Advanced Studies

General information

The advanced studies curriculum follows the basic studies curriculum. In the advanced studies curriculum, students are able to pursue a specialization within biology. Students can take modules of the advanced studies curriculum during either their Bachelor's or their Master's degree course. Block courses and special lectures are key components of the advanced studies curriculum.
These are defined as core elective modules ("Wahlpflichtmodule") and are offered by the Department of Biology at the University of Zurich and the ETHZ with fully compatible timetabling. A number of modules are offered exclusively for students on the Master's degree course, these and prior conditions for certain modules are marked as such in the annotated course catalog of courses. To be admitted to a block course, students must have successfully completed all the compulsory modules of the basic studies curriculum.

 

Bachelor's degree course

The amount of compulsory core elective modules "Wahlpflichtgruppe 2 + 3" in the Advanced Studies BSc Biology depends on the chosen study programm (BSc 120, 150 or 180 ECTS).

  BSc 180 ECTS BSc 150 ECTS BSc 120 ECTS

Modules from "Wahlpflichtgruppe 2"

Block courses UZH spring fall

Block courses ETHZ spring fall

Research Internships

42 ECTS 36 ECTS 24 ECTS

Modules from "Wahlpflichtgruppe 3"

Concept courses ETHZ

Special lectures UZH spring fall

Excursions

Additional modules

As well as: BIO137, BIO148, BIO213, BIO236, BIO237, BIO370, BIO379, BIO391, BIO390 and BME247

13 ECTS 9 ECTS 6 ECTS
Remaining ECTS 5 ECTS elective modules from UZH or ETHZ Minor subject Minor subject

 

Master's degree course

In the Master's degree course of Biology, students must achieve min. 20 ECTS from course work according to their learning agreement. Of these 20 ECTS, 4 can be chosen freely (elective modules) and 16 should be advanced biology modules (core elective modules, "Wahlpflichtgruppen 2 or 3").

 

  MSc Major

Modules from "Wahlpflichtgruppe 2"

Block courses UZH spring fall

Block courses ETHZ spring fall

 

Modules from "Wahlpflichtgruppe 3"

Concept courses ETHZ

Special lectures UZH spring fall

Excursions

Additional modules

16 ECTS
Remaining ECTS 4 ECTS elective modules from UZH or ETHZ

 

Schedule

Advanced Studies shedule

The schedule of the advanced studies curriculum allows to combine lectures with up to four block courses per semester.
Special lectures, concept courses ETHZ and seminars:
are held on Mondays and Tuesday mornings.


Block courses:
are held three and a half days per week (Tuesday noon to Friday evening) for a period of three and a half weeks and are awarded 6 ECTS (12 ECTS for a 7 weeks course).

"Blockkurs" attendance is compulsory

The attendance and active participation in the allocated Biology block courses of the University of Zurich is compulsory. A swap or change of the courses after the allocation is not possible due to the scheduling and organisation. Therefore, the attendance of the allocated courses is the prerequisite of assessing the acacemic achievement. Furthermore, non-attendance of several days is not possible.

 

Registration of "Blockkurse" and other courses

Students wishing to attend block courses on the advanced studies curriculum must register online within the appropriate deadline.
Term of application:
17 December 2018 until 7 January 2019 (publication of the allocation: 6 February 2019)
Go to registration

Students should book all other lectures, courses and modules (e.g. special lectures) of the advanced studies curriculum via booking tool.

 

Cancelation of courses

If you are unable to participate in a course for which you have been assigned a place, it is highly important that you inform the module coordinator of the respective course at the latest two weeks prior to course start. Otherwise, the course will be registered as failed in your academic record.

 

"Blockkurs" assignment

To be admitted to a block course, students must have successfully completed all the compulsory modules of the basic studies curriculum.

For certain courses there are specific requirements requested which are specified in the course catalogue of the University of Zurich (VVZ). Please always check if you fulfill all requirements for your continuing studies prior to your registration. Supposing you miss prerequisites for an already allocated course and for this reason are not allowed to participate in the course would result in your Academic Record as a failed course.

The module coordinator of a Block course (UZH) in accordance with the Academic support office is responsible for the allocation of the students. There is no guarantee to be assigned to a block course.

Priority is given to Master’s students who have the course listed in their learning agreement, and to Bachelor students who have not yet completed the necessary number of courses for their Bachelor's degree. Further, applicants are prioritized according to achievement in the basic studies curriculum modules and completion of other academic work and modules to specifically qualify for the course.

Students who presumably will have completed the basic studies curriculum prior to course start will be assigned a place dependent on availabilities.

On overbooked courses of the UZH, students from the ETHZ will be granted 10% of the available places. The same arrangement applies vice versa for ETHZ courses.

 

Research Internships

Research internships cannot be booked. Students should arrange an internship with a research group leader (supervisor) and the person in charge of the module. Once a student has completed the internship, the supervisor will notify the academic support office in writing of the grade achieved and the number of credits to be awarded. For external research internships please see internships abroad.

 

Assessment of modules in the Advanced Studies

Examination: Modules of the advanced studies curriculum of Biology are graded and assessed by an oral or written examination or other form of assessment during the course or shortly thereafter. The person in charge of the module (module coordinator) is responsible for the examinations or other forms of assessment and for issuing the grades. If you are unable to participate in an exam, it is highly important that you inform the module coordinator of the respective course. The module coordinator decides about the further proceeding.
Repetition: The module coordinator decides whether a failed module needs to be retaken as a whole or whether it is possible to repeat only the exam or assessments. For each module one resit of a failed exam is possible. If a core elective module ("Wahlpflichtmodul") is failed twice over, students may substitute a different module for the failed one. The substitution of elective modules (“Wahlmodule”) is unlimited.