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Master Program in Biostatistics


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Master Program in Biostatistics

Biostatistics as a scientific discipline is driven by a strong interaction between problems from biomedical research and rigorous mathematical analysis. Complex scientific challenges require the development of new and appropriate statistical methods. Currently such challenges emerge, for example, in environmental and infectious disease epidemiology, personalized and evidence-based medicine and especially in the rapidly expanding fields of molecular life sciences, e.g. genomics, proteomics, epigenomics.

The Master Program in Biostatistics leads to a so called "specialized" master, implying that it is a useful and direct continuation of a bachelor degree in all fields that include quantitative aspects. It is based on the cooperation between the Institute of Mathematics and the Department of Biostatistics of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute of the University of Zurich (UZH) and offers the only - to date - specialized program for the training of biostatisticians in Switzerland.

Carreer outlooks for biostatisticians are generally excellent, as for statisticians and professionals with quantitative skills in general. Graduates of the program will be highly qualified for an occupation at universities or research institutes and in the pharmaceutical industry. See Links for job offers.

Excellent graduates can continue their studies within the PhD Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, which is part of the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

Applications for Spring 2018

Applications for Spring 2018 are due September 15 2017, see Admission Procedure for details.


Note: spring enrollment is possible but not optimal, please contact the coordinator for more information.


Interested students enrolled at UZH please contact the coordinator regardless of deadlines.


June 2nd 2017: BBQ!

Student Profiles

Michael Hediger, BSc in Biology (UZH), Master student in Biostatistics

As a biology student I soon realized that natural science is all about testing hypotheses. One major part of doing science includes experimental design, data preparation, data analysis and data interpretation.  [...]

Results of November 2016 student opinion survey