This Master program of the University of Zurich is open to outstanding students, who wish to obtain a Ph.D. degree in the Life Sciences. Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Biology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or applied Mathematics, and must have obtained admission for a regular (consecutive) Master’s program at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich.
The program offers a comprehensive and challenging education in a broad range of research fields in Life Sciences. The title to be conferred is "Master in Life Sciences". All courses are taught in English. Students in the Fast Track Master’s program in life sciences will follow the curriculum in one of the following Master’s program concentrations:
Master of Science in Biochemistry further information
Master of Science in Biology offering 16 concentrations:
- Behavioural Sciences
- Cancer Biology
- Developmental Biology
- Human Biology
- Molecular and Cellular Biology
- Plant Sciences
- Quantitative Biology and Systembiology
- Systematics and Evolution
In addition to the courses offered by the Master concentrations, fast-track students may attend other courses offered by the University of Zurich, in particular those of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.
After successfully completing the Master’s program, students must apply to one of the PhD programs of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School. Students can integrate the results obtained during the Master’s project into their PhD thesis, potentially shortening the duration of their PhD studies by about one year.
Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in in Biology, Biomedicine, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics or applied Mathematics, and must have obtained the admission for a regular (consecutive) Master’s program at the Faculty of Science of the University of Zurich. Additionally, applicants have to fulfill the following requirements:
- The average grade achieved during the Bachelor’s program must be equivalent to at least a 5.0 in the Swiss grading system;
- A minimum of 30 ECTS credits obtained during the Bachelor studies are from the field chosen as the Master’s program concentration, in which academic achievement has been excellent;
- At least 8 ECTS credits were earned in mathematics;
- Proof of extracurricular activities in Life Sciences (e.g. attending Biology Undergraduate Summer School, previous participation in research projects)
- Proof of competence in English (see: recognized English certificates). For native English speakers or applicants who completed a Swiss Matura, language competence will be evaluated during the interview.
During the advanced studies of their Bachelor degree program at UZH, or during the first year of their regular (consecutive) Masters degree program at UZH, students interested in entering the Fast Track Master’s program in Life Sciences first need to find a host group, in which they wish to perform their combined Master and PhD projects.
Once the prospective Master thesis supervisor has sent a written confirmation to the program coordinator supporting the student’s participation in the Fast Track Master program and guaranteeing employment according to the guidelines for Ph.D. students, candidates may apply to the Fast Track Program.
Applicants must send a letter of motivation, their CV and academic record, as well as two letters of reference to the program coordinator.
Based on these documents, candidates will be selected for a personal interview by the admission committee, in which they present a paper or research project. The interview will consist of questions about the applicant’s general background in Biology and related fields as well as their specific knowledge in their area of interest.
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