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Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM)

Description, aims and objectives | Degrees awarded | Useful links

Faculty website in French
Faculty of Biology and Medicine
University of Lausanne
UNIL - Bugnon
Rue du Bugnon 21
CH-1011 Lausanne


Phone: ++41 (0)21 692 5045
Fax: ++41 (0)21 692 5005

Description, aims and objectives

The research and teaching of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine cover three distinct disciplines that share the same interest in living beings, thus offering three complementary approaches and cultures. Biology studies nature in all its forms and focuses its academic activity on fundamental research. Medicine and Nursing Science focus on human beings in their entirety, whether in good health or suffering physically or mentally. Their activities are oriented towards care for the sick and clinical research.

Teaching in these three fields offers many opportunities for inter-disciplinary collaboration. Holders of a BSc in Biology interested in human biology and the biology of diseases now have the possibility of studying these areas with a medical orientation as part of a Master's degree. Conversely, holders of a Master of Medicine degree interested in fundamental research can develop their knowledge of the fundamental disciplines of biology by studying for a PhD in Medicine and Sciences (MD-PhD). Lastly, through the "Gateway" programme, undergraduates can study for the Master of Medicine degree after completing a preparatory degree: Bachelor, Master, or a PhD in Biology or Bioengineering. Holders of a degree in Nursing Science can consolidate their training and become healthcare experts.

At the Doctoral School, responsible for third cycle studies, biologists and physicians have collaborated closely for many years. Many doctoral theses in Life Sciences are prepared in the basic or medical research laboratories. Thus, medical research benefits from the technical skills and medical platforms developed by fundamental biology, but the flow is bi-directional.

These synergies now extend to Nursing Science, since UNIL became the second university in the French-speaking world to offer a doctorate in this field back in 2008.

Degrees awarded



Masters of Advanced Studies


° programmes taught entirely or partially in English

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The Faculty’s Major Assets...

> a School of Medicine whose curriculum is fully attuned to the requirements of the Bologna system and which in future will train a growing number of medical graduates to satisfy the needs expressed by the Swiss federal authorities to cope with the shortage of doctors

> a School of Biology offering a complete curriculum for biologists, with an entirely revised Bachelor of Science in Biology and three Masters reflecting the key strengths of biology

> a Doctoral School offering five doctoral disciplines with associated thematic programmes

> advanced expertise in research, including fundamental biology, biomedical research, translational research and applied clinical research

> Nursing Sciences at the University strives to develop the discipline to ensure the renewal of healthcare practices on a scientific basis

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