Genetics specialization (M2), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
  • French
University rank #39 ,
Genetics is both an essential tool for the study and comprehension of many biological mechanisms (developmental biology, immunology, biodiversity, evolution, oncology, …) and a discipline in itself.
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The aim of this genetics degree is to train geneticists able to contribute a genetics approach to biology laboratories as well as to undertake genetics research.

Therefore, the course content is designed to give students methodological and conceptual expertise in different fields of genetics, mainly:

  • analysis of genomes, their evolution, their expression and their maintenance
  • genetics of complexe characters, search for genes which cause a predisposition for diseases, use of animal models
  • genetic diversity: origin, evolution, use
  • developmental genetics
  • cellular genetics of cancer

Programme Structure

Two main courses are offered:

"Research and genetics":

within this course there are five options offered; students are oriented towards one of these options at the end of their M1 according to their personal career plan. The specialized papers attached to each of these options are:

  • Genetics of mice (Pasteur class)
  • Molecular and cellular genetics (Pasteu class)
  • Genetics of complex characters
  • Genome analysis (Pasteur class)
  • Molecular biology of RNA

"Genetics and biodiversity management":

A more vocational course, which trains scientists in operational mastery of the methodology for the study and management of biodiversity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Well-targeted public
  • This degree specialization is aimed at students from the scientific and medical streams of UPMC and other universities with equivalent courses. Course capacity is limited to about 60 students per year.
  • Students must have basic training in the fields of classic and molecular genetics, equivalent to that offered in UPMC’s Bachelor of Life Sciences. Medical students must follow a specific catch up module in S2 before beginning the M2. Students from grandes écoles and engineering schools may be exempt from M1, depending on their individual profile.

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