The Master in

provides advanced training that focuses on a lab-based research project conducted over three semesters. Students also receive theoretical training, in English and French, in one of the specialisations (see below) or based on courses that the student selects in accordance with their chosen research project and specific interests (elective option).


  • General (electives) 
  • Specialisation:

            - Genetics, development and evolution
            - Bioinformatics and data analysis
            - Biodiversity and systematics
            - Molecular plant science

For your information, the Master's degree in biology is being reformed and will become, as of September 2022, a 120-credit Master's degree, i.e. 4 semesters of study, subject to approval by all competent authorities.
Refer to the website for possible changes for the start of the 2022 school year!

Programme length

1.5 years (3 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: 30 April 2022
(28 February 2022 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)

Deadline for Spring Semester:
30 November 2022
(30 September 2022 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)

The Master in Biology

3 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 90 ECTS credits
Electives or required courses, depending on the chosen stream (30 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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