Within the Basel life science program, the Department of Environmental Sciences and its associates offer this comprehensive Master course for graduates with a background in biology or environmental sciences. The course builds upon the strength and leadership in functional ecology and conservation biology of the associated institutes and covers plant and animal sciences as well as ecosystem sciences. Course modules cover a wide spectrum of plant and animal ecology, ecosystem science and conservation biology, giving students the possibility of studying the interactions among organisms, between organisms and their environment, ecosystem processes and human influences on ecosystem integrity and biological diversity.
The Master of Science degree is a postgraduate degree that requires a successfully completed Bachelor’s program. The program awards 90 ECTS credits in total. The Master’s degree program Ecology 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. One ECTS credit point roughly equals 30 hours of studying.
The following degree allows for direct admission to the Master's degree program Ecology: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology from the University of Basel. Other Swiss or foreign degrees from an education institution recognized by the University of Basel have to be approved by the examination commission of the Faculty of Science.
The University of Basel currently collects CHF 850 in tuition fees per semester, along with CHF 10 for the student body.
Please note that there are also costs for books and, of course, your personal living expenses. The following list provides a general indication of monthly living expenses if you are not living at home with your family.
Rent (room, shared living space, student dormitory)
Minimum: CHF 400; Average: CHF 600
Food, household, clothing
Minimum: CHF 450; Average: CHF 600
Minimum: CHF 200; Average: CHF 300
Minimum: CHF 60; Average: CHF 90
Minimum: CHF 100; Average: CHF 150
Minimum: CHF 150; Average: CHF 220
Minimum: CHF 1500; Average: CHF 2100