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Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #76 (QS) ,
The goal of the Master's degree Biology course from University of Zurich is to specialize in one of the 15 Master's fields of biology: Molecular and Cell Biology, Development Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Plant Sciences, Neurosciences, Anthropology, Behavioral Biology, Ecology, Systematics and Evolution, Quantitative Biology and Systems Biology, Virology, Immunology and Cancer Biology. 

About

The pioneering discoveries and developments in biology over the past decades have changed our perception of the world. The dynamic progress of biological research is unbroken. This is why Biology is one of the most exciting university degree programs you can study.

 The institutes of our division of Biology, together with the medical-biological institutes of the Faculty of Medicine, offer an extremely wide range of biological specializations. Further, study structures in specialized studies of biology (as of the 5th semester) between the University and ETHZ are fully compatible. This renders Zurich one of the world's top locations for studying biology. 

The key element of the Biology program from University of Zurich is the Master's thesis - a piece of research work at a high academic level – which must be submitted within 12 months. In addition, block courses, special lectures, colloquia and seminars are agreed with the students in individual "learning agreements". 

Career options:

Doctorate in one of the fields of biosciences; teaching and research at universities and other institutes of higher education; work in the chemical, pharmaceutical, medical, agrobiology and food technology industries; teaching at secondary level and in vocational, agricultural and engineering schools; management posts in industry, public administration and politics; planning for nature conservation and environmental protection, private and public; work in zoos, museums, research institutes, laboratories and clinics; scientific journalism.

 The degree courses of biology at the University of Zurich qualify graduates to find work in not only specific biological or educational professions. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Special lectures
  • Block courses
  • Master's thesis
  • Optional project work
  • Colloquia
  • Seminars

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree in Biology, Biomedicine or Biochemistry from the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich allows for admission to the a Master’s degree course in Biology. 
  • Corresponding degrees of Swiss and foreign universities can be recognized by the Faculty. The Faculty assesses all other qualifications, in particular those from universities of applied sciences, according to its own criteria, whereby the principle of equal treatment applies to assessing the equivalence of Bachelor's degrees. 
  • The Faculty can require the fulfillment of conditions or additional requirements in form of evidence of academic achievement. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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