M.Sc. On Campus

Biomedical Sciences

University of Bern

18 months
1740 EUR/year
1380 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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 This Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Bern will teach you the most modern methods of biological research in combination with a basic education in medicine that focuses on expanding your knowledge of how the most important systems in the human body function.


Key Features

The aim of the program is to offer students who are interested in human diseases but who do not want to work directly with patients as doctors an education that will enable them to embark upon a career in academic or pharmaceutical biomedical research.

The Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Bern therefore focuses on the interface between the natural sciences and medicine. The first year of study focuses on the natural sciences, the second on medicine, particularly in the areas of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology. Third and fourth-year students learn about the basic mechanisms of illnesses and diseases, as well as the clinical pathophysiology of specific organs. This is supplemented by an introduction to state-of-the-art research methods and laboratory practices. The program concludes with a master thesis that is written during a six-month internship at a research lab of the student's choice.

Programme Structure

  • The Master program in Biomedical Sciences has a duration of one-and-a-half years. The mandatory core component supplements the initial knowledge of the pathophysiology of organ systems that is acquired in the third year of the Bachelor program in Fribourg. 
  • This core component also expands students' expertise in modern methods of research. Students also conduct a three-week laboratory internship that focuses on a research field of their choice. During the final six months of their studies, students write a master thesis on a research topic of their choice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

You can only apply after the regular closing date for applications if you do not require a visa for entering and residing in Switzerland. If you are applying late and require a visa for Switzerland, we will transfer your application to a later semester.






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission with no restrictions:

Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Fribourg

  • Admission after a detailed review:

A degree different from the one cited in point a)

The bachelor's degree may not be more than six years old at the time of the assessment.

Students must submit proof of sufficient proficiency with regard to all the topics listed below:

  • Fundamental mathematics and science (mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology)
  • Anatomic-morphologic knowledge and basic knowledge of the human body
  • Pathophysiology of selected organ systems
  • Laboratory skills in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Knowledge of methods of biomedical research

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1740 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 870 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1380 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 690 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • Regular tuition fee: CHF 750 per semester
  • Non-Swiss students: CHF 200 per semester, in addition to the regular tuition fee, if they did not have their civil law residence in Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein at the time of obtaining their university entrance qualification to a bachelor's degree.

Living costs for Bern

1655 - 2130 CHF /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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