FAQ - Frequently asked questions


Master Studies

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 research project, 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 2007, the results are available on this link.


What are the registration deadlines for courses and exams ?

The registration deadlines appear in our academic calendar.

How does one register for courses and exams ?

The registration for courses and examinations can be done via the link "Registration for courses and exams".

Can one get equivalencies when one has followed another education programme before the Bachelor programme in Biology ?

The School of Biology provides equivalencies, which are only valid for the academic curriculum for which the request has been made.

A request can only be made in case of a successful year of study or if a qualification has been obtained.

The student must have passed an exam of the courses for which an equivalency is sought.

A student who obtains equivalencies must acquire at least 60 ECTS credits in a curriculum of the School of Biology to obtain the corresponding degree awarded by the Faculty.

Where is the secretariat of the School of Biology and what is their schedule ?

The secretariat of the School of Biology is located in the building Amphipôle, office 312.

The office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 11:30am.

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