The School of Biology hosts three Master programmes — Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation; Molecular Life Sciences; and Medical Biology. Each Master programme proposes two research projects to its students: a “First-step” project of about 15 credits during the first semester in the fall and a Master thesis project of 45 credits during the second and third semesters.
The table below describes the steps involved in the assignment of research projects to the students.
Teachers propose both First-step and Master thesis projects through an informatics system in the UNIL administrative web application SylviaAcad before the academic year begins. Using the same web application students make selections of both First-step and Master thesis projects at different times during the fall semester.
Note that to ensure a good balance between proposed First-step and Master thesis projects teachers must propose a First-step project to be able to propose a Master thesis project. Also, students are not permitted to perform their First-step and Master thesis projects under the same director.