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Studies (Bachelor)

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Geographic and thematic mobility



Studies (Bachelor)

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  • What is the failure rate in the first year of biology?

    In recent years, the average number of students beginning a Bachelor curriculum hovers around 250 students. The success rate of this first year is about 40%.
    As of the second year, the success rate is over 80%.

    In the first year, much of the success depends on so-called basic disciplines (chemistry, mathematics...). Students who have obtained another type of Maturité than the type “chemistry-biology” or “mathematics-physics” will have to make up for the basic science concepts they lack the at the start of the courses.  

Studies (Master)

  • What Master can we do at the School of Biology of the University of Lausanne?

    The School of Biology provides three Masters degrees of Science in biology, the content of which focuses on the main strengths of biological research at the University of Lausanne:
    Evolutionary biology: MSc in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation (BEC)
    Medical Biology: MSc in Medical Biology (MB)
    Genomics: MSc in Molecular Life Sciences (MLS), and the possibilities of distinction in bioinformatics, in microbiology or in integrative biology.

    These Masters provide specialised theoretical and practical courses, closely integrated in the research groups of Lausanne. Of particular importance is the personal research work (or "Master thesis") that will really confront the students with the conducting of an experiment throughout one year that will allow one to acquire methodology and research techniques, and to experience the writing and defence of a thesis. 

    The language for teaching of these 3 masters is english.

  • When and how to register for a Master of the School of Biology ?

    To be allowed to register for one of the three Masters of the School of Biology at the University of Lausanne, it is necessary to hold a Bachelor degree of Science in Biology or in a field considered equivalent.

    Lausanne students can register by filling an application form for transfer to a Master (see website for registrations in the University of Lausanne). All other applications must be made on the basis of the record of achievement at school to the Service des immatriculations et inscriptions of the University of Lausanne.

    The registration deadline appears on the homepage of each Master.

    The other candidates may be asked to take additional training prior to entering the chosen Master during maximum one year to complete their curriculum with the courses required for the Master’s curriculum.

  • What is the share given to individual research within the framework of the Masters of the School of Biology?

    In the three Masters offered by the School of Biology, the share of individual research intensifies from the first to the third semester.
    During the first semester, students learn the methods and techniques necessary for laboratory experiments in the context of an introductory personal work (first step project). This supervised practical work represents about 50% of the teaching time of the first semester. From the second semester, students start their Master thesis work, within a research group linked to the Master. The time spent on this work goes from 50% at the beginning of the second semester to 100% in the third semester. 

  • What are the career opportunities after obtaining a Master in Biology ?

    The School of biology follows its graduates since 2008, the results are available on this link.

    The Swiss association for university orientation (ASOU) has been conducting for some years a statistical report on the situation of graduates from the Swiss universities, one year after their graduation:

Development of the situation of biologists for years 1981 -> 2007


Geographic and thematic mobility

  • What is the best period of my studies to go on mobility?

    Students interested in going on mobility are encouraged to do it during the third year of their curriculum of Bachelor. The plans of mobility leave must be substantiated and documented, meaning that they prepare themselves at the beginning of the second year by choosing a destination and defining a programme.


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