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Studium Biologie Master Studies

Molecular and Cellular Biology

MSc Coordinator of the Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology

MSc Coordinator of the Microbiology Master: Prof. Dr. Christian Lehner

Study Coordinator of the MSc in Biology: Dr. Karin Isler



The fundamental processes of life take place at the level of cells with major contributions by nucleic acids and proteins. The MSc degree focus on "Molecular and Cellular Biology" sets out to enable students to understand how processes in cells are controlled by regulated gene activity, starting at the level of DNA down to protein networks and their interactions with other cellular components (lipid membranes, metabolites). Molecular and Cellular Biology has close links with biochemistry, molecular genetics and developmental biology.
Students gain insight into a wide range of methods and biological issues in a number of block courses in Molecular and Cellular Biology, including gene expression, signal transduction and cancer. They can combine these modules with courses chosen according to the subject of their Master's thesis.



A Learning Agreement has to be worked out at the start of the MSc (see Learning Agreement - instructions to students).

60 ECTS Master´s thesis BIO 501 (60 ECTS; for a list of some potential research groups see below)
10 ECTS Integrated Knowledge in Biology BIO 520 (10 ECTS),
00 ECTS Introduction to Scientific Writing BIO 338 (0 ECTS, one day in September or February). 

Course work:
12 ECTS from the list below

4 ECTS from within the area of Molecular and Cellular Biology

4 ECTS free choice (entire course offer at UZH and ETHZ); these courses can be from within the field of Molecular and Cellular Biology, but they do not have to be.

  12 ECTS of courses must be taken from this list:
BIO 260 Molecular Biology Course for Biology and Medicine (6 ECTS), should already be taken at Bachelor level
BIO 244 Signal Transduction and Cancer (6 ECTS)
BIO 245 Cell Signalling (6 ECTS)
BIO 246 Genome Instability and Molecular Cancer Research (6 ECTS)
(Note: BIO 257 is a pre-requisite for BIO 246)
BIO 282 Methods in Molecular Plant Biology (6 ECTS)
BIO 286 Plant Sensing (6 ECTS)
BIO 317 Advanced Methods in Genomic and Cellular Manipulation (6 ECTS)
BIO 321 Microscopy in Cell and Developmental Biology (6 ECTS)
BIO 323 Modern Genetics and Genomics (12 ECTS)
BIO 348 Concepts of modern Genetics (6 ECTS)
BIO 372 Virology: Methods in Molecular Biology, Pathogenesis, and Control of Human Viruses (6 ECTS)
BIO 374 Virology: Biology of Virus Infection and Evolution (6 ECTS)
BIO 413 Genome Modification in the Mouse (6 ECTS)
BIO 430 Immunology (6 ECTS)
BIO 431 Cell Death, Inflammation and Immunity (6 ECTS)
BCH 308 Experimental Biochemistry (6 ECTS)
BCH 252 RNA and Proteins: Post-Transcript. Regulation of Gene Expression (3 ECTS)

Students who have completed all the courses listed above prior to starting on their Master's degree should select courses equivalent to 12 credit points from the following list:

BIO 322 Cell Biology of Viral Infections (6 ECTS)
BIO 332 Cell cycle and cell proliferation (2 ECTS)
BIO 347 Concepts in Developmental Biology: from Cells to Animals (3 ECTS)
BIO 407 Practical Microscopy (6 ECTS)

Master's thesis in Molecular and Cellular Biology: Module BIO 501.

Final Exams - Instructions to students


Weiterführende Informationen

Recommendation for interested BSc students:

Recommended core elective modules during your Bachelor's degree program if you plan to take the Master's degree course in "Molecular and Cellular Biology":

CHE 153, CHE 154, CHE 155, BCH 202, BCH 205, BIO390, PHY 128, MAT 141, STA 120