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Biology: Immunology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #54 (ARWU) ,
The immune system is a complex network of cells, organs, tissues, dedicated to the defence of the host against pathogens, such as viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The initial evolutionary function of immunity was to protect the host from pathogenic insults.


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

Programme Structure

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Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

To be admitted, the applicant must have a Bachelor’s degree of a recognized university or equivalent qualification in biology or biochemistry (180 ECTS credit points). If this degree was not obtained at the University of Zurich, the Faculty of Science will decide about admission, which can depend on the fulfillment of additional conditions or workload.

Modules and workload in the track record must be similar to those of a Bachelor’s degree in biology or biochemistry at the University of Zurich, and the university must be recognized by the University of Zurich. Additionally, a proof of adequate performance in English is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1318 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 659 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1318 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 659 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
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