Our programs

Study Options | Study Programs (Courses & Events, Credits, ECTS) | The student chooses the study plan during the admission process.

Study Options

  • In parallel to the thesis research, PhD students take part in a study program (courses, conferences, seminars...). 
  • Study programs are created to train doctoral students by improving skills, knowledge, capabilities and competencies required to increase research performance and to help them for their future professional career growth.
  • Students can choose between the general study program in Life Sciences (to be customized, called also "FREE study plan") and the programs with a specific study option/plan.
  • At the end of your studies a certificate is delivered mentioning the study option you choose. Be aware that the study option will NOT be mentioned on the PhD diploma itself.

To start a thesis research, the candidate has first to find a thesis director.



Study Programs (Courses & Events, Credits, ECTS)


 PhD in Life sciences  Study Program
FREE study option Life Sciences (general path, to be customized)
WITH a study option
Cancer and Immunology
Cardiovascular and Metabolism
Ecology and Evolution
Microbial Sciences
Quantitative Biology (IECB)



The student chooses the study plan during the admission process.


  1. Life Sciences (FREE/customized study plan): Directly via the UNIL admission service during the admission process. You do not need to contact the Program Coordinator.
  2. Life Sciences with a specific study option: you must contact the Program Coordinator or/and go on the appropriate website to get informed on the terms and conditions and/or apply for registration and then follow the appropiate enrolment procedure
  3. Enrolment in a study plan requires the agreement of the Thesis Director and of the Study Program Director. Official enrolement is done during the UNIL admission process.
  4. For the Cancer and Immunology PhD Program, the candidate selection may be done on a competitive basis. Please, check their website.

Note: it is very important to get enrolled in the right track during the admission process. 



Follow us: