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

Except for the Physics and Mathematics orientations where some mandatory courses are in French.

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 candidates that hold a foreign bachelor's degree: 28 February 2024
(30 April 2024 for candidates that hold a Swiss bachelor's degree at the start of the next academic year AND, according to their nationality, are not subject to a visa for entry into Switzerland for more than 90 days, according to Swiss government requirements and regardless of their current place of residence, or for candidates holding a Swiss residence permit that is valid beyond 30 April.)

The Master in Biology

4 semesters (max. 8 semesters) | 120 ECTS credits
Elective or mandatory courses according to the chosen orientation and pre-internship (60 credits)
Research project and dissertation (60 credits)

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, etc

Contact information

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