Areas covered by the programme
The interdisciplinary master's programme in Circular Innovation and Sustainability combines business skills with a technical and ecological understanding of production cycles and the sustainable use of our natural resources.
What you will gain from this degree programme
Take responsibility today for the changes of tomorrow and play an active role in shaping the future. BFH’s first interdisciplinary master’s programme (business, life sciences and technology) provides a uniquely broad insight into the fields of circular economy and sustainable development. On this programme, you will gain an in-depth understanding of biological and technical cycles and come to know the potential they offer for developing sustainable product and process innovations. You will also acquire the skills to rethink conventional business models and make them circular.
Core features of your programme
The master’s is underpinned by an interdisciplinary foundation programme, equipping you with broad knowledge from research and practice about circular economy, resource efficiency and sustainable development. You will gain insight into the fundamental principles of a sustainable transformation in sectors ranging from food to energy management. Both the modules and the teaching staff on the programme are put together to be interdisciplinary.
After the foundation programme, focused specialisation becomes a possibility. Thanks to a generous range of focus modules, you can pursue your personal interests in depth, not only in theory but also in practice with individual projects. Internships are an additional means of acquiring skills in specific areas.
The new master’s programme brings together subject knowledge on circular economy and sustainability from all departments at BFH. Benefit from the scholarly expertise of leading researchers and pursue your studies at the cutting edge of applied research.
Innovative teaching approaches guarantee you a highly flexible timetable. For full-time students, in-person classes take up around 40 per cent of the programme. The remaining time you spend working individually or in groups on specific learning objectives.
Relevance to practice
During the programme you benefit from a large network of companies and organisations working in the field. A key component of the master’s is that these are directly integrated into modules – for example, in the form of excursions, guest speakers, internships, or working on problems identified in real cases.
Management team of the MSc now complete
On 1 June 2022, Stefan Flückiger joined the interdisciplinary management team of the MSc in Circular Innovation and Sustainability, where he has taken on the role of spokesperson. On the same date, he took office as the new Head of MSc Programmes at BFH-HAFL. He is a forest engineer (ETH Zurich) with extensive experience in the education sector. Since 2013, he has been contributing to the BFH-HAFL continuing education programmes as an associate lecturer and an expert in silviculture, urban forestry, and forestry strategy and organisation.