Published on November 19, 2018 | Updated on March 21, 2023

Master's in fundamental infectiology

The Master's in Fundamental Infectiology (M2RIF) offers training in research through research carried out by research professionals (research professors and researchers). Students can expect to receive cutting-edge scientific, conceptual and practical training in the field of infectiology and to train in the main forms of scientific communication. After completing this program, students will have the option to continue with a dissertation in science for a career in academic or private research (researchers, research professors, research manager); or to develop solid skills in infectiology at a Master’s level, which will then enable them to further their education to gain dual skills (management, marketing, legal, etc.); or to directly enter the workforce as an engineer.


The M2RIF program includes:
In the first semester (S3), classes, projects (TP), tutorials (TD), lectures:
  • Specific to infectiology, including virology, bacteriology, replication strategies of infectious agents, immunology, vaccinology, host-pathogen interactions, epidemiology. Lectures are held in English with specialists in the field;
  • Cross-disciplinary courses to support infectiology, including course units in statistics, bioinformatics, English, communication tools: scientific papers, general journals and oral presentations.
In the second semester (S4), an internship course unit in an infectiology research laboratory, either in France or abroad. 


The program is open to students from the fields of Health, Pharmacy, and Veterinary.
Applicants must have completed:

  • A first year Master’s, for initial education students;
  • An equivalent program for students in the fields of Health, Pharmacy or Engineering Schools;
  • Validation of professional experience for continuous training students;
  • Solid foundations in biology, molecular and cell biology, genetics with an emphasis on infectiology (virology, microbiology, immunology);
  • A reasonable mastery of spoken and written English, if possible with a certification at a first year Master’s level;
    For non-French-speaking students, a level C2 (French) of the DALF, or a level B2 (English) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Optional course units:

  • Replication strategies of the main infectious agents (BIO2485M course unit) - 6 ECTS
  • Clinical Vaccine Development (BIO2327M course unit) - 3 ECTS
  • Virology - Pathogen fungi (BIO2270M course unit) - 3 ECTS
  • Bacteriology-Parasitology (BIO2271M course unit) - 3 ECTS
  • Immunology: Host-Pathogen interactions (BIO2272M) - 3 ECTS
  • Immunology and Cancer (BIO2261M) - 3 ECTS
  • Fighting infection (BIO2484M course unit) - 3 ECTS
  • Methods in epidemiology (DBH2080M) - 3 ECTS