Wood Engineering

Wood Engineering

Course summary

Buildings, interior furnishings, furniture – this course of study focuses entirely on wood as a renewable raw material and working material and on the many different possibilities for its processing and use. Bachelors of science in wood engineering are engineers who have practical and theoretical skills in the production of semi-manufactured items (saw mills, wood material producers) and products (cabinet making, furniture industry, carpentry, engineering construction with wood).


This course, the only one of its kind in Switzerland, is guided by the criteria and needs of the wood economy and its allied branches. Because of their professional expertise and communication skills, international demand for graduates is high.


Title / QualificationBachelor of Science in Wood Engineering
Main study subjects / specialisations
  • Timber Structures and Technology
  • Process and Product Management
Program study optionsFull-time
Language(s) of instructionMainly German, some units are taught in French or English
Professional qualificationyes
Course beginsWeek 38
Deadline for applicationsApplication deadline for the Bachelor program
Subsequent master program

Master of Science in Wood Technology

Master of Science in Engineering

Special featuresThe only Swiss university of applied sciences offering this course.


Wood engineers – both women and men – are able to perceive the connections not just between the technological and economic, but also the cultural, social and political aspects of their profession, and apply their insights to entrepreneurial ends. They are trained in all areas of the processing and use of wood. Their practical and theoretical knowledge encompasses both the manufacture of finished and semi-finished products and the planning and building of structures. Graduates are active in the wood economy and the timber supply sector both at home and abroad:

  • Wood construction engineering (houses, bridges, towers, supporting structures)
  • Architecture (wooden house construction) and building
  • The window, door and façade industry
  • The furniture, staircase and shop fitting industry, interior fitting
  • The derived timber product, sawmilling, adhesive, synthetic material, parquet, packaging and machine industries
  • Teaching, research and development
  • Public administration, testing laboratories, development cooperation

Detailed information

BSc Wood Engineering

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Head of degree programme

Dr. Cornelius Oesterlee

T +41 34 426 43 12


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