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Biochemistry, B.Sc.

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  • 36 months
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Biochemistry is a scientific discipline at the interface of chemistry and biology. Biochemstry attempts to describe, reconstruct and even furhter develop, on a chemical and physical level, molecular processes occuring in living nature. The results of research in biochemistry help understand molecular causes of diseases on an atomic and quantitative level. Pharmaceutical research and development build up on fundamental biochemical findings. 

If you take much pleasure in molecular biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, if you are interested in applying your knowlege to anserer biological and medical questions and if you have a flair for experimental laboratory work, then biochemistry is the perfect synthesis. 

The Biochemistry Department from University of Zurich especially emphasizes structure-function relationships: the structural and functional analysis of membrane proteins, the exploration of protein folding down to the level of a single molecule, the directed evolution of proteins by protein engineering, the structural and functional description of macromolecular complexes, the investigation of protein aggregation in silico and in vitro. 

The degree programme biochemistry oft the University of Zurich benefits from this research focus: in a profiled curriculum sound fundamental knowledge and guiding research knowledge are instructed suited to the students’ level of training. 

Career options:

But, results of biochemical research are furthermore found in biotechnology, in envirnmental protection, in nutrition industry, and very likly in informatics in the near future. And, gradually biochemistry will become a key area when chemical processes have to be rendered less harmful to the environment. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • German
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Living processes 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Molecular biology. 
  • lower-level studies in biochemistry 

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General Requirements

  • A non-Swiss upper secondary school-leaving certificate gained in a signatory state to the Lisbon Recognition Convention that corresponds only partly to a Swiss upper secondary school-leaving certificate in terms of the educational content and duration of education
  • Complementary Examination set by the Swiss Higher Education Institutions (ECUS)
  • Anyone who holds a non-Swiss upper secondary school-leaving certificate gained in a state which has not signed the Lisbon Recognition Convention must generally also pass the complementary examination set by the Swiss higher education institutions (ECUS) to be admitted to a Bachelor’s study program. 
  • Country-Specific Admission Requirements
  • Proof of Admission

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1292 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 646 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Tuition fee is 720 CHF per semester

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1920 - 2580 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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