Program Overview

  • 1.5 years

    Duration

  • 720 CHF/Semester

    Tuition Fees

  • Feb/April

    Application Deadline

  • Full Time

    Pace

  • On-Campus

    Delivery Mode

  • English

    Language

The Master's program in Biology aims to prepare students to become skilled scientific researchers. During this program, they'll learn to understand complex biological systems and recognize relevant problems in Biology. They'll be able to plan and conduct experiments using various techniques to address these problems. Students will also learn to conduct research independently for the Master's thesis. This way, the graduates will be ready to take on various projects and advance in their careers.

Career

The Master’s Degree in Biology will open many career opportunities for the graduates. During the years spent at UZH, the students will acquire skills and knowledge that will help them to advance in various fields, such as:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Chemical Pharmaceutical
  • Medical
  • Agrobiology
  • Food technology industries
  • Agriculture
  • Management
  • Public administration
  • Politics
  • Planning for nature conservation
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Research institutions
  • Laboratories and clinics
  • Scientific journalism

Key Facts

Autumn Semester

  • Application Deadline

    April 30. 2021

    National

  • Application Deadline

    Feb 28, 2021

    International

  • Credit 90 ECTS/3 semesters
  • Languages English
  • Delivery Mode On-Campus
  • Intensity Full Time/2 years

Admission Requirements

Minimum required score:

100
120

Minimum required score:

7
9

English Language Requirements

C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE))
C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE))

Formal Admission Requirement

  • Bachelor’s diploma or a degree that is at least equivalent from a state-accredited university.
  • Credits for any transferred coursework must also have been acquired at a state-accredited university.
  • The degree program must last at least three years (of regular full-time study: 180 ECTS credits or equivalent workload).
  • The diploma must be state-accredited (no equivalency certificates or university-internal confirmations of the successful completion of interim sections).
  • The diploma must grant entitlement to undertake a consecutive Master’s program at a state-accredited university in the relevant country.

Academic Admission Requirement

  • You must fulfill the requirements of the Master’s study program in question.
  • If these requirements are not fully met, additional requirements and/or conditions (in the form of Bachelor’s modules) may be imposed. P
  • Conditions must be met in a preparatory phase within the framework of your Master’s studies. 
  • Admission will not be granted if the coursework to be completed as additional requirements and/or conditions for all Master’s study programs of a Master’s degree program comes to more than 60 ECTS credits.
  • Faculties may impose additional requirements for admission to specialized Master’s study programs, for example, a minimum overall grade for the Bachelor’s degree and/or minimum grades for individual modules, a letter of motivation, or additional qualifications relevant to the studies in question.
  • Admission to a Master’s study program is generally not possible if you have previously completed studies with equivalent academic content.
  • Anyone who has been definitively expelled or barred from one or more study programs at the University of Zurich or another higher education institution is excluded from admission to the study program in question, and all study programs deemed similar by the faculty concerned, at all academic levels.

Master’s Program – Applicants with Swiss Qualification

Fact Sheet: Documents to Submit
When filling out the online application form, under the section “documents to submit” you’ll be asked
to upload the following documents relevant for your chosen study programs:

  • A signed declaration of consent
  • Current photo, in color, aspect ratio 3:4, image size at least 400×533 pixel
  • Copy of official identification (passport or ID, no residence permit)
  • CV
  • Upper secondary school-leaving certificate1
  • Please scan all pages of the document, incl. the Student ID Number (if existing).
  • Transcript of records, university diploma, and diploma supplement2
  • Confirmation of withdrawal from last higher education institution attended2
  • Proof of sufficient skills in the language of instruction

Master’s Program – Applicants with Foreign Qualification.

Fact Sheet: Documents to Submit

  • A signed declaration of consent
  • Current photo, in color, aspect ratio 3:4, image size at least 400×533 pixel.
  • Copy of official identification (passport or ID, no residence permit)
  • CV
  • Upper secondary school-leaving certificate
  • Transcript of records, university diploma, and diploma supplement
  • Proof of sufficient skills in the language of instruction
  • Transcript of records from mobility studies/exchange semester (If you have done mobility studies/exchange semester)

For further information regarding admission requirements, check the PDF files and the University of Zurich admission page.
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Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

  • National

    720 CHF/Semester

  • International Surcharge for foreign students at Master level is 100 CHF

    820 CHF/Semester

Living costs for Zurich

  • Living Costs

Funding

Financial Aid

Qualifying for a grant
  • This is your first course of study.
  • You are registered at the University of Zurich.
  • Your parents’ taxable income is not higher than CHF 86,000.– and their taxable assets are not above CHF 300,000.–.
  • You have exhausted all other sources of financial aid including parents, your own income, and cantonal grants.
  • You have already applied for aid in your parents’ canton of residence. Students from Germany have submitted a BAföG application for abroad.
  • You can prove good academic achievement at the University of Zurich within a reasonable period of time.
  • You will finish your studies before turning 45.
  • International students who are studying at UZH to obtain their master’s degree can only be financially supported by us if they have obtained their bachelor’s degree at a Swiss Institute of Higher Learning. The amount increases by CHF 6,000.– for each additional child.
Qualifying for a loan
  • You are registered at the University of Zurich.
  • You have exhausted all other sources of financial aid including parents, your own income, and cantonal grants.
  • You have only four or less semesters left to study.
  • You must submit a notarized guaranty. This can also be handed in when signing the contract.
  • You must be a Swiss citizen or have a C EC/EFTA residency permit.
  • You must finish your studies before turning 45.
Proving a case of hardship
  • You are, for no fault of your own, currently in financial straights.
  • You can realistically pay your debts within 6 months. Short-term credits serve to overcome temporary difficulties (for example, if you are waiting for your grant) and not to pay off debt. Debt collection will be enforced if payment is not punctual.

Study and living expenses for students

Living expenses depend very much on the individual student. These figures should therefore be regarded as a guideline only: (CHF)

Rent incl. heating 690
Additional expenses (telephone, internet, radio, and television fees) 140
Meals 450
Health insurance, insurance 100
Travel   95
Clothing, laundry, personal items 100
Leisure, spending money 150
AHV / IV   40
Tuition fees 130
Teaching materials 120

The expected minimum cost of living for students at the University of Zurich, therefore, comes to a total of CHF 2000 per month.

Getting a Student Visa

Since Switzerland is a part of the Schengen zone, a Schengen visa will win you the right to go to the country, but if you want to stay there as a student, you must take a few more steps. The procedures are different for EU/EFTA and non-EU/EFTA students.

After getting the acceptance letter, follows the process of setting an appointment with the Swiss embassy or consulate in your country. The procedure takes time, so make sure to set the appointment six months prior to your studying. The processing time for the short stay visas is around 10-15 days, and for long stay visas, eight to ten weeks.

For each document required, you have to provide the original along with three copies. The papers should be in English or in one of Switzerland’s national languages (German, French, Italian, or Romansh). If they are not in one of these languages, you will need a certified translation of those documents. 

Switzerland Student Visa Requirements

  • The completed and signed application forms for a long stay visa (D type) in one of the languages mentioned above. 
  • Passport – valid three months beyond the planned stay.
  • Four passport-size biometric photographs.
  • Letter of acceptance (certificate of enrollment) issued by a Swiss university.
  • Paid visa application fee. 
  • Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees (for the first year of your studies).
  • Proof of sufficient financial coverage: copies of bank statements or a letter from the bank provided by you or your supervisor. Funds are supposed to cover living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies).
  • Scholarship/Loan proof (if available) from an institution that proves that the scholarship or loan will cover all expenses for the study.
  • CV.
  • Letter of motivation, which should also include your professional plans for the future.

Submitting the Switzerland student visa application

After filling the application and completing all required documents, you should submit them in person at the Swiss embassy/consulate at the designated time of your appointment. Along with submitting your documents, you are required to pay the Swiss student visa application fee. 

After receiving your Swiss Student Visa

You may enter Switzerland after you receive a student visa. Within the first two weeks of arrival, you have to register at the local Residents Registration Office of your canton as well as visit the cantonal migration office in order to obtain a residence permit form.

B permit (a biometric card) is the type of residence permit for student stay. Prior to that, you will receive an attestation that allows you to open a Swiss bank account. It will take up to 8 weeks for your B permit to be processed. 

Student Visa Validity

The student visa or the B permit obtained in Switzerland initially is valid for one year. After one year, you have the option to extend it. However, updated proof of income is required in order for your student visa to be extended.

Protip

If you’re a student who wants to study in Switzerland but are not quite sure what are the steps of the student visa application process,  you are advised to read the following resources on Everything You Need To Know about getting a visa for Switzerland.

Work Permit

Find out all you need to know about work permit regulations for working part-time (during studies) and full-time (after graduation) in Switzerland.

Work while studying in Switzerland

For many international students in Switzerland, working while studying is an ideal option. Still, that is not recommended by some universities since it can distract and affect your academic work. With job boards and other advisory services, other schools facilitate job searches to help students. During the school year, students’ working hours are limited, and there are a few requirements they need to fulfill.

How many hours are international students allowed to work per week?

International students can work up to 15 hours a week in part-time jobs. But during semester holidays students can work full-time.

 

When are students allowed to start working?

Students from outside the EU/EFTA countries may start working only 6 months after starting their degree program.

Is there a work permit required for students working part-time?

Citizens from EU-27/EFTA states do not require authorization for short-term employment up to three months or 90 days per the calendar year. For an extended time, they will have to earn a residence permit. Third-country nationals are obliged to submit numerous documents to prove their eligibility for a work permit in Switzerland.

What job can I get as a student in Switzerland?

During your years as a student, there are many part-time jobs that you can do. For most students, employment in retail, restaurants, and others are sought-after options. However, a lack of language skills (in German, French, or Italian) can limit your employment chances. 

Work after graduation in Switzerland

Upon your graduation, you have the right to look for a permanent job in Switzerland. Prior to that, a residency permit that allows you to search for a job should be obtained. The permit is only valid for 6 months, and it cannot be extended.

What requirements do students need to fulfill in order to receive a residency work permit?

In order to receive the residency work permit, you have to provide proof that you:

  • Have graduated. 
  • Are financially able to support your say.
  • Have secured housing.

Are students allowed to work during this 6 months period?

During this six month period, graduates can work up to 15 hours a week. These rules do not apply for EU/EFTA nationals as they benefit from the freedom of movement under bilateral agreements.

How difficult is for international students to find a permanent job after graduation in Switzerland?

A non-EU/EFTA can get a job in Switzerland only if there are no qualified individuals from within the Swiss labour market or from an EU/EFTA state that apply for the position. Employers are required to show that they made “big efforts” to find qualified applicants from EU/EFTA countries or nationals who already have a permit to work. Furthermore, employers must show why those with priority to get the job were not suitable candidates for the position.

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