Industrial Engineering and Management Science

Designing products, digitising supply chains and launching start-ups: these are the challenges you’ll face as an industrial engineer. Focusing heavily on Business Engineering, Industrial Engineering et Supply Chain and Process Engineering, this degree programme opens up outstanding career opportunities.

In this programme, you will

  • tackle technical and economic issues and acquire skills for the digital world,

  • learn to improve communications processes, produce profitability analyses and develop new digital business models,

  • optimise logistical processes and production facilities – the basis for the transformation to the networked company,

  • gain in-depth knowledge about Industrial Engineering, Business Engineering and Supply Chain and Process Engineering,

  • achieve business fluency in English thanks to lectures in German or English,

  • apply your knowledge directly in various project and bachelor theses.

  • open up highly attractive career opportunities in many sectors.



  • Title/Degree Bachelor of Science (BSc)
  • Specialisations Business Engineering (digitisation)
    Industrial Engineering (Industry 4.0)
    Supply Chain and Process Engineering
  • Mode of study Full-time (6 semesters)
    Part-time (8 semesters)
    Part-time (9 semesters)
    Work-study bachelor degree programme (8 semesters)
  • Start date Calendar week 38
  • Application deadline 31 July
  • ECTS credits 180 ECTS credits
  • Study language Bilingual German/English (approx. 50/50 split)
  • Location Biel
  • Department School of Engineering and Computer Science

Structure + Content

With the Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, you’ll be ideally placed to perform highly responsible roles in areas where business, IT and engineering converge. The Business Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Supply Chain and Process Engineering specialisations allow you to focus on a field of your choice. The programme being taught in two languages (German/English) also opens up opportunities abroad or with international companies.

Training goals

A Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management Science will enable you to

  • perform challenging roles in areas where business, IT and engineering overlap
  • develop and implement innovative business ideas for companies or your own start-up
  • analyse and evaluate supply chains and optimise them in a sustainable way
  • conduct research and apply findings in real scenariosdevelop solutions for technical and business problems
  • communicate and give presentations successfully


On the German/English Bachelor degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, you opt for the specialisation that suits you best. We offer a wide range of learning environments: lectures, laboratories, online learning, industry presentations, coaching and mentoring.

This specialisation focuses on creating structures for sustainable management and innovation processes and business models.

Programme content:

  • Innovation methods
  • Business models
  • Business process management
  • Data analysis and visualisation
  • Product and service design

This specialisation focuses on intelligent production systems and production management.

Programme content:

  • Analysis, evaluation and optimisation of production plants
  • Sensor technology, Internet of Things, production systems
  • Data management and big data
  • Planning systems in production and logistics

This specialisation focuses on the design of supply chains and production processes.

Programme content:

  • Supply chain management based on real-time data
  • Process analyses and their automation
  • Sustainable and transparent supply chains (circular economy)
  • Technologies and IT systems in logistics

Living Labs

We provide our students with modern lecture theatres and innovative learning laboratories (Living Labs) directly in Biel.

Mode of study + Duration

You decide which option suits you best: Choose between full-time and part-time study. What if your circumstances change during the degree programme? That’s no problem! You can simply change the mode of study during the programme.

Regardless of which mode of study you opt for: specialisations are undertaken in the last two semesters.

Full-time study

Duration: 6 semesters
Number of credits: 30 ECTS credits per semester
employment in parallel to the programme max. 20%

Part-time study

Duration: 8 semesters
Number of credits: 22-24 ECTS credits per semester
Employment in parallel to the programme max. 60%
Your employment (practical experience) can be taken into account for the degree programme.

Part-time study (flexible)

Duration: 9 semesters
Number of credits: 18-20 ECTS credits per semester
Employment in parallel to the programme max. 80%
Your employment (practical experience) can be taken into account for the degree programme.

Work-study Bachelor's degree programme

You hold the baccalaureate but lack professional experience? Combine the degree programme with an internship. You spend 40% of the time working on practical application – whether it’s an internship at a company or as part of projects or the bachelor thesis.
Duration: 4 years

The programme has a modular structure and is made up of mandatory and optional modules. It comprises 180 ECTS.
You can put your degree programme together individually, enabling you to achieve the perfect balance between your private life, career and study.

Projects and bachelor’s thesis

You apply the knowledge you’ve acquired for companies as part of exciting projects. This provides you with a solid foundation for a successful career or a Master’s degree programme.

Course of studies

The course of studies provides an overview of the specialist fields covered by the modules and how they are distributed over the entire degree programme.

Course of studies Industrial Engineering and Management Science Enlarge image

The timetable structure shows the lecture days for on-site and online events. Block days take place during the semester on certain Fridays. You can organise self-study based on your personal time preferences.

Timetable | Industrial Engineering and Management Science


Start Frühlingssemester

29.03.2021 - 05.04.2021

Ferien Karwoche und Ostern

13.05. 2021 - 14.05.2021



Sporttag "the games"




Ende Frühlingssemester

21.06.2021 - 19.09.2021

Unterrichtsfreie Zeit

05.07.2021 - 23.07.2021


13.09.2021 – 17.09.2021 Wiederholungsprüfungen
17.09.2021 Einführungstag für neue Studierende


Start Herbstsemester

20.09.2021 – 24.09.2021 Blockwoche für Studierende des ersten Semesters



24.12.2021 – 09.01.2022 Unterrichtsfreie Zeit
17.01.2022 – 21.01.2022 Blockwoche für Studierende im 3. / 5. / 7. Semester
24.01.2022 – 20.02.2022 Unterrichtsfreie Zeit
31.01.2022 – 11.01.2022 Prüfungswochen
21.02.2022 Start Frühlingssemester

Ever toyed with the idea of setting up your own business after graduating? Would you like to develop your business concept as part of your project thesis? Bern University of Applied Sciences encourages entrepreneurial spirit. With the Entrepreneurship Certificate, a start-up internship and events, BFH will ensure you get off to a flying start as an entrepreneur.

Would you like to study abroad or undertake an internship?
You’re enrolled at a university abroad but would like to study at Bern University of Applied Sciences? We will be happy to advise you.

Certificate of Global Competence

The supplementary «Certificate of Global Competence» offers you the opportunity to acquire specific intercultural skills during the course of your studies. The certificate provides additional skills and is a complement to the bachelor diploma. It is an asset which should not be overlooked in the course of a job application procedure.

Need more information?

Our International Advisor will be pleased to answer your questions.

Bachelor’s thesis

You tackle application-based projects during your degree programme. Initially as part of project theses and then in your bachelor thesis. For example, you can work on a project proposal from a company for your thesis.

Final-Year Theses 2020 – Book

This 30-page book presents the results of this application-led and future-oriented degree programme. The abstracts of the bachelor theses highlight that Industrial Engineering and Management Science graduates have acquired the key skills required in IT, business management and engineering. Take a look for yourself – it’s well worth a read!

Requirements and admission

There are many ways of meeting the admission criteria for the Bachelor of Science inIndustrial Engineering and Management Science.
You will be admitted to the degree programme with:

  • Vocational training with the Federal VET Diploma and a vocational baccalaureate in a profession related to the discipline.
  • Vocational training with the Federal VET Diploma and a vocational baccalaureate in a profession not or only partly related to the discipline and a vocational internship of up to one year
  • A general baccalaureate and a one-year vocational internship
  • A general baccalaureate and our Passerelle scheme
  • A general baccalaureate or a vocational baccalaureate in a different discipline and work-study bachelor degree programme (WSB) for individual degree programmes
  • A Swiss or foreign school-leaving qualification (upper secondary level) equivalent to the vocational baccalaureate and a one-year vocational internship in a related profession.
    • Admission procedure: by dossier
    • Language skills: B2 (language diploma required)
  • A specialised baccalaureate and a one-year vocational internship
    • We recommend that you complete a preparatory course in mathematics.
  • A federal diploma from a professional education institution in a technology or science discipline and vocational training with the Federal VET Diploma in a profession related to the discipline. Previous academic achievements may be recognised in certain cases, allowing you to start off in a higher semester.

Then you can continue your degree with us, provided you have not been deregistered due to unsatisfactory performance. Credit may be given for some academic achievements, depending on which degree programme you opt for; you can apply for this for once you have successfully enrolled. Depending on your professional experience in the field of the degree, you may be required to obtain additional practical experience through a vocational internship.


This scheme bridges the gap between upper secondary level school and university degree programmes. The ‘Passerelle’ includes a three-month preparatory course and a nine-month internship.


You can obtain the practical experience required for your degree programme in two years. On completion of the course, you are awarded a Federal VET Diploma.

Preparatory courses

Our preparatory courses will ensure you are optimally prepared for your degree programme and enable you to refresh what you have already learned.

Degree + future prospects

Technical and business management issues are increasingly converging in our digitised society. As an industrial engineer, you perform roles where technology and business come together because you have a complete understanding of both worlds.

Title + Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management Science enables you to undertake further courses of study at traditional universities or universities of applied sciences. You also have the option of studying abroad. The admission criteria are set by the university applied to.

Your degree title depends on the specialisation you have chosen:

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management Science

  • Major Business Engineering
  • Major Industrial Engineering
  • Major Supply Chain and Process Engineering

Job profile + future prospects

Ready for challenging technical and management roles?
The Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering qualifies you for exciting and challenging roles in a wide range of sectors and companies: They include product development, production, corporate development, marketing and sales.

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Organisation + registration

Secure your place on the programme early. Missing vocational baccalaureate certificates can be submitted at a later stage.

Registration deadline: 31 July
Start of programme: CW 38
Kick-off day for the programme on the Friday in CW 37.
Induction week CW 38

Here, you will find helpful information about financing your studies at BFH. Details regarding individual living costs are not covered, however.

The cost of study includes tuition and examination fees, as well as costs for teaching materials and excursions.


At BFH, different fees apply for programmes and examinations.

Application (per application)*

CHF 100


CHF 100

Tuition fees (per semester)

CHF 750

Tuition fees for international students*** (per semester)

CHF 950

Examination fee (per semester)

CHF 80

Fee for social, cultural and sport offerings (per semester)

CHF 24

Membership fee for the Bern University of Applied Sciences Student Association (VSBFH) (per semester)

CHF 15

* plus CHF 10 processing fee if paying by paying-in slip/paper invoice.
** If the application leads to matriculation, the matriculation fee is covered by the application fee.
*** International students are defined as 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.

There is also a fixed fee for material, which can vary from programme to programme, and additional costs for teaching materials, specialist literature, supplies, etc.

An invoice for the application fee is generated upon applying online and must be paid within 10 days. If payment is made by paying-in slip/paper invoice, a processing fee of CHF 10 is applied. There are no waivers or refunds for withdrawn or abandoned applications.

The application is processed after payment has been received.

Grants, loans and other funding options

Financial aid is available through grants and loans. Grants are one-off or ongoing payments that don’t usually have to be paid back provided you complete your course. Loans are one-off or ongoing payments that must be paid back after you finish your course.

Cantonal grants

Grants and loans for Swiss students and overseas students are generally paid out by the canton where the students’ parents are tax residents.

Students who have been tax residents in the Canton of Bern for at least two years are able to apply for cantonal grants and loans. Applications should be submitted to the Financial Aid Office at the Department of Education.

Further information (incl. financial aid calculator):

The websites, and European Funding Guide cover all the key information about grants in Switzerland and overseas.

Foundations and funds

There are also numerous private foundations and funds that offer financial support to students. The electronic foundation directory administered by the Federal Department of Home Affairs offers a comprehensive summary of these organisations and can be searched by keywords (e.g. student, research, financial aid, etc.). Other sources of funding include the foundation directories for individual cantons and private foundations.

The following foundations offer funding specifically to BFH students and students from other universities:

At Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH, we promote balance between study, work and family.

A limited number of nursery places are available to BFH staff and students. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, the relevant documents can be found on the BFH Intranet. The fees are income-based and in line with the cantonal rates described in the Verordnung über die Angebote der sozialen Integration (Decree on Social Integration Offer ASIV) issued by the Canton of Bern. You can apply for a nursery place using the online form on the BFH Intranet. If you’re a new student or member of staff and don’t have access to the Intranet, please contact Corinne Badertscher (Tel. +41 (0)31 848 33 01, There is no legal entitlement to a nursery place.

Compulsory service

Students must also perform their compulsory service during the degree programme. Plan and coordinate your degree programme and compulsory service at an early stage. We strongly recommend full completion of basic military training prior to the degree programme.

You’ve decided to take a degree programme at Bern University of Applied Sciences? Then register right away! Online registration provides you with a complete overview of the procedure.

Documents required

Ensure the following documents in electronic format are available according to your educational background (documents: PDF/image material: JPG):

  • ID document or passport*P
  • assport photo in accordance with international passport standards*
  • Diplomas and certificates (e.g. vocational/specialised baccalaureate with grades, general baccalaureate certificate, secondary school leaving qualifications)
  • Federal certificate of competence with grades
  • Reference of employment and/or internship
  • CV in table format

 * mandatory

Students who have already completed academic achievements at a different university or higher technical school (or equivalent institutions in Switzerland or abroad) can apply for them to be recognised in the student portal as soon as they are matriculated at BFH. The application is then assessed. Evidence must be provided.

A high-performance laptop is required for the application of the course content in the modules. We recommend:

  • CPU at least Intel i5, ideally Intel i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • At least 500 GB of storage capacity
  • An integrated graphics card should be sufficient
  • Good keyboard
  • Anti-glare/matt display
  • Plug/ports: HDMI, USB type A and USB type C"

You can produce quick sketches or more complex notes with a tablet. Purchasing a tablet, iPad or Microsoft Surface with touchscreen and pen input is recommended.

Information events + advisory service

Do you have any questions about the degree programme? At our information events, we answer your questions and also give you the chance to visit our laboratories and obtain information face to face.

Student advisory service

We are also pleased to provide you with advice outside of information events.

Location(s) + Facilities

We provide our students with modern lecture theatres and innovative learning laboratories (Living Labs) directly in Biel.

Business Lab

The Business Lab is an innovation hub. At the Business Lab we bring together research, lecturing and application-led projects on future-oriented topics. A wide range of cutting-edge software and hardware solutions are available to students for their application-oriented projects at the Business Lab. A culture of collaboration is fostered in a creative and state-of-the-art working environment, providing the ideal foundation for your future career.

Industry Lab

The Industry Lab is available to students as a training and research facility. The Industry Lab contains a real production plant which students can use to experience, design and develop cutting-edge systems of Industry 4.0. The emphasis is placed on automation, robotics and production data acquisition. This allows you to experience automation first hand.

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Advisory Board - industry partners

The Advisory Board for the Industrial Engineering and Management Science department consists of experts in management positions at relevant companies and associations. The members provide the department with key input about the future professional requirements of our graduates. All relevant sectors are represented on the Advisory Board. The Advisory Board also suggests key topics for application-led projects as part of the degree programme and provides support and network opportunities for students in the final semester.

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