BioSciences, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
Université de Lyon ,
The BioSciences Master is a high-level academic program in general biology with a special emphasis on research. However, a certain degree of specialization is possible through the choice of electives and internships.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


In accordance with the European Higher Education system, the Biology Master is composed of 4 semesters of 30 European credits (ECTS) each. Students can be admitted directly to the second year (in English) if they have studied 4 years post high school.

During the first year (M1), students must take:

  • 5 elective courses in French chosen from a list of twelve courses
  • English
  • Biosciences and society
  • Scientific Communication
  • An internship in a research laboratory in France or abroad,

During the second year, with courses offered only in English, the students choose between sub-programs ('Parcours'):

  • Biosciences: the standard curriculum that gives a broad training in Life sciences.
  • Biosciences and Health (Biosciences - Santé): a curriculum with a broad choice of elective courses in order to reinforce biological knowledge for students with background in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharamacy, or engineering.
  • Biosciences and modelling of complex systems (Biosciences et modélisation des systèmes complexes): this curriculum initiates biologists into modelling by enabling them to take courses in common with mathematicians, computer scientists and physicists.

Programme Structure

  • English
  • Biosciences and society
  • Scientific communication
  • Bibliographic analysis
  • Initiation to laboratory research
  • Laboratory research
  • Normal and pathological cell
  • Physiology of immune response
  • Adaptation, development, evolution
  • Epigenetics
  • Brain, development and plasticity
  • Molecular evolution, bioinformatics
  • Physical biology of the cell
  • Ecology of communities and ecosystems
  • History of life on Earth
  • Developmental biology: new concepts and approaches
  • Molecular and structural microbiology
  • Population genetics and genomics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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To enter the program, students must have a solid background in biology, and a good command of spoken and written English (for a direct application in the second year - M2) or English AND FRENCH (for an application in the first year).

You will need to provide:

  • a printout of the information sheet filled online on the application system;
  • a letter explaining the reasons for your application, giving your scientific interests, and briefly describing previous internships;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • university transcripts for all courses taken since leaving high school, preferably mentioning your ranking and the number of students in the program or the minimal and maximal grades in the courses/program

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 500 International
  • EUR 500 EU/EEA

The tuition fee includes the student health insurance


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