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Orientation at UNIL | Teaching in the secondary | The future of our graduates | Life Science Career Day - ALUMNIL

Orientation at UNIL

Designed to stimulate independent thinking and intellectual curiosity, biology studies develop autonomy; a sense of responsibility; analysis, synthesis and argumentation abilities; spoken and written expression; critical thinking, so that each student can become a full participant in society as well as in the professional world.

The Bachelor in Biology

SStudies leading to the Bachelor in Biology degree offer a broad vision of the various fields of biology as well as the different levels of organization of life, from molecules to ecosystems. The Bachelor in Biology represents a basic academic degree that is recognized at the European level.

After a Bachelor in Biology:

• continue your academic education with a Master curriculum 
• follow a curriculum for teaching at the secondary school level  
• acquire a first professional experience
• change your field study 
• other...

The Master in Biology

The education programmes at the Master level represent a step in specialization and in biology reflect the strong and internationally recognized fields of research in Lausanne:

• Evolutionary biology, behaviour and species conservation
• Medical biology including immunology and cancer, pharmacology, metabolism, and neuroscience
• Molecular life sciences including genomics, microbiology, plant biology, biotechnology, developmental biology and bioinformatics


After a Master in Biology:

• PhD (doctoral school) 
• Teacher training (Haute Ecole Pédagogique) 
• Postgraduate diploma
• Employment


The three Masters in Biology offer curriculums that meet the multiple job opportunities for which an academic background in biology is a major asset. The academic studies develop, in addition to specific academic knowledge, many cross-cutting skills such as communication, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis skills, conducting research, acquisition and communication of knowledge, autonomy, and critical thinking in the field of specialisation and related fields.

This range of skills, associated with specialised knowledge acquired during their studies, prepares students for professions in diverse sectors including:

• academic research
• environmental technology
• pharmaceutical industry
• diagnostics and applied research
• hospitals
• medical laboratories
• analysis laboratories
• museums and conservation
• organisations for wildlife preservation
• consulting
• federal research station
• teaching
• other…

The diversity of job opportunities after a Master degree is such that it cannot be fully represented in a listing here.


Teaching in the secondary


 For those students in biology who desire to teach in secondary school (secondaire I / secondaire II / Gymnase), you will find in the document below useful information:

• Biology teacher training
• Teaching subjects (Table of each disciplines and the minimum number of credits required in each discipline)


pdf   InfosHEP-v180912.pdf  (404 Kb)

For more information, consult regularly the website of HEP-vaud :


The future of our graduates

The outcome of our graduates

Our latest polls show that a year after graduation:

• 50-60% of our graduates continue their education
• 20-30% are active professionally (university consulting, education, food industry...)
• 10-20% are seeking employment

pdf   Results-Sondage_Diplomes-Biol2012.pdf  (198 Kb)

Life Science Career Day - ALUMNIL

Life Sciences Career Day (LSCD)

The School of Biology and the Doctoral School (Faculty of Biology and Medicine), in collaboration with the Lemanic Neuroscience Doctoral School organize each year a symposium for young scientists.
For more information :


The portal ALUMNIL is the best means to keep in touch with UNIL. It offers a permanent email address, some invitations to events and information about the activities of alumni associations. The membership and ALUMNIL portal access are free.

To learn more and join the network ALUMNIL:

 in this site:

Don't forget to look at the website : from the "Service d’Orientation et Conseil" of UNIL which proposes different tools for job opportunities

  • Center of documentation,
  • Virtual documentation ,
  • Particular advises,





For more information, consult regularly the website of HEP-vaud :


Polls about the future of our graduates

pdf   Results-Sondage-Diplomes-Biol2014.pdf  (281 Kb)

pdf   Results-Sondage-Diplomes-Biol2013.pdf  (193 Kb)

pdf   Results-Sondage_Diplomes-Biol2012.pdf  (198 Kb)

pdf   Results-Sondage_Diplomes-Biol2011.pdf  (276 Kb)

pdf   Results-Sondage-Diplomes-Biol2010.pdf  (185 Kb)

pdf   Results-Sondage-Diplomes-Biol2009.pdf  (217 Kb)

pdf   Results-Sondage-Diplomes-Biol2008.pdf  (198 Kb)

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