Molecular and Cellular Biology

MSc Coordinators of the Master in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Prof. Dr. Francesca Peri (francesca.peri *

Prof. Dr. Darren Gilmour (darren.gilmour *

Study Coordinator

Dr. Karin Isler (studienkoordination *



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 (for a list of some potential research groups see below)
  10 ECTS Integrated Knowledge in Biology BIO 520
  00 ECTS Introduction to Scientific Writing BIO 338 (one day in September or February). 
  20 ECTS

Course work:

12 ECTS from the list below + 04 ECTS from within the area of Molecular and Cellular Biology + 04 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.

Compulsory modules:

12 ECTS of courses must be taken from this list:

BCH 252 03 ECTS RNA and Proteins: Post-Transcript. Regulation of Gene Expression
BCH 308 06 ECTS Experimentelle Biochemie
BIO 244 06 ECTS Signal Transduction and Cancer
BIO 245 06 ECTS Cell Signalling
BIO 246 06 ECTS Genome Instability and Molecular Cancer Research
BIO 260 06 ECTS Molecular Biology Course for Biology and Medicine
BIO 282 06 ECTS Methods in Molecular Plant Biology
BIO 286 06 ECTS Plant Sensing
BIO 317 06 ECTS Advanced Methods in Genomic and Cellular Manipulation
BIO 321 06 ECTS Modern Microscopy in Life Science Research
BIO 323 12 ECTS Modern Genetics und Genomics
BIO 348 06 ECTS Concepts of Modern Genetics
BIO 372 06 ECTS Virology: Pathogenesis and Control of Human Viruses
BIO 374 06 ECTS Virology: Biology of Virus Infection and Evolution
BIO 413 06 ECTS Genome Modification in the Mouse
BIO 430 06 ECTS Immunology
BIO 431 06 ECTS Cell Death, Inflammation and Immunity
BME 312 06 ECTS Epigenetics and Disease

Recommended modules:

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 06 ECTS Cell Biology of Viral Infections
BIO 332


Cell Cycle and Cell Proliferation
BIO 347 03 ECTS Concepts in Developmental Biology: from Cells to Animals
BIO 407 06 ECTS Practical Microscopy
BIO 446 06 ECTS Applied RNA Methodology
BME 331 06 ECTS Multiplexed Imaging
BME 363 06 ECTS Gene Therapy from Bench to Bedside

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

Final Exams - Instructions to students


Prof. Dr.  Bachmann-Gagescu
Prof. Dr. Basler Konrad
Prof. Dr. Baumgartner Martin
Prof. Dr. Bischof Sylvain
Prof. Dr. Brunner Damian
Prof. Dr. Gilmour Darren
Prof. Dr. Greber Urs
Prof. Dr. Grossniklaus Ueli
Prof. Dr. Hajnal Alex
PD Dr. Janscak Pavel
Prof. Dr. Lopes Massimo
Prof. Dr. Marra Giancarlo
Prof. Dr. Müller Anne
Prof. Dr. Müller Martin
Prof. Dr.  Pelkmans Lucas
Prof. Dr. Peri Francesca
Prof. Dr. Polymenidou Magdalini
Prof. Dr. Sartori Alessandro
Prof. Dr. Von Mering Christian
Prof. Dr. Zipfel Cyril