General information

Requirements and enrolment steps

Students who have successfully completed their Bachelor degree program in Biology at UZH can choose a consecutive Masters concentration (application for a direct entry via the semester enrolment) or apply to a specialised Masters program (requiring an application at the specific program, admission based on specific criteria). 


Students with a Bachelor degree from an university other than the University of Zurich must apply online at UZH. All information about the application procedure, deadlines and fees are given there. Questions must be addressed to the admissions office of UZH. For admission, a degree which is equivalent to a BSc in Biology at UZH is required. To be considered equivalent, the study program of your BSc must be similar in content, scope and quality to the respective UZH program, and the university at which you obtained the degree must be of equivalent standing (e.g. QS ranking). This is very strict, and usually less than 5% of applicants from outside Switzerland get admission, mostly with one semester of conditions/additional requirements to fulfill before starting the Masters. The chances of being admitted do not depend on the chosen concentration.

Mono or combination of Major and Minor

Mono Major Minor combination

The MSc program in Biology comprises either 90 or 120 credit points (120 ECTS = 90 ECTS major and 30 ECTS minor). The structure and content of the major are the same in both cases. Depending on the choice of the concentration, specific modules are mandatory. Students who did their BSc at UZH usually have completed some or all of these mandatory modules during their BSc. For their MSc course work, they choose other courses from the list of recommended modules. Further information on required courses are listed at the respective Master's concentrations.

See the module lists under the Advanced Studies MSc Major Biology

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)


Additional modules

15 ECTS, depending on the specific regulations of each concentration
Remaining ECTS 5 ECTS elective modules from UZH or ETHZ (can also be chosen from Biology modules)