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The marriage between computation and biology will certainly be one of the most challenging areas in science and technology in the next 20 to 30 years. Prof. Dr. Gaston Gonnet

We would like to be able to understand biology in computational and mathematical terms in order to provide specialized care for every human. The possibilities of improving the quality of life by creating new treatments and drugs are enormous. Computational biology and bioinformatics is an extremely exciting area for people who want to do something new and challenging which has an impact on society and people’s lives.

Do you really need more reasons why you should join our CBB Master programme? Here are some more:

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ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich maintains the highest standards for education, fundamental research and applied results, creating value for society at large. The institution has asserted itself as one of the world’s most reputable universities for science and engineering.

Pioneering research

21 Nobel laureates, including Wilhelm Konrad Roentgen, Albert Einstein and Kurt Wuethrich, have studied, taught or pursued their research at ETH. Currently, over 450 professors seed and extend its superb reputation and scientific scores. Since its foundation in 1855, ETH has believed and invested in long-term and interdisciplinary research. It continually strives to bring some of the world’s brightest thinkers to Zurich, fostering a vibrant intellectual community for students. ETH promotes access to excellence and inspires through education.


Both departments embrace diversity and value courtesy, consideration for others, and individual responsibility. They offer a supportive and caring community. The faculty members are high-caliber experts in their domains, dedicated to improving public health. While computer science professors (based at the Zurich campus) cover the many facets of modern computing, from the underlying theory to the design of practical systems, those at D-BSSE (based at the Basel campus) focus on applications of computing to understand and engineer biological systems.

Potential to contribute something unique

Computer science pervades many areas of research and industry and plays a vital role in all aspects of society. At its heart, it is a discipline of problem solving. The department thus strives to achieve the highest possible quality by going broad and deep in its research and teaching. Three major factors ensure the value of ETH’s CBB degree: selectivity, rigor in the curriculum and close interaction with the department’s faculty.

University of Basel

Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is proud to be Switzerland’s oldest university. Still, today’s institution is very different to that of 1460. Over the centuries, it has evolved to become a regionally integrated, internationally respected research university with an extensive curriculum that enjoys an excellent position within the Life Sciences and other disciplines.

University and Life Sciences

The University of Basel is part of a unique partner network comprising research institutions, clinics and industrial companies. Life Sciences are the main focal area at the University of Basel, closely linked with Basel’s status as a center of pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Other thematic focal areas reflect factors such as Basel’s artistic and architectural offerings.


The Biozentrum is the largest department at the University of Basel’s Faculty of Science. The primary focus of this interdisciplinary institute is basic molecular and biomedical research and teaching. The Biozentrum holds a leading position nationally and internationally and closely networks with partners from the academic world and industry.

University of Zurich

The University of Zurich (UZH) with 26,000 enrolled students is Switzerland’s largest university. Founded in 1833, it was Europe’s first academic institution established by a democratic political system. Today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in German-speaking countries. Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the university offers a wide variety of Bachelor, Master and PhD programmes.

Interconnected and recognized

As a member of the «League of European Research Universities» UZH belongs to Europe’s most prestigious research institutions. Numerous distinctions highlight the university’s international reputation in the fields of clinical medicine, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology as well as in economics. To date, the Nobel Prize has been conferred on twelve UZH scholars.

Faculty of science

The faculty of science at UZH is one of Europe’s principal centers for research and teaching in the natural sciences. Several disciplines at the faculty are at the forefront of global competition and its scholars and scientists are affiliated with high-profile research projects. Members of the faculty hold leadership positions in various National Centers of Competence in Research – for instance, the NCCR Structural Biology – and have received a number of grants from the European Research Council in the area of life sciences.



Part of the world’s leading «BioValley»

The Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical industry plays a pivotal role in the global market. Their economic growth is based on the country’s exceptional strength in research and development as well as in its knowledge and technology transfer to the private sector. The highest academic quality and standards as well as excellent research infrastructure safeguard and expand this success.

Small country, big brands

Switzerland is a beautiful alpine country of lakes and rivers that lies close to the geographical heart of Europe. It is well known for its multilingual and lively cosmopolitan culture. Situated at a linguistic crossroads, four languages are actively spoken in Switzerland: German, French, Italian and Rhaeto-Romanic. Good knowledge of English can also be assumed.

Switzerland has less than 8 million inhabitants but is nevertheless one of the world’s most prosperous countries – and home to an impressive range of global brands.

Living in Basel

Basel is located where the French, German and Swiss borders meet and has a large English-speaking community. Its spirit of openness and its international flair are a key source of inspiration for Basel’s academic landscape.

The city of Basel is known as the cultural center of Switzerland and has a beautiful old town and unique location at the Rhein valley. Several international events, an active student population, and the trinational region combine to provide a wide range of recreational activities and a dynamic lifestyle.

Living in Zurich

Situated at the end of a picturesque lake, Zurich is a safe and clean city that regularly places first in world-wide rankings of living quality. It benefits from an impressive local transport network and its role as a hub in the well-developed Swiss federal railway system.

The city of Zurich has a metropolitan flair; an excellent array of cultural events, festivals and street parties ranging from traditional to decidedly nonconformist; an extensive range of sports facilities and other recreational offerings. Museums, music venues, art galleries, opera, theatre, and the avant-garde Dada movement are amply present in Zurich.

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