The MSc in Infection Biology at the University of Basel focuses on host-pathogen interactions and aims to understand the mechanisms through which viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites colonise their hosts and cause disease. Infection biologists study molecular, cellular, metabolic or immunological aspects of pathogen biology and infection, try to elucidate mechanisms and evolution of drug resistance and immune evasion, or investigate dynamics of transmission and infection in the field.
Knowledge gained from studying these and other aspects of infection biology provides the basis for the development of novel diagnostic tools, drugs and vaccines for improved prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
Focal area of teaching and research
The main goals of the MSc course in Infection Biology at the University of Basel are the following:
- To understand the phenomenon of infection and host-pathogen interaction from a molecular, immunological and cell-biological viewpoint.
- To understand different concepts and approaches in drug and vaccine discovery and development.
- To understand basic concepts in bioinformatics and acquire skills for computational data analyses.
- To have a good understanding of molecular, cellular and epidemiological methods for the analysis of host-pathogen interactions.
- To be able to plan and carry out laboratory experiments in order to address a scientific hypothesis, to analyze the results and to report them orally and in writing.
- To obtain an overview on the current research literature in areas of infectious diseases.
Holders of a Master of Science in Infection Biology usually work in academia or industry in laboratory-oriented projects in the fields of basic or applied research, in the teaching/training or communication/documentation sectors or as scientific writers.
Programme StructureCourses include:
- The Specialized Master’s degree program Infection Biology awards 90 ECTS credits and is a so called mono-course consisting of only one core subject. Supervised practical work over the course of one year constitutes the core of the studies. One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.
- The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses with the possible addition of an in-depth subject and an elective subject. The Specialized Master’s degree program Infection Biology includes an elective subject; however, no other subjects are required.
- 18 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesBiology Molecular Sciences Bioinformatics & Biostatistics View 15 other Masters in Bioinformatics & Biostatistics in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A bachelor's degree or equivalent degree from a foreign university recognized by the University of Basel only allows access to the master’s degree if this allows admission to the desired master’s degree at a university in the higher education system in which it was acquired. It may be the place of study evidence required.
International1538 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 18 months.
National1538 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 769 EUR per semester during 18 months.
- CHF 850 per semester
Living costs for Basel
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