Programs Offered

DURATION OF STUDIES

1.5 years (3 semesters)

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION

French, English

CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

www.unige.ch/conditions/MA

ADMISSION CONDITIONS

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

THE MASTER IN BIOLOGY

proposes 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)
  • Specialisation:
    • Biodiversity and systematics
    • Genetics, development and evolution
    • Bioinformatics and data analysis
    • Molecular plant science

STUDY PROGRAMME

3 semesters (max. 6 semesters) | 90 ECTS credits

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

Research project and dissertation (60 credits)

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

LEVEL OF FRENCH REQUIRED BY UNIGE

No French proficiency test required for non-Francophones.

MOBILITY

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.

www.unige.ch/exchange

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EXCELLENCE MASTER FELLOWSHIPS

The Faculty of Science, with the support of external partners, has established an Excellence Fellowship program open to outstanding and highly motivated students who wish to pursue a Master of Science degree in one of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Candidate selection is based on excellence.

Deadline for applications : March 15, 2020

www.unige.ch/sciences/Masters/Bourses

PROFESSIONAL PROSPECTS

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

  • 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)
  • Fundamental and medical research in public institutions
  • Scientific research and consulting in biotech and pharmaceutical companies
  • Biology teaching in middle school and high school

UNIVERSITY TAXES

500 CHF / semester (~430 €, ~530 $US)
Rate of the day

REGISTRATION

Deadline for the Autumn Semester: 30 April 2020 (28 February 2020 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)

Deadline for the Spring Semester: 30 November 2020 (30 September 2020 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)

www.unige.ch/enrolment

CONTACTS

All programs are subject to changes. Please consult the program regulations.