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Master of Science (MSc) in Molecular Life Sciences

General content

The Master of Science in Molecular Life Sciences is intended for students who are curious, motivated, and enthusiastic about the exploration of life through the application of methods in experimental biology.

The Master program offers in-depth training in the areas of molecular genetics, genomics, cell and developmental biology. We propose in particular specialised courses on the interactions of molecules within networks that control the life of micro-organisms, plants, animals and man. Considerable attention is dedicated to the learning and application of advanced techniques in genome sequencing and annotation. The course also includes instruction in scientific writing.

Students with a particular interest in Bioinformatics, Microbiology or Integrative Biology will follow optional courses on this subject to obtain the chosen specialisation.

Practical information

Faculty of Biology and Medicine
School of Biology

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Molecular Life Sciences, specialisation "Bioinformatics", "Microbiology" or "Integrative Biology".

ECTS credits

3 semesters

Teaching language
English. Recommended level : C1.

Final enrolment dates
30 April. The degree course begins in the autumn semester.
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February.

More information
Website of the Master
Timetables and course descriptions

Career Prospects

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, management of bibliographic resources and knowledge of the specific scientific litterature, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgments in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas.

This panoply of skills, combined with the curriculum offers advanced training in cutting-edge experimental biology and in scientific communication, which is ideal for a number of career prospects including :

  • Academic research
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Diagnostic and biomedical research
  • Swiss Federal research stations
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Environmental technologies

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Last update: 28 February 2017


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