The University of Basel offers a wide variety of specialization programs in Computational Sciences within existing Master curricula:
Computational Biology is studied at the M.Sc. level in the Master's degree program in Molecular Biology. This program generally takes three semesters to complete and it has at its core supervised practical work lasting one year. Students concentrate primarily on their Master's thesis but also attend lectures to deepen their knowledge in molecular biology. The Biozentrum offers many lectures in biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, developmental biology, genetics, immunology, infection biology, microbiology, neurobiology, pharmacology, structural biology and cell biology.
A new Master program, Master Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, will start in fall 2017 as a joint Master between the ETH Zürich, the University Zürich and the University of Basel.
The master program in Computational Chemistry allows students to choose from a broad range of lecture courses in various computational and natural science disciplines, including: Atomistic simulation techniques, electronic structure, computational biology, algorithms, pharmaceutical and medicinal chemistry. Master Thesis topics range from highly quantum systems (ultracold molecules) to protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions. Furthermore, master theses in collaboration with local pharmaceutical industries are an attractive possibility.
The master program in mathematics offers different advanced modules where students specialize and gain a deeper understanding of a particular topic. Students interested in computational mathematics will preferably select the modules Analysis and Numerical analysis, both centered about the common theme of partial differential equations. Moreover, they may freely choose additional courses from applied mathematics, physics or computer science.
The master program in physics gives to the students a lot of freedom to select various courses. Students with an inclination towards computational topics can therefore preferentially select master courses in the field of computational condensed matter physics, computational astrophysics and high performance computing.
Students with a BSc in Computational Sciences from University of Basel are admitted to the Master program corresponding to their Major as well as to the Master Program in Computer Science.
Students with a BSc in Computational Sciences, Major in Computational Biology from University of Basel are admitted to the Biozentrum's Master program in Molecular Biology. Within this program, a special track in Computational Biology is offered.