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Biology: Quantitative Biology and Systemsbiology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #54 (ARWU) ,
The increasing quantitation of the life sciences, especially within systems biology requires a deeper look at what kind of data are important. Questions like: what kind of data can be compared with models, what does it mean to make a model, what doe the data imply?, will have to be reframed on a quantitative level.


The necessary modeling techniques are not limited to systems biology, but are also relevant in evolution, ecology or immunology.

On the other hand, a detailed knowledge of the basics behind experimental techniques is required to interpret data.

Here the focus will be on quantitative proteomics, genomics, but also strongly on imaging (microscopy and MRI). In addition biomechanics, crystallography as well as tracking methods will be treated.

Programme Structure

The Master’s degree course is accredited with 90 ECTS credit points and lasts three semesters in full-time studies. The course is based on block courses and special lectures accredited with 16 credit points (=ECTS credit points) by agreement with the Master's course coordinator in the chosen specialist field. Optional modules (4 credit points) can be chosen at random.

The obligatory Master's thesis is derived from a combination of seminars, colloquia and possibly project work accredited with a total of 60 credit points. The Master's degree program includes the compulsory module “Integrated knowlegde of Biology” (Bio 520, 10 credit points).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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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 18 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 18 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
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