Master On Campus

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics

24 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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The Master programme in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics is a specialized degree programme jointly offered by ETH Zurich, University of Basel and the University of Zurich.


  • The Computational Biology and Bioinformatics program from University of Zurich is a young, interdisciplinary program for tomorrow’s leaders in life science research at the intersection of biology and computer science. 
  • The primary goal is to provide a broad education in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics based on a solid background in computer science, biology, and relevant mathematical approaches.

The Master program:

  • focuses on the development of concepts and methods rather than merely on the applications
  • includes practical experience in experimental biology and computer science methods
  • places particular emphasis on the systematic integration of experimental biology/data generation

The CBB Master program is mentor-​driven. During the first semester, students select a mentor who will assist them in compiling their individual curriculum. 

The mentoring system aims at providing an excellent, specialized education, while granting sufficient flexibility to meet the expectations and needs of students.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biophysics
  • Biosystems
  • Big Data
  • Bioinformatics Algorithms
  • Principles of Evolution

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s diploma or a degree that is at least equivalent from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.
  • The degree program must last at least three years (of regular full-time study: 180 ECTS credits or equivalent workload).
  • The diploma must be state-accredited (no equivalency certificates or university-internal confirmations of the successful completion of interim sections).
  • The diploma must grant entitlement to undertake a consecutive Master’s program at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.
  • You must fulfill the requirements of the Master’s study program in question; in other words, you must have the knowledge and skills required for the Master’s study program. 
  • These requirements are set on the basis of the quality, content and scope of, and the level of skills imparted in, one or more Bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Zurich.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • Tuition fee is 730 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 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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