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Infection Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #96 (ARWU) ,
The MSc programme in Infection Biology at the University of Basel is run by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an internationally recognized centre for international health. The thesis work - which extends over a whole year - is usually embedded in a research project in one of the Swiss TPH Units, normally within the Department of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology

About

The Specialized Master’s degree program in Infection Biology at the University of Basel is run by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an internationally recognized center for public health excellence. Infection biology 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.

The main goals of the M Sc course in Infection Biology are the following:
  • To understand the phenomenon of infection from a molecular, immunological and cell-biological viewpoint.
  • To understand host-parasite interactions and be able to suggest control measures.
  • 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-parasite 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.

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation, Schweiz (English: State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Switzerland), Universität Basel (UNIBAS) is a large (enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universität Basel (UNIBAS) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

UNIBAS also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, sport facilities and/or activities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, as well as administrative services.

Programme Structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Pharmaceutical Sciences with a minimum average degree of 5.0. Basic knowledge in infection biology/microbiology of at least 4 CP. For students with a BSc degree but an insufficient mark, the student can alternatively pass the GRE test in the areas of "Quantitative Reasoning", "Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology" or "Biology" provided the result is in the top 35 %.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1466 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 733 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1466 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 733 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • CHF 850 per semester

Living costs for Basel

  • 1615 - 2340 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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