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Teaching activities of our Department | BIOLOGY STUDENTS | Bachelor (BSc) | Master of Science in Medical Biology (Msc BM) | Ph.D. program in cancer and immunology | MEDICAL STUDENTS

Teaching activities of our Department

Our program in biology can introduce you to the many ways of understanding the function and diversity of living organisms.

We offer biology and medical students a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in areas such as genetics, molecular biology, cell biology and immunology..

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The Department actively participates in both the Bachelor (BSc) and Master (MSc) programs complying with the European Union directives.

Bachelor (BSc)

The Bachelor (BSc) in Biology is a comprehensive teaching program that provides students with basic essential knowledge of biology during the first two years. The third year allows students to follow more advanced courses that prepare them for a Master in Biology. This is composed of a combination of common courses in structural and functional aspects of cell biology, molecular biology, ecology and population biology, molecular evolution, bioinformatics and genomics and behaviour. The final part of the third year allows students to specialize in particular areas of their choice. The Department of Biochemistry offers an an intensive 3-week course on Immunology and Cancer/Apoptosis (including practicals).

For more information on the course: Immunology and Apoptosis

Master of Science in Medical Biology (Msc BM)

The Department of Biochemistry (DB-UNIL) offers a Master of Science degree in Medical Biology (MSc BM), option "immunology and cancer". The aim is to provide a comprehensive training in biology and human pathologies to students interested by the interface between basic research and medical applications.

This Master is a 18-month program - All the courses are given in ENGLISH

  • First semester: COMMON TO ALL OPTIONS

comprises obligatory courses, lab classes and premaster work. Various biomedical topics are covered. The teaching is carried out by members of the Departments of Biochemistry, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Physiology and Cell Biology & Morphology, specialized in immunology, cancer, metabolism, physiology, pharmacology, cardiovascular systems, and Neurosciences. Students are also trained during this period to design and do a short independent research project in a lab of choice.


Students can choose to specialize either in:
- Immunology & Cancer
- Metabolism
- Neurosciences
- Pharmacology & Toxicology

The Option "Immunology and Cancer" covers advanced Immunology Principles:
- Advanced Principles of tumorigenesis
- Immunological diseases and cancer
- Getting familiar with the techniques used in immunology research and cancer
- Biochemical Techniques : Proteomics

In all areas of specialization, students will follow advanced courses and also start an independent 7-month research project (Masters thesis) under the supervision of a faculty member participating to the teaching.

The Department of Biochemistry, together with the Ludwig Center for Cancer Research of the University of Lausanne (LICR@UNIL) and the University Hospital from Lausanne (CHUV) organize and offer courses for the option immunology & cancer.


completion of the personal research project, ending with the writing and the Master thesis defense.

NB: 2nd & 3rd semester: Focus on "Immunology and Cancer" /
The Department of Biochemistry (DB-UNIL) is responsible for this branch.

For more information, please consult the Master of Biomedical Science website

Ph.D. program in cancer and immunology

This doctoral program(PhD) offers training and research opportunities to highly motivated graduate students in key areas of modern biology, at the Department of Biochemistry of the Lausanne University (DB-UNIL), the Ludwig Center for Cancer Research of the UNIL (LICR@UNIL) and the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV).

Highly qualified students worldwide are selected twice a year through a competitive selection procedure. The PhD program currently accommodates approximately 80 PhD students, and our goal is to appoint 10-20 students per year. The broad international background of the personnel at the Center for Immunity and Infection Lausanne (CIIL) (around 26 different nationalities) provides not only a wide range of scientific experience, but also a unique cultural atmosphere. The working language is English.

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