rosenheim reunite every year for a week-long excursion. This year, they went to Italy and stopped in Venice, Rimini, Milano and Lugano. They visited numerous companies.

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Start Spring Semester 2016
The new students have arrived in Biel. Their first day was concluded with a small reception.



International Holzbau-Forum (IHF), Garmisch (Germany)

Students from Rosenheim and Biel at their yearly meeting at the international Holzbau-Forum in Garmisch (Germany).

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Design Build Bamboo
An interdisciplinary team of students from architecture and wood technology designed a cottage built with local bamboo in China. The cottage was designed in cooperation with Hape Toys and on the company's premises in the spring semester of 2014. The 2015 summer school further developed the concept of a holiday resort for employees and special guest of Hape Toys. 

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Graduation ceremony 2015
On 16 October 2015, in the Kongresshaus Biel, more than 200 people from the divisions architecture, wood and civil engineering received their diploma from  Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, among them 7 graduates from the Master of Science in Wood Technology. 

Media information, 16.10.2015 (in german)

Degree:The studies will lead to the internationally recognised title of "Master of Science in Wood Technology". The degree qualifies graduates to pursue a doctorate at a university.
  • Management of Processes and Innovation
  • Complex Timber Structures
Study Models:Full-time or part-time / alongside employment
Studiendauer:Full-time: 3 semesters
Part-time: 4 bis 6 semesters
Programme Language:English
Upon approval, the project paper and thesis may alternatively be written in German and French. 
Study Place::Biel, Switzerland
An exchange semester with our partner university in Rosenheim or another equivalent university program is possible.
Programme Starting Date:Calendar Week 38
Application: Application Deadline extended:

July 31st

Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor degree in wood technology or timber engineering or comparable
  • Typically, above average final marks are required
  • Applicants with excellent final marks from other engineering disciplines, i.e. structural engineering or material engineering, are invited to apply
  • For the specialisation Complex Timber Structures a significant background in timber engineering, structural engineering or civil engineering is required
  • Evidence of 210 credits (if proof of 180–210 credits is provided,
    the missing credits can be earned during the master programme)
  • Proof of English competence
 Programme Fees

Semester fees
(CHF 950.- for international students*)

CHF 750.–
Application fee **(onetime)CHF 100.–
Examination feeCHF 80.–
Fee for social, cultural and sports activitiesCHF 24.–
Student association membership VSBFHCHF 15.–
Flat rate for readers and hand-outsCHF 50.–
Leave of Absence or Internship Fee***CHF 100.–

* 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.

**The application fee is a one time, non-refundable fee, even if the application is rejected.

*** These fees apply during a leave of absence or an internship instead of the regular semester fees.

There may be additional costs not covered by the semester fees for textbooks, work material and excursions. Students are expected to have their own private laptop computer.

Head of ProgrammeHeiko Thömen, PhD

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. 


The programme has a modular structure and comprises three semesters for full-time students, and four to six semesters if completed part-time. It consist of core modules, two comprehensive projects for each of the specialisations and the Master Thesis. The core modules contain compulsory and elective subjects. The students write their Master Thesis during the third semester which marks the conclusion of the programme.

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The programme  is based on a project oriented approach, focusing on team development. Students choose one of two specialisations, Management of Processes and Innovation (MPI) or Complex Timber Structures (CTS). Each specialisation comprises one comprehensive project per semester, which consists of two thematically coordinated Input Modules and an application-oriented Case Study. The projects must be completed as a unit and will prepare the students for handling future practical  challenges.

Work-Study Option

In addition to full-time study, there is the possibility of combining the Master with an internship or part-time employment. These two options are appropriate if there is no proof of practical experience during the educational background or if the prior Bachelor Studies were completed with fewer than 210 credits. The lectures take place Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday respectively, thus allowing for part-time study with  60%-employment in a company or as an assistant at  Bern University of Applied Sciences.


During their studies, a personal advisor will mentor the students. These advisors are generally professorsin the selected specialisation. Together with the students, they specify the modules to be studied and supervise the Master Thesis.

European Credit Transfer System

Bern University of Applied Sciences and Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in accordance with the Bologna Treaty. One credit according to the ECTS corresponds to approximately 30 hours of work. Studying full-time accounts for 30 credits per semester. Certain activities might fall outside lecture periods. For part-time students, the workload per semester will be reduced accordingly. Generally, 5 credits will be awarded for each successfully completed module. The successful completion of the master program requires 90 credits overall.

Certificate of Global Competence

The supplementary "Certificate of Global Competence" offers you the opportunity to acquire intercultural and transcultural skills during your studies at  Bern University of Applied Sciences, and to earn a qualification for them. 

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Online registration

To apply at BUAS for the Master Wood Technology please complete the online form and attach the following documents as pdf files:

  •  Letter of motivation / Personal statement (max. 2 A4 pages)
  • CV in tabular format
  • Bachelor Degree Diploma*
  • Transcript of Record**
  • Diploma Supplement *
  • High School Diploma
  • Proof of English Proficiency ***
  • Passport
  • Passport Photo

Detailed Explanation

* If the diploma is not yet available, please submit subsequently, as soon as possible.

** All applicants shall provide a list of courses taken with grades earned. If transcripts are not in ECTS credits, a description of the grading system and information about workload (similar to ECTS credits) is necessary.

*** The following test results are acceptable as proof of English proficiency: 

  • TOEFL with 500 points or more
  • CBTOEFL with 213 points or more
  • Internet-based TOEFL with 84 points or more
  • IELTS Academic with score in band 6 or higher
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE with grade C or better
  • Cambridge ESOL CAE with grade C/B or better
  • Unicert Level 3
  • Applicants with English as their native language are exempt from this requirement

All documents not in German, French or English, require an official translation into one of these three languages.

As soon as all documents are submitted and the registration fee has been paid, the application will be forwarded to the department for review. The applicant can review the status of the application online at all times.



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



Online application
Application Deadline extended:
July 31st

Study Guide

Module Catalogue


Master of Science in Wood Technology