M.Sc. On Campus


ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

18 months
1324 EUR/year
1324 EUR/year
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The Master’s degree programme in Biology offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology has the goal to convey the biological concepts and practical skills necessary in different areas of biology.


A special emphasis is placed on experimental research. During the programme students complete two research projects – 12 weeks each – and a Master’s thesis (six months). Aside from the practical work, students attend specific lectures, tailored to the different specializations.

Graduates can apply the theory, methods, techniques and instruments in the area of biology in a targeted, correct and responsible fashion. They are therefore able to participate in solving fundamental questions in the Life Sciences. Alumni are qualified for demanding tasks at universities, in the pharmaceutic and chemical industry, in biomedical research and development or in the public sector. 

The Biology degree programme offered by ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is directed towards students with a strong interest in basic research. A wide range of knowledge in natural sciences and experience in experimental work is expected.


  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Health Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Plant Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Molecular and Structural Biology
  • Biological Chemistry

Programme Structure

  • In the Master programme, experimental research is at the center of the education.
  •  Two twelve-week research projects and the Master thesis (six months) are carried out in freely chosen research laboratories.
  •  In addition to this practical work, students attend specific concept courses and other lectures assigned to the individual majors.
  •  The specialisation in the Master programme is independent of the courses attended in the Bachelor programme

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the degree programme presupposes a university Bachelor’s degree comprising at least 180 ECTS credits(1 or an equivalent university degree in a discipline the content of which – also with regard to any additional academic requirements within the given framework – satisfies the pertaining academic prerequisites.
  • A Bachelor's degree qualifies its holder for admission to an ETH Master's degree programme only if it also qualifies said holder to enter, without additional requirements, the desired Master's degree programme within the university system where the Bachelor's degree was acquired. 
  • Attendance of the Master’s degree programme in Biology presupposes basic knowledge and skills in the Natural Sciences and subject-specific knowledge and competences connected with the selected specialisation. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1324 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 662 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • National

    1324 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 662 EUR per semester during 18 months.
  • Tuition fee: CHF 730/Semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

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