Study programme

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General information

Organisation

  University of Lausanne - Faculty of Biology and Medicine
School of Biology
Head of the Master   Tadeusz J. Kawecki & Jérôme Goudet
Grade   

Master of Science in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation - Maîtrise universitaire ès Sciences en Comportement, évolution et conservation

Possibility to obtain a specialisation in Behaviour, Economics and Evolution (BEE), in Computational Ecology and Evolution (CEE) and in Geosciences, Ecology and Evironment (GEE)

Credits   90 ECTS
Start   mid-September (more details on this link)
Duration   1.5 years / 3 semesters
Delay for registration   30 april (28 february for candidates needing a study visa)
Charges   CHF 580.- per semester
Teaching language   English
Contact   Secrétariat de l'Ecole de biologie
Amphipôle 312
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tél. 021 692 40 10
Fax. 021 692 40 05
Email: biologie-etudiants[@]unil.ch
Structure of the studies

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The first semester of the Master of Science in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation is composed of compulsory courses aiming to complete the methodological skills acquired throughout the Bachelor studies, in particular scientific writing, as well as to reinforce knowledge in the fields of molecular genetics, phylogeny, evolution, and population biology. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with research by doing an introductory research project (First Step).

In the second semester, students must acquire 15 ECTS credits by following specialised courses. The course offering is enhanced by various collaborations, either with the Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences of the School of Biology, or with external institutions (for example: with the Vaud Centre for Wildlife Preservation or the Haute Ecole Spécialisée in Environment of Lullier). Some courses are given in the form of field training courses as a way of discovering the fauna and flora of various environments (e.g., marine, alpine, Mediterranean). Concurrently, students integrate into one of the research groups associated with the Master and start their personal Master research project.

The third semester is dedicated to the completion of the Master research project.

Course schedules

Warning

The pandemic has shown us that circumstances beyond our control may require us to make adjustments/adaptations to schedules. Therefore, the various schedules of the School of Biology courses may be subject to change. They are regularly updated. The date of the last version of the schedule is indicated in the name of the document.

Study plan

Warning

The pandemic has shown us that circumstances beyond our control may require us to make the following adjustments /adaptations to study plans during the semester:

  • possibility to switch from one mode of teaching to another (face-to-face <-> distance, synchronous <-> asynchronous, switch to co-modal teaching where it was not initially planned).
  • change / modification of evaluation modalities, without inducing derogations from the Study Regulations (oral <-> written, exam <-> validation, individual work <-> group work, practical work <-> theoretical work, face-to-face evaluation <-> online evaluation, etc.)
  • alternative or time-shifted modalities for teachings, internships, practical work, fieldworks and camps that could not take place or teachings that could no longer take place in the form initially planned.  

Students are invited to consult this document regularly (Study Plan & Evaluation Procedure).

Study Plan - 2022-2023 - Master BEC

Master of Science in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation
Study Plan Master BEC - 2022-2023  (74 Ko)
MSc_BEC_BEE_22-23_v15.7.22  (91 Ko)
Study Plan Master BEC specialisation CEE - 2022-2023  (82 Ko)
Study Plan Master BEC specialisation GEE - 2022-2023  (92 Ko)
 

Course descriptions

The course descriptions are available on the internet of the University of Lausanne at the page: Programmes offered at the UNIL under the heading Structure of the Stage struc.png.

Archives

For the study plans of previous academic years, please visit our Archives page.

Registration for courses and exams, and deadlines

Registration for courses and exams

For students following a Bachelor or Master curriculum in the School of Biology, the registration for courses is mandatory and can be done via the Internet from the link below, within the periods set by the School of Biology at the beginning of semester. Outside of these periods, registration is not possible.

Make sure that you have activated your UNIL computer access

Registration procedure for Bachelor (in French) and for Master (in English)

Deadlines

Autumn semester:

  • September 20 to October 16, 2022 Registration for courses and exams of the autumn semester
  • October 17 to 30, 2022: Withdrawal for exams of optional courses of the winter session

Spring semester:

  • February 20 to March 19, 2023: Registration for courses and exams of the spring semester
  • March 20 to April 02, 2023: Withdrawal for exams of optional courses of the summer session

The School of Biology does not accept any registration, amendment or withdrawal outside of the registration periods.

Requests for special arrangements for study and examinations

Requests for special arrangements for students with disabilities are governed by the Directive of the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Biology and Medicine “Mesures de soutien et aménagements pour les étudiants en situation de handicap").The Directive is the only authoritative document on the conditions, deadlines, procedures, etc. for requests for special arrangements with disabilities.

 

Application deadlines

Requests for special arrangements for the exams should be sent to biologie-etudiants@unil.ch within the first 6 weeks of the semester:

  • October 30 for the winter session
  • March 31 for the summer and fall sessions

 

 

Form and content of applications

All requests must be made by the student in writing and must be accompanied by an expert opinion from a specialized service or doctor. Learning disabilities (dys* problems) can be certified by a logopedist.

 

The official document certifying the disability must contain the following elements:

  • the medical diagnosis in accordance with the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) or the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental and Psychiatric Disorders (DSM-V), information on the degree of severity of the disability and the trend of evolution.
  • detailed and reasoned proposals for the requested special arrangements.
  • the duration of the requested special arrangements in relation to the expected evolution.

The medical expertise must have been carried out within a recent period of time, less than 12 months, or be confirmed by the attending physician within the same period of time, in order to attest to its validity for the period concerned, i.e., the date of commencement of studies and of the examination session for which the request for accommodation is made.

 

If the student has benefited from support and special measures during a previous training, he or she should, if possible, also submit the document mentioning the measures obtained.

The documents must be written in French, English, German or Italian.

Any incomplete application (or one written in a language other than those specified above) will be refused and must be completed in accordance with the above-mentioned elements within the time limits indicated. It is the student’s responsibility to ask his or her doctor to establish a medical certificate in accordance with the above-mentioned indications.

 

NB: For dyslexics and dysorthographics, a report from a logopetist may be accepted in lieu of the medical certificate.

 

 

Application decision

 

The School of Biology makes a decision, specifying the special arrangements accepted and the duration for which they are granted. It reserves the right not to grant all or part of the requested arrangements depending on the resources available (human, infrastructure, etc.) or if the request is disproportionate.

Exams

Warning

The pandemic has shown us that circumstances beyond our control may require us to change / modify the evaluation modalities, without inducing derogations from the Study Regulations (oral <-> written, exam <-> validation, individual work <-> group work, practical work <-> theoretical work, face-to-face evaluation <-> online evaluation, etc.)

Students are invited to consult this document regularly (Study Plan & Evaluation Procedure).

Dates of exam sessions and session schedules

The dates of the exam sessions are in the file: 

 Exam schedule 2022-2023 (in french only)

Students must be available throughout the entire period of each session. The examination schedules are listed below before each session. Students are notified of the publication of the exam schedules by email.

WARNING : The schedules published on the website are subject to change and no appeal based on the published schedules can be made.

Examination program

At the end of each exam period, an electronic record is prepared for each student, indicating if the student has passed or failed the corresponding step in the Bachelor or Master curriculum.
The requirements for passing these steps are given just below.

 

Marked copies consultation

On request students have access to marked copies of their examinations after each examination session. The student has to ask the teacher within 10 days following the exam publication.

Consulting an examination copy could serve to understand the note obtained or to set of arguments for building a case for appeal.

Appeals

An appeal can only be lodged within the 33 calendar days following the electronic notification of the exam results (initial date = email announcing the publication of the results on MyUNIL, sent by the secretariat of the School of Biology).

To be accepted, an appeal must:

• Cite precise and admissible motives, such as non-compliance with the regulations, improper procedure, grievance over arbitrariness.

• Be written by the student or be accompanied by a proxy of the student if it is lodged by a third person.

 

Address the appeal to:

Direction de l’Ecole de biologie
Quartier UNIL-Sorge
Bâtiment Amphipôle
CH-1015 Lausanne

 

Service juridique provides you with an internet page dedicated to Appeals (only in French) : www.unil.ch/service-juridique/home/menuinst/recours-etudiants.html

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