CAS ETH in Pharmaceuticals - From Research to Market

Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zürich, ETHZ

LocationZürich, Zurich region, Switzerland

Certificates of Advanced Studies

CAS programmes aim to give greater depth or interdisciplinary breadth to an original academic qualification. They are aimed at university graduates who are working and wish to enhance their professional skills or specialise in a particular subject. They correspond to at least 10 ECTS credits and 150 contact hours and may involve written project work or a thesis. They are organised in the form of block courses or courses on fixed days of the week and last one to two years.

Certificate of Advanced Studies

This description is only available in English.


Health, Life & Natural Science

Practice-oriented and compatible with full-time employment. Professional speakers from pharma industry, consulting, regulatory authorities and academia.

Programme structure

Programme description

The programme provides an overview of the frameworks and processes of drug development (chemicals and biomolecules). It builds on the participants’ background in natural sciences and adds knowledge in healthcare systems, pharmabusiness,
marketing, project management, quality management and GxP, health communication, pharmaceutical and clinical development, production, as well as regulatory guidance and requirements.


The programme provides an overview of drug development from drug discovery to the marketing of a drug.

Professional perspectives

The programme prepares participants for a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry.

Tuition languages

English: 100 %


Certificate of Advanced Studies ’CAS ETH in Pharmaceuticals - From Research to Market’

Credit points

12 ECTS credits

Target group and requirements

Target group

Individuals with a degree in pharmaceutical or natural sciences working in the pharmaceutical industry or for health authorities.


A recognised university qualification (Master of Science, MSc) in pharmaceutical sciences or natural sciences or an equivalent qualification.

Required language skills

English: C1 - Show proficiency scales

Examination languages


Time and place


Start possible at any module


5 course modules over 2-4 years, writing of an essay


ETH Zurich und University of Basel

Tuition fee

Approx. CHF 12,000



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Questions about the application

ETH Zurich, School for Continuing Education, HG E 17-18.5, Rämistr. 101, 8092 Zurich, phone 0041 (0)44 632 56 59 , info [a] sce[.]ethz[.]ch


Programme management

Professor Roger Schibli (Programme Director)


ETH Zurich, Postgraduate Studies Pharmacy, Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 4, 8093 Zurich, Tel. 0041 (0)44 633 74 05 ,
postgraduate [a] pharma[.]ethz[.]ch

Responsible body

ETH Zurich, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences (D-CHAB), Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences


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Pharmaceutical Sciences
Chemistry, Applied Biosciences
Health, Medical Sciences

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