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Designed to stimulate individual reflection and intellectual curiosity, biology studies also aim to develop autonomy, a sense of responsibility, analysis, synthesis and argumentation abilities, spoken and written expression and critical thinking, so that each student can become a full participant in society as well as in the professional world.

The Bachelor in Biology

Studies leading to the Bachelor degree in Biology offer a broad vision of the various fields of biology as well as the various levels of organization of life, from molecules to ecosystems. The Bachelor in Biology represents an intermediate step. It is a basic education programme recognized at the European level.

After a Bachelor in Biology
  • continuation your academic education with a Master
  • education for teaching at secondary school (collège)
  • acquisition of a first professional experience
  • reorientation
  • etc.

If you wish to make a registration in a Master's program from another Swiss university, the Swissuniversities database provides an overview of all Master's programs.

Choose the entry that corresponds to your choice and do not forget to respect the deadlines and procedure indicated by each university.

The Master in Biology

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:

  • MSc in Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation (BEC) with three specialisations : Behaviour, Economics and Evolution (BEE), Computational Ecology and Evolution (CEE) and Geosciences, Ecology and Environment (GEE)
  • MSc in Medical Biology (MB) with 4 tracks : Immunology & Cancer, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Metabolism & Human health (currently pending), Neuroscience.
  • MSc in Molecular Life Sciences (MLS) with 3 specialisations 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.

After a Master in Biology
  • Doctorate (doctorate school)
  • Teacher training (Haute Ecole Pédagogique)
  • Postgraduate diploma
  • Employment

The three Masters in Biology offer curricula that meet the multiple job opportunities for which an academic background in biology is a major asset. The academic studies develop, in addition to specific academic knowledge, many cross-cutting skills such as communication, critical thinking, analysis and synthesis skills, conducting a research, acquisition and communication of knowledge, autonomy, and critical evaluation in the field of specialisation and the related fields.

This range of skills, associated with specialised knowledge acquired during their studies prepare students for professions in diversified sectors of integration:

  • academic research
  • environmental technology
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • diagnostic and research
  • hospitals
  • medical laboratories
  • expertise laboratories
  • museums and conservation
  • organisations for wildlife preservation
  • consultancies
  • federal research station
  • education
  • etc.

The multiplicity of job opportunities after a Master degree prevents us from listing all the possibilities here.

Teaching in the secondary (in French)

You will find all information and procedures for biology students who intend to teach at secondary level (9S-10S-11S according HarmoS) or secondary level II (gymnasium, high school, college) by clicking here (french only).

The requirements to obtain a sufficient number of ECTS in mathematics with a Bachelor ès Sciences in biology from the University of Lausanne are summarized in the following docuement (french only):

Aquisition of complementary credits

UNIL career services

The counseling and careers service (SOC) offers CV check during walk-in sessions, and resources on the website : tips , useful links to apply, internships.

Everyday from 10am to 12pm and 13:30 to 15:30, except Wednesday, from 10am to 12pm

Service d'orientation et conseil
Quartier Centre
Bâtiment Unicentre
CH-1015 Lausanne-Dorigny
T +41 21 692 21 30

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50 à 60 % continue their education

20 à 30 % are active professionally (university, research department, education, food industry...)

10 à 20 % are looking for a job

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