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Infection Biology (Infektionsbiologie), Spezialisierter Master

Master UH

Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

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Basel (BS)




Universitäre Hochschulen UH

Zeitliche Beanspruchung



Natur, Naturwissenschaften


Life Sciences und Biotechnologie



Aktualisiert 07.01.2016


Beschreibung der Fachrichtung

The Specialized Master’s degree program in Infection Biology at the University of Basel is run by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH), an internationally recognized center for public health excellence. Infection biology focuses on host-pathogen interactions and aims to understand the mechanisms through which viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites colonise their hosts and cause disease. Infection biologists study molecular, cellular, metabolic or immunological aspects of pathogen biology and infection, try to elucidate mechanisms and evolution of drug resistance and immune evasion, or investigate dynamics of transmission and infection in the field. Knowledge gained from studying these and other aspects of infection biology provides the basis for the development of novel diagnostic tools, drugs and vaccines for improved prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Beschreibung des Angebots

Focal area of teaching and research

The main goals of the M Sc course in Infection Biology are the following:

  • To understand the phenomenon of infection from a molecular, immunological and cell-biological viewpoint.
  • To understand host-parasite interactions and be able to suggest control measures.
  • To understand basic concepts in bioinformatics and acquire skills for computational data analyses.
  • To have a good understanding of molecular, cellular and epidemiological methods for the analysis of host-parasite interactions.
  • To be able to plan and carry out laboratory experiments in order to address a scientific hypothesis, to analyze the results and to report them orally and in writing.
  • To obtain an overview on the current research literature in areas of infectious diseases.

The major pathogens studied in the research laboratories at SwissTPH include Plasmodium parasites (malaria), African trypanosomes (sleeping sickness), Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Mycobacterium ulcerans (Buruli ulcer) and various parasitic worms (helminthic diseases).

Course structure

The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The Specialized Master’s degree program Infection Biology awards 90 ECTS credits and is a so called mono-course consisting of only one core subject. Supervised practical work over the course of one year constitutes the core of the studies.

Aufbau der Ausbildung

One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.

Curriculum master studies ECTS
Specialized Master’s degree program Infection Biology
Master’s thesis 50
Master’s examination 10
In-depth professional studies 30
Total 90


The degree programs at the Faculty of Science are generally mono-courses with the possible addition of an in-depth subject and an elective subject. The Specialized Master’s degree program Infection Biology includes an elective subject; however, no other subjects are required.
It is possible to study biology in combination with a second subject from the Faculty of Humanities or the sports sciences (see UNI INFO “Biologie - ausserfakultäres Fach”).
The professional exam for the teaching diploma for secondary schools requires a Master’s degree in one or two subjects (i.e. biology). At least one of the two subjects has to be successfully completed at a Master’s level. For the second subject at least 90 ECTS credits have to be awarded in consultation with the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) and the teaching commission of the respective subject. The mandatory courses in biology are stated in the appendix of the guidelines to the Bachelor studies in biology.




The following degrees of a Swiss University allow for direct admission to the Specialized Master's degree program Infection Biology: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology or BSc in Biochemistry or BSc in Medicine or BSc in Veterinary Medicine or BSc in Pharmaceutical Sciences; minimum average mark of 5.0 for all BSc degrees and basic knowledge in infection biology/microbiology of at least 4 CP are required.

Students with a BSc in a different branch will be assessed individually.

Students with a BSc degree but insufficient mark can alternatively pass the GRE test in the area of “Quantitative Reasoning” or pass the GRE® subject test “Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology” or pass the GRE® subject test “Biology” all with a score in the top 35 % (GRE = Graduate Record Examinations®).

BSc degrees from other Swiss or foreign universities are also eligible but have to be approved by the respective teaching committee of the Faculty of Science.

Further information and regulations can be found in the study regulation and the guidelines for the master’s degree program Infection Biology:
Binding information under:



Application under; the application fee amounts to CHF 100.-. Application deadline for the fall semester is April 30.
Students of the University of Basel see > Semester Registration. Application deadline is published there.


The letter of admission also informs students on the procedure of enrollment. In general, students with a Swiss educational background do not have to be present in person for enrollment.


Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


Die Anmeldegebühr von CHF 100.- wird nicht rückerstattet, falls das Studium nicht aufgenommen wird.
Begründete verspätete Anmeldungen erfordern eine Zusatzgebühr von CHF 150.-


Pro Semester (auch für Prüfungssemester) ist eine Pauschale von CHF 850.- (+ CHF 10.- freiwilliger Beitrag für die Studierendenschaft skuba) einzuzahlen.
Hinzu kommen je nach Fachrichtung noch Auslagen für Studienliteratur sowie Lebenshaltungskosten.


  • Master Universitäre Hochschule UH

Master of Science: MSc in Infection Biology

Leistungskontrollen / Prüfungen

Student performance is assessed through course accompanying certificates, proof of course participation according to study contracts, a Master's thesis and through master's examinations.



A Master’s degree in Infection Biology builds the basis for doctoral studies (PhD) in the Life Sciences including biochemistry, biophysics, botany, computational biology, genetics, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, structural biology, cell biology or zoology. Transfaculty doctorates are possible in the fields of epidemiology, medical-biological research, pharmacology or the history of natural sciences.

The doctoral studies usually take three to four years and are completed with a written thesis and oral exam covering the postgraduate studies in the doctoral subject.

Teaching diploma for secondary schools

The teaching diploma enables teaching within the general school system at the Secondary Level II and is based on the academic degree at Master’s level of a university in one or two subjects. In addition, two semesters of vocational training at the school for teacher education at FHNW have to be completed. The diploma does not require a Master's degree in a second subject; however, a second Master’s degree may improve future career options. Details are to be found in UNI INFO «Lehrdiplom für Maturitätsschulen». Also see: 2

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Basel (BS)

Zeitlicher Ablauf


The program begins in the fall semester.


The Master’s program takes three semesters. There are no restrictions on the duration of study.

Zeitliche Beanspruchung

  • Vollzeit


  • Englisch

The language of instruction is English. The Master’s thesis is written in English.


Guidelines and regulations


Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Tag der offenen Tür

Im Januar findet ein Infotag für Schulklassen statt.
Jeweils im September stellen sich die einzelnen Fächer an den Informationsabenden für Maturand/innen ("Live aus der Uni Basel") vor.
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Reglemente der Fakultät

Auskünfte / Kontakt

Questions regarding the study of Infection Biology can be discussed personally at the Student Administration Office of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (registration via email or phone).

Student Administration

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Mrs. Christine Mensch, Socinstrasse 57, 4002 Basel, Tel.: +41 (0)61 284 82 89


Universität Basel > Philosophisch-naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät

Studienberatung Basel

Steinengraben 5, 4051 Basel
T +41 61 207 29 29/30


Studiensekretariat der Universität

(Anmeldung und Zulassung)
Petersplatz 1, 4001 Basel
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