Infection Biology, Spezialisierter Master

Master UH

Universität Basel UNIBAS


Allschwil (BL)




Universitäre Hochschulen UH

Zeitliche Beanspruchung



Gesundheit, Pflege, Medizin - Natur, Naturwissenschaften - Tiere


Biologie - Humanmedizin - Pharmazeutische Wissenschaften - Veterinärmedizin


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Aktualisiert 31.05.2022


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 MSc course in Infection Biology are the following:

  • To understand the phenomenon of infection and host-pathogen interaction from a molecular, immunological and cell-biological viewpoint.
  • To understand different concepts and approaches in drug and vaccine discovery and development.
  • 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-pathogen 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 Swiss TPH include Plasmodium parasites (malaria), African trypanosomes (sleeping sickness), Mycobacterium tuberculosis 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.

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

Students with a B Sc in a different branch will be assessed individually.

Students with a B Sc degree but insufficient mark can alternatively pass the GRE® General Test in the area of «Quantitative Reasoning» 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: www.bio.unibas.ch

Binding information under: www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/Application-Admission/Admission.html



Application under http://www.unibas.ch/anmeldung; 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.


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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

Praktische Hinweise

Ort / Adresse

  • Allschwil (BL)

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

see: MSc Infection Biology | Biologie | Bachelor- u. Masterstudien (unibas.ch)

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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.
Weitere Informationen

Reglemente der Fakultät

  • Ordnung für die Bachelor- und Masterstudiengänge sowie die Doktoratsstudien an der Philosophisch-Naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Universität Basel
  • Wegleitungen und allfällige Stundenpläne für die einzelnen Fächer sind auf den entsprechenden Websites veröffentlicht.


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).

Study counselors/course coordinators for the Master program Infection Biology

Coordinator: Prof. Till Voss, T +41 61 284 81 61, e-mail: till.voss@unibas.ch / till.voss@swisstph.ch

Co-Coordinator: Prof. Pascal Mäser, T +41 61 284 83 38, e-mail: pascal.maeser@unibas.ch / pascal.maeser@swisstph.ch

Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Kreuzstrasse 2, 4123 Allschwil, www.swisstph.ch  

Student Administration of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Mr. Pascal Gschwind, Kreuzstrasse 2, 4123 Allschwil, , T +41 61 284 83 60, www.swisstph.ch, e-mail: pascal.gschwind@swisstph.ch

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