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Biology - Cancer Biology

University of Zurich

12 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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Students choosing this Biology - Cancer Biology Master’s program from University of Zurich are interested in understanding basic molecular pathways that regulate genome instability events underlying cellular transformation, crucial characteristics of cancer initiating cells, their interaction with tumor microenvironment and their molecular characteristics that offer therapeutic opportunities.


The improvement of therapeutic regimens for different cancers depends on a deep mechanistic understanding from the earliest molecular events underlying cancer onset to its later stages of progression and invasion. 

Students will develop strong abilities:

  • A training of a new generation of cancer biologists, capable of orienting clinical researchers towards new diagnostic and therapeutic tools, based on mechanistic insight and unbiased molecular investigations. 
  • Students learn how to grow cancer cells and analyze tumor-relevant samples, apply a broad range of molecular tools, and analyse the data. 
  • In addition, students will use chemical and genetic perturbations to modulate onset and therapy of specific cancers. 
  • By the end of the program, each student is expected to have developed a solid foundation leading to a mechanistic understanding of cancer at the molecular level, and is capable of addressing new biological questions inherent to the onset or therapy of specific cancer types. 
  • Biology - Cancer Biology 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. 
  • 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 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 include:

  • Experimental Biochemistry
  • Modelling Cultural Evolution
  • Discovering Statistics
  • Human Evolutionary Genetics: Origins, Peoples and Disease
  • Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • Ethical Aspects of Biological Research on Humans

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

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 12 months.
  • National

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 12 months.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

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