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University of Basel

Molecular Biology Degree: Master

This Master’s degree program is offered by the Biozentrum of the University of Basel. It provides direct access to modern molecular biology research. The Biozentrum Basel conducts research and teaching at the international top level in a working atmosphere which equally promotes professional and personal development. The core activity of the Master’s degree is a supervised practical research project of at least 12 months length. In parallel, the students attend lectures to strengthen their knowledge in their area of specialization. The possible areas of specialization are Biochemistry, Biophysics, Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Infection Biology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Pharmacology, Structural Biology and Cell Biology. The students reach their Master’s degree by demonstrating their capacity to conduct a scientific research project and by presenting the results of their work in both written and oral form.


Focal area of teaching and research

Research at the Biozentrum Basel embraces a wide range of topics and techniques, following the overarching intent to understand the molecular organization of living organisms. The research is concerned with structure and function of macromolecules, the wiring of regulatory circuits, as well as identifying general principles underlying complex biological systems and their dynamic interactions. Research at the Biozentrum is structured along five focal areas of investigation: Growth & Development, Infection Biology, Neurobiology, Structural Biology & Biophysics and Computational & Systems Biology. These research areas share concepts and technologies and act in a synergic and collaborative manner. New relevant questions often arise at the interface between the research areas, while innovative solutions arise from the individual technical. The Master’s degree program has been designed to meet all requirements of modern biological research.

Course structure

The Master degree program Molecular Biology is a postgraduate “mono-course” degree consisting of one core subject. It requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s degree and awards a total of 90 ECTS credits. One ECTS credit point corresponds to approximately 30 hours of study.

Master of Science (90 ECTS)
Molecular Biology

Combination of subjects

The degree programs at the Faculty of Science generally consist of an in-depth subject with the possible addition of a second elective subject. The Master’s degree program Molecular Biology is a “mono-course” and does not include an elective subject.

Career opportunities

After successfully completing their Master degree the graduates can study further for a doctoral qualification or follow a profession in all fields of life sciences. Biology is a subject that covers many disciplines and the career opportunities include research and related activities in the fields of medicine, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. The practical advantages of the subject are found not only in basic research but also, increasingly, in business, society and politics. Numerous jobs are on offer to biology graduates, within the university and also in private industry, government service, schools and organizations, be it as researchers, communicators, teachers or advisors. For these reasons, biology can rightly be considered as this century's key science.

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