M.Sc. On Campus

Biology - Immunology

University of Zurich

12 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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Biology - Immunology 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.


  • The initial evolutionary function of immunity was to protect the host from pathogenic insults. The mammalian immune system is also involved in the fight against endogenous threats such as cancer and aids wound healing and tissue repair. 
  • The complexity of the immune system however is not fail-safe and erroneous self-attacks leading to autoimmune diseases are common. 
  • The vast majority of human diseases involve the integrated functions of our immune system and immunology is no longer a field which only studies host-pathogen interactions, but evolved into a central pillar of life science research. 
  • Immunologists study the role of individual cellular and humoral members of the immune system and their interplay during an immune response. 
  • The student learns how to analyse and isolate human blood cells and leukocytes from murine lymphoid tissues and studies their interactions in vitro and in vivo. 
  • The student will learn basic immunological technologies such a multiparameter flow cytometry, cytotoxicity and proliferation assays and the use of molecular analysis technologies. 
  • The student develops a solid foundation leading to a mechanistic understanding of immunity at the cellular level but also in animals and humans. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Experimental Biochemistry
  • Modelling cultural evolution
  • Discovering Statistics using R
  • Primate Behavior - Empirical Research
  • Evolutionary Genetics: Origins, Peoples and Disease
  • Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology

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
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