The Master in

is an advanced training program that allows students to follow theoretical courses, in English or French, in the first year according to a specialized orientation (see below). The Master's program puts particular emphasis on research work, with a two-month pre-internship in the first year, followed by a research project carried out in a laboratory or research group for a full year in the second year. The mathematics and physics orientations allow students to broaden their knowledge in one of these disciplines and to work on a multidisciplinary project.  

6 specialized orientations:

  • Molecular Biosciences, Genetics, Development and Evolution
  • Molecular Plant Sciences
  • Biodiversity and Systematics
  • Bioinformatics and Data Analysis in Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Programme length

2 years (4 semesters)

Languages of instruction

French, English

Conditions of registration

Admission Conditions

A Bachelor in Biology or an equivalent degree. Students are required to find a laboratory or group in which to conduct their research project.


Deadline for Fall Semester: 28 February 2023
(30 April 2023 for Swiss bachelor degree holders)

The Master in Biology

4 semesters (max. 8 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Electives or required courses, depending on the chosen stream (60 credits)
Research project and dissertation (60 credits)


Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at an external laboratory in order to complete their Master's degree.

Professional Prospects

The Master of Science in Biology leads to a number of professions both in Switzerland and abroad, including:

  • Fundamental and medical research in universities and public institutions
  • Scientific research and consulting in biotech and pharmaceutical companies
  • Biology teaching in middle school and high school
  • Scientific journalism
  • Scientific consulting in governmental or private organisations which finance research
  • Museums and botanical gardens
  • Ecology-oriented services

Contact information

Ms Audrey Bellier
T. +41 (0)22 379 66 56 (mondays)
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