Application deadline: 30 April
Tuition fee:
  • € 700 / Year (EEA)
  • € 700 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 15 months
  • English
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Master in Biology broaches a number of topics, such as genetics, evolution, molecular and cellular mechanisms, physiology, the environment and biodiversity. The programme is therefore founded on various disciplines, including animal biology, plant biology, anthropology, cell biology and molecular biology. It allows students to increase their practical knowledge, primarily through laboratory work. It also allows students to do work placements in other fields, such as marine biology, ecology and alpine or tropical botany. In addition to the general Master of Science in Biology, which consists entirely of electives, a number of specialisations are available for a more targeted curriculum.

Available orientations:

* General (electives)
* Specialisations * Biodiversity and systematics
* Genetics, development and evolution
* Bioinformatics and data analysis
* Molecular plant science

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Programme outline

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Master in Biology

Electives or required courses, depending on the chosen stream, 30 credits

Research project and dissertation, 60 credits


Students may earn up to 30 credits while on exchange. They may also conduct research outside the university, under the supervision of a faculty member, or do a work placement at a leading external laboratory in order to complete their Master´s degree.

Career opportunities

The Master of Science in Biology leads to a number of professions both in Switzerland and abroad, including:

* Fundamental and medical research in public institutions
* Scientific research and consulting in biotech and pharmaceutical companies
* Biology teaching in middle school and high school
* Museums and botanical gardens
* Bioinformatics
* Ecology-oriented services
* Scientific journalism
* Scientific consulting in governmental or private organisations which finance or supervise research
* Banking sector (for scientific consulting)


Faculty of Science: Sciences II, 30 quai Ernest-Ansermet, 1211 Geneve 4

Student affairs:

T. +41 (0)22 379 66 61/62/63

Academic advisor:

Mr Xavier Chillier

T. +41 (0)22 379 67 15

Biology section:

Ms Alicia Sanchez-Mazas

T. +41 (0)22 379 66 56


Master in Biology

* Electives or required courses, depending on the chosen stream, 30 credits

* Research project and dissertation, 60 credits


Level of French required

No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones

Admission criteria 

A Bachelor of Science in Biology or an equivalent degree. Students are required to find a laboratory or group in which to conduct their research project.


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