The importance of biology to society is growing, as evidenced by the development of personalized medicine, the ecological impacts of climate change and the fast evolving biotechnologies. Having citizens trained in biology is a need and an asset to our society. The School of Biology's mission is to provide higher education in biology leading to the ranks of Bachelor and Master. This teaching takes place at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine, a unique place for collaborations, synergy of complementary approaches and cultures. Biology is a multidisciplinary research burgeoning field; its study offers exciting knowledge and universally useful skills in the profession worldwide.
In 2003, following the transfer of mathematics physics and chemistry institutes from Faculty of Sciences of UNIL to EPFL, two new Faculties were created at UNIL: the Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM) and the Faculty of Geosciences and environment (FGSE)
The Faculty of Biology and Medicine results from the fusion of the old section of Biology of the ex Faculty of Sciences with the Faculty of Medicine. This fusion generates an original synergy in Switzerland which allows to propose curriculum focused on mystery of life - its origin, its basic mechanisms, its evolution and its conservation- and to develop skills from fundamental research in labs to the daily practice at the patient's bed.
Simultaneously with the FBM foundation, 3 schools were created: the School of Biology, the School of Medicine and the Doctoral School. The Schools of Biology and Medicine are responsible for the education of the students of the 1st and 2nd cycle (= Bachelor and Master) and the Doctoral School for the students of 3rd cycle (PHD, MD-PHD...). Since then, a fourth unit was created at the FBM: Institut universitaire de formation et de recherche en soins (IUFRS).
Since 2003 the curriculum proposed by the School of Biology have substantially evolved firstly to satisfy to the Bologna process and then with a reform of the programme of the Bachelor in Biology initiated in 2005 and achieved in 2010. Maintaining the quality of training is a constant task, supported by a regular self-evaluation process of our programmes.
The School of Biology manages the programme of Bachelor in Biology (3 years-180 ECTS) the first year of the programme of the Bachelor in Pharmacy (1 year - 60 ECTS) and three Masters of Sciences in Biology (1.5 to 2 years - 90 to 120 ECTS).
The number of students registered in these programmes has been increasing constantly for two years and the level of 900 students has been outnumbered for the first time at the academic start 2021.
To achieve the training and the support of the students, the School of Biology works with about 200 teachers. These teachers are distributed among the majority of the 10 research departments of the section of fundamental sciences of the FBM and in the some of the departments of clinical sciences of the CHUV and UNISANTÉ. The Microbiology Institue (IMU), the Ludwig Institut for Cancer Research (LICR), and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) are also involved .
These departments are located on four different geographic sites in Lausanne : Dorigny, Bugnon, Epalinges and Cery.
A tight collaboration exists also for the teaching and the Master thesis with the other schools of the FBM, the CHUV and the EPFL.
Three specific Master of Science in Biology are provided by the School of Biology :
Training programmes in biology at other Swiss universities can be reached via the website swissuniversities.
A summer research programme (SUR Programme) for undergraduate students from around the world