Specific training objectives

At the end of the studies , students will be able to:

• Mobilise in-depth knowledge in microbiology, genetics and genomics covering aspects of environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, biotechnology, cell microbiology, virology, microbial pathogenesis, bacteriology, fungal biology, yeast models, epidemiology or synthetic biology.

• Propose research approaches in fundamental, medical or applied microbiology.

Microbiology is a fascinating area of science, with many different aspects enabling excellent career prospects. Microbial sciences are very well represented in the Lausanne academic and hospital environment.
The objectives of the Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences subject area in Microbiology are:

  • Collage_MLS_Micro3-resize180x134-rotate-crop134x160.jpgTo study through in-depth class work a wide range of advanced topics in microbial sciences, covering genetics and genomics, plant and environmental microbiology, biotechnology, cellular microbiology, virology, microbial pathogenesis, bacteriology, fungal biology, yeast models, epidemiology and (clinical) diagnostics including drug resistance.
  • To offer excellent opportunities for personal research topics in microbial sciences, notably in the fields mentioned above, and to prepare students for fundamental or applied research.
  • To prepare students for careers in areas related to microbial sciences, such as diagnostics, biotechnology, academic or industry research, FAMH clinical microbiology, or environmental management and administration.

The program is mainly given by teachers from the Department of Fundamental Microbiology-UNIL and the Institute of Microbiology-CHUV.


The MLS subject area in Microbiology shares two common activities with the other MLS subject areas. This includes a unique experimental class during two semesters on (bacterial) genome sequencing, covering sequencing technology, assembly and annotation, and genome-wide transcription analysis (RNAseq). It also includes a common class on writing of a scientific review and research proposal.

Collage_MLS_micro5-resize200x252.jpgThe program further offers a range of optional classes in concise block format (of each four half days) during two semesters, which cover specific major areas in modern microbiology research. Classes consist of literature reading and presentations, exercises, web-based study and paper discussions. A personalised curriculum can be assembled using additional optional classes from the other master programs, under the condition that sufficient credits are chosen among microbiology classes. Class topics include: Bacterial genomes and genome evolution, Immunology and infectious diseases, Advanced bacterial genetics, Virus-host interactions, Biotechnology, Fungal pathogenesis, Plant interactions with microbes and insects, Anti-infective agents, Cytoskeleton, Bacterial virulence and pathogenesis, Epidemiology and Microbial Ecology.

Finally, the subject area requires a first-step research project, which can be carried out in any area of the master program, and a personal research project that must be conducted on an approved microbiology topic.

Collage_MLS_micro2-resize200x291-crop200x259.jpgAcquired skills and knowledge:

  • Advanced knowledge of microbiology and research, both in medically, applied as well as fundamentally oriented topics

  • Experimental planning and laboratory research

  • Advanced understanding of genome technologies

  • Scientific reporting, article and grant writing

  • Scientific presentations

Career perspectives:

  • Medical, food or environmental diagnostics

  • Collage_MLS_micro4-resize200x236.jpgBiotechnology, applied microbiology, industrial processes

  • Academic, medical or industry research

  • FAMH clinical microbiology

  • Environmental management and federal or cantonal administration

  • Research sales

  • Teaching

  • Research management

  • Public outreach, scientific journalism


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In charge of the specialisation Microbiology


Prof. Schaerli


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