Education at a Glance

Studying Biology in Basel

Offering three different Bachelor of Science in Biology Majors and six subsequent Master’s courses, the University of Basel provides a wide range of degrees in biology.  The Bachelor of Science in Computational Sciences also opens the door to a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology.

The key science of the 21 century is biology. It opens a wide range of career perspectives, be it in research, teaching, communications or consulting, in the fields of medicine and biotechnology, in the pharmaceutical and food industry at universities or in government organizations.

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The Bachelor’s degree program takes three years and provides three majors: Molecular Biology, Animal and Plant Sciences and Integrative Biology. The program is jointly offered by the Biozentrum, the Department of Environmental Sciences and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute.

On the completion of the Bachelor’s degree, six possible Master’s programs are offered: Animal Biology, Epidemiology, Infection Biology, Molecular Biology, Ecology and Plant Science. The Biozentrum’s focus is on Molecular Biology. The Bachelor in Computational Sciences with a major in Computational Biology also provides direct access to the Master in Molecular Biology degree course. As a rule, the Bachelor‘s and Master’s degrees are recognized throughout Europe.

For many professions, it is advisable to complete a doctoral program. For a career in research, a PhD is necessary.

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But what does it take to study at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel? – Curiosity, problem solving skills, creativity, perseverance, a flair for science and, of course, a Swiss “Matura” or an equivalent recognized by Switzerland.

And what makes studying at the Biozentrum so special? – The early involvement of students in active research, the offered range of all the relevant research fields and methods in molecular biology, the modern technical infrastructure, the intensive and practical work oriented supervision, the international environment with researchers from 40 different nations, as well as the Biozentrum’s position as one of the world-wide leading institutes for basic molecular and biomedical research and teaching.