24 months
1474 EUR/year
1474 EUR/year
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Biology - Virology 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 Msc student in Virology  at University of Zurich will have an opportunity to carry out independent experimental or theoretical work, with a focus on basic science, medical science or veterinary science. 

About Virology:

  • 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.

Students and Virology:

  • They employ methods from molecular and cell biology, immunology, biochemistry and biophysics, structural biology, systems biology and mathematical modelling. 
  • 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.
  • 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:

  • Human Evolutionary Genetics: Origins, Peoples and Disease
  • Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • Ethical Aspects of Biological Research on Humans
  • Biomedical Imaging and Scientific Visualization
  • Flowers and Pollinators
  • Ethnobotany

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 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 24 months.
  • National

    1474 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 737 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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