Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Biology

Student testimonial


General content

The Master of Science in Medical Biology degree is intended for students who are interested in biological research in the medical field.

This Master's program focuses on the acquisition of key areas of expertise necessary for the development of new pre-clinical and clinical medical applications. This training gives students an in-depth knowledge of basic cellular functions, systems that transmit signals inside and among cells, human biology, and the normal and pathological functioning of the most important systems of the human organism.

Considerable attention is also paid to learning and applying techniques used in medical biology, as well as to personal research work.


The second semester is dedicated to specialisation. Students choose a study path from the following options:

  • Immunology and Cancer
  • Neurosciences
  • Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Metabolism & Human Health
Practical information

Faculty of Biology and Medicine
School of Biology

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Biology

ECTS credits

3 semesters

Teaching language
English. Recommended level : C1.

Admission requirements
Candidates must be holders of a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology or in a field considered to be equivalent awarded by a Swiss university.
Other degrees awarded by a foreign university may be considered equivalent and give access to the Master’s degree course with or without further conditions.

Enrolment and final dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only.
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Office before the deadline.
Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

Further information
Website of the Master
Timetables and course descriptions

Career Prospects

This Master will help you develop many transversal skills such as oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising skills, abilities in research, management of bibliographic resources and knowledge of the specific scientific litterature, and so on.

This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired during this Master, is an excellent preparation for positions in a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Academic research
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Biomedical industry
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Medical laboratories
  • Hospital environment
  • Toxicological analysis laboratories

Alumni have different positions, such as entrepreneur biologist.

Further information

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 15 February 2024

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