Viruses cause disease or are harnessed in nano-technology, for example as delivery devices. They infect many if not all cells, albeit by different mechanisms and outcomes.
Viruses are tiny particles of nucleic acids, proteins and variably, lipids and sugars. Virologists study the nature of viruses, and unravel the mechanisms by which viruses infect cells and cause disease.
They employ methods from molecular and cell biology, immunology, biochemistry and biophysics, structural biology, systems biology and mathematical modelling.
The Msc student in Virology will have an opportunity to carry out independent experimental or theoretical work, with a focus on basic science, medical science or veterinary science.
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.
The degree courses of Biology - Virology at the University of Zurich qualify graduates to find work in not only specific biological or educational professions.
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- Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology
- Ethical Aspects of Biological Research on Humans
- Biomedical Imaging and Scientific Visualization
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DisciplinesBiomedicine Biology Biochemistry View 40 other Masters in Biology in Switzerland
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- 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.
International1312 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 656 EUR per semester during 18 months.
National1312 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 656 EUR per semester during 18 months.
- Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester
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