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Biology: Anthropology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
University rank #76 (QS) ,
Biology: Anthropology Master’s graduates from University of Zurich have skills in scientific research. Their knowledge allows them to understand complex biological systems. They recognize relevant problems in Biology and are able to plan and conduct experiments using a variety of techniques to address these problems. 

About

Two main fields of Anthropology are represented at the University of Zurich: evolutionary behavioral Biology investigates the evolution and tradition of behavioral patterns in humans and their closest relatives in laboratory and field tests and by using theoretical socio-biological models. 

Paleoanthropology deals with the physical principles and functional-morphological aspects of human evolution, in particular the fossil history of hominids and non-human primates. 

Their ability to adapt technical procedures to specific scientific problems allows them to expand their problem solving skills. The ability to work exactly and treat precious materials, instruments and organisms carefully is particularly important. Working with organisms requires students to apply their ethical responsibilities. 

The master’s thesis, which is a research project within the master’s program, teaches students to conduct research independently as would be required for a dissertation. 

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: Anthropology at the University of Zurich qualify graduates to find work in not only specific biological or educational professions. 

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Block courses
  • Special lectures in Anthropology 
  • Elective modules  
  • Master's research project in Anthropology, 
  • Seminars
  • Colloquia 
  • Integrated Knowledge in Biology module 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Credits
    90 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.

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. The Faculty decides about the acceptance of academic achievements and credit points which were obtained elsewhere. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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