Master in Viticulture and Enology

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.

One Master, two training centers

The Viticulture and Enology Major (VE) of the Master of Science in Life Sciences (MLS) is offered as a joined diploma between the the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland HES-SO and The Vinifera EuroMaster. Students following this 120 ECTS programme will spend the first year in HES-SO. Their second year will be spent in one of Universities from the Vinifera EuroMaster Consortium.

The Major VE provides students with the tools to analyze and resolve complex problems in Viticulture and Enology, from grape to wine, from management to market, on a strategic and operational level.

Successful candidates are awarded the Graduate Degree “Master of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences, specialization Viticulture and Enology” based on 120 credits ECTS as well as The Vinifera EuroMaster diploma.

Objectives and major modules are available here

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Admission to the Master

Admission to the Master program is based on the candidates’ educational level and/or professional experience. The candidate’s application is reviewed by the admission commission of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. A Bachelor degree is the minimum educational level to apply to the Master’s degree.

A Bachelor in Viticulture or Enology or an equivalent education with practical experience in vineyard and winery are admission prerequisites. Candidates with a Bachelor in a other discipline may be required to acquire additional work experience or to follow complementary courses in viticulture and enology prior to joining the program.

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Practical informations about the Master in Viticulture and Enology

Program details

Credit program120 credits ECTS
Title deliveredMaster of Science HES-SO in Life Sciences, major Viticulture and Enology, as well as Vinifera EuroMaster Diploma
Semester durationProgramme starts in September
  • Winter semester:  week 38 – week 6 (19 weeks)
  • Spring semester:  week 8 – week 24 (15 weeks)
Course languageEnglish
Registration feeA one-time registration fee of CHF 150.- is required
Tuition feesStudents accepted into the Master’s program will benefit from an educational subsidy reducing the tuition/administrative fees to CHF 750.- per semester
Estimated cost of study materialStudents should budget about CHF 250.- per semester for study materials
Housing and supportLimited housing is available on the CHANGINS campus

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Contact Changins Liming Zeng Head of the major Viticulture and Enology T +41 22 363 40 35
Contact HES-SO Urban Frey Head of the Master Life Sciences T +41 58 900 00 02