Published on November 9, 2018 | Updated on March 21, 2023

Master's in Biology

The Master's in Biology aims to offer students high-level general training in biology, as well as in research and through research. Although general, this Master's allows students to specialize through a choice of program options, courses and laboratory internships.


The Master’s in Biology is a two-year program:

First-year Master’s Program

  • 3 mandatory course units: English, biosciences and society, scientific communication.
  • 5 course units with classes, tutorials and projects in various areas of biology, to be chosen from a selection of 12 course units.
  • A research internship of 16 weeks or longer in a laboratory in France or abroad.

Second-year Master’s Program

  • 2 mandatory course units: English and bibliographical analysis.
  • One practical course unit to be chosen from a menu of 4 course units.
  • 4 course units with lectures in English in various areas of biology, to be chosen from a selection of 9 course units.A research internship of 20 weeks or longer in a laboratory in France or abroad.


To enroll in the Master’s program, students must have solid foundations in biology, and understand both written and spoken English (level B2). An internship in a research laboratory is preferred.


First-year Master’s Program:

•Adaptation, Development, Evolution
• Biology of development: new concepts and approaches
• Physical cell biology
• Normal and pathological cells
• Brain, development and plasticity
• Ecology of communities and ecosystems
• Epigenetics
• Molecular evolution, bioinformatics
• Population genetics and genomics
• History of life on Earth
• Molecular and structural microbiology
• Physiology of the immune response

Second-year Master’s Program:

Practicals in imaging: from samples to quantification
• Practicals in next generation sequencing
• Practicals in statistics and modeling for biosciences
• Practicals in museum collections
• Advanced immunology and diseases
• Comparative genomics
• Energy homeostasis
• Evolutionary paleobiology
• Host and microbes
• Development and stem cells in plants and animals
• Molecular and supramolecular machines
• Systems neuroscience: from cell to cognition
• Trends in ecological research