How to apply


Admission procedure

Students who are enrolled (at UNIL) in the current semester and wish to pursue their studies with a Master program of the same faculty during the semester following their graduation (Bachelor) have to apply online here.

All other candidates have to apply for registration at the admission service.

For the admission, candidates coming from outside of UNIL must submit their completed applications online (from January 1st) or send it at the following address:

Université de Lausanne
Service des immatriculations et inscriptions
CH-1015 Lausanne

Although a motivation letter is not formally required, we recommend that you include one in your application, in particular if your academic background is not in biology. The deadline is April 30 (February 28 for candidates needing a study visa !) :

If you need more information about the admission procedure, please contact :

Once the Admissions department of the University of Lausanne has transmitted your application to the School of Biology, it will be examined to check if your academic profile is in adequacy with the chosen Master to guarantee you maximum chances of success.

If you need more information, consult our Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Language level

As all the courses in our Master are taught in english, we recommend a C1 level in English.

No certification of level is required.

Please note that the University of Lausanne is located in the French speaking part of Switzerland. Your integration will be facilitated if you speak French a little.

Requirements for acceptance

Students must have a Bachelor degree of Science in biology or in a field regarded as equivalent (180 ECTS credits). The Bachelor degree of Science in biology issued by the University of Lausanne enables unconditional acceptance to this Master degree course. All other inscriptions are considered by written application.

There is no entry exam for this master program but  the students are strongly encouraged to know basic concepts with a list provided here.

Master grant

The University of Lausanne offers a limited number of Master's grants to candidates with qualifications from foreign universities who want to pursue a Master's degree in one of its Master's programs. You can find more information about the UNIL Master’s grants on the International web page.

Applications must be submitted to the Office for Social Affairs and Student Mobility Office before November 1st :

Université de Lausanne
Service des affaires sociales et de la mobilité étudiante
CH - 1015 Lausanne

For more information please contact

A Master's grant can only be awarded to candidates who satisfy the admission criteria of the Master's program. Candidates whose application for the grant is declined but who satisfy the admission criteria can still be admitted to the Master's program.


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For any administrative question (e.g. registration, equivalencies, etc.) : please contact the School of Biology.

CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 40 10
Fax +41 21 692 40 05