Master in Molecular Life Sciences


The goal of the Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences (MLS) is to train students for the exploration of life through experimental and computational approaches.
This Master is for students enthusiastic about interdisciplinary work, leading to acquisition of specialised and transferable skills, through both individual and group work. In brief, the MLS program offers:

  • Two personal research projects: a First step project and a Master research project.
  • A variety of specialised course exploring diverse aspects of the biology of microorganisms, plants, animals and humans, as well as applied biotechnological and analytical approaches, from which students can compose their curriculum of choice.
  • Several classes in key soft skills, including scientific writing, oral presentation and grand preparation.
  • A unique practical course allowing students to sequence and analyse the genome of one or more microorganisms, applying the most recent sequencing and computational techniques. 

While you may choose to follow a curriculum that allows you to maintain a broad education, the MLS Master offers two specialisations, in Bioinformatics and Microbiology.

At the end of the Master of Science (MSc) in Molecular Life Sciences studies, students will be able to:

  1. Mobilise and apply knowledge acquired through creativity to solve scientific problems of molecular genetics, genomics, cell biology and development, microbiology and bioinformatics.
  2. Respond to a biological question through laboratory experiments and/or computational analysis.
  3. Observe and learn, both theoretically and experimentally, and adapt to new information.
  4. Analyse, integrate and synthesise various types of data, both from the literature and from experimental and field data.
  5. Handle bibliographic resources (databases, scientific journals, etc.), analyse and synthesise the scientific literature related to the relevant field through the development of a scientific project and its implementation.
  6. Perform a critical analysis of results or of scientific approaches.
  7. React immediately and appropriately in discussions and problem solving.
  8. Organise their work and projects individually or in teams, taking initiatives and contacting key actors for successful completion.
  9. Communicate their results orally and in writing through different channels (oral presentation, poster presentation, written report and scientific article, etc.).
  10. Defend a project in front of experts and explain it to economic and political actors.
  11. Be fluent in scientific English, both written and oral, for reading scientific texts, writing articles and communicating with experts.

Specific training objectives by specialisation are described on their individual webpage.


The University of Lausanne collaborates with the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale of Lausanne (EPFL) and the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV). Joint centres of excellence and university technical platforms (for example: genomics; proteomics, and imaging) complement an outstanding teaching and research programme.


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Center for Integrative Genomics
Head of the Master MLS
Génopode office 3031
Tél. +41 21 692 39 32

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

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