The structure and the content of the studies
The first semester of the Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences is centered on two mandatory courses through which the students will learn to write a research project on one hand and to sequence a genome on the other hand. These courses consist essentially of practical work. They are completed by optional courses where the students can receive specific knowledge in the different fields of research of the instructors of the Master. The students have also the opportunity to get used to the labwork and the research while doing a First step project.
In the second semester, the students carry on the mandatory courses (6 ECTS credits) and optional courses (9 ECTS credits). For these courses different collaborations are encouraged particularly with the Master of Science in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation of the School of Biology. During this semester the students start their Master thesis for which they are integrated in a laboratory of research supervising the Master.
The third semester is dedicated to the completion of the Master thesis.
The students of the Master in Molecular Life Sciences have the possibility to obtain a specialization during their Master in Integrative biology, Bioinformatics or Microbiology. The conditions to obtain these distinctions is given in the study regulation.
Subject area Integrative biology:
The MLS master programme is designed to expose students to an Integrative Biology spirit by combining course and practical work from a variety of disciplines including experimental and computational approaches.
The First-step project and the Master project must be done in the field of the subject area.
Subject area Bioinformatics:
a common programme of courses has been established in collaboration with the SIB (Swiss Institute for Bioinformatics) and the University of Geneva. This programme is integrated to the MLS study plan, so that the students can follow the compulsory courses of the semesters 1 and 2 mentioned above and must follow specialized courses in bioinformatics given either in Lausanne or in Geneva.
The First-step project and the Master thesis must be done in the field of bioinformatics.
Subject area Microbiology:
the student can specialize by choosing first their optional courses in the field of microbiology.
The Master thesis must be done in the field of microbiology.