Master Biology

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A New Understanding of Life

Over the last few decades, biology has developed its natural history approach into that of an experimentally focused discipline. Its goal is the elucidation of structure, function and interactions of macromolecules, as well as understanding entire molecular networks and cell interactions. In daily work, the latest methods and technologies are applied.


In the Master’s degree programme the focus is on experimental research. Two thirds of the time are used for practical work (two project theses of 12 weeks and a master thesis of six months duration). The experimental project work is complemented by various lectures. Students choose one of the ten specialisations listed below and attend the appropriate courses:

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

Credits ECTS: 90
Degree and title: Master of Science ETH in Biology

Unconditional transfer from:
ETH Bachelor's degree programme Biology (in German)
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Master's degree programme Biology

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