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Master in Chemical Biology

Master in Chemical Biology

Covering molecular and cellular biology, organic chemistry as well as biophysics, the training offered is unique and leads to the award of a Master in Chemical Biology. Students have the opportunity to gain diverse theoretical knowledge in the new field of chemical biology, to perform research in different labs pushing the state of the art and to access the NCCR network resources (seminars, symposia, mentoring, support of women in science, career shaping advice, etc.). It is ideally suited to young scientists that envision themselves following a career in research.

The Master in Chemical Biology is a full-time one and a half-year structured programme. It aims to equip students with skills on how to probe biological problems at the molecular level using innovative chemistry, biochemistry and biophysical approaches. Students will be embedded within the NCCR network of 24 laboratories where they will receive individualized and highly interdisciplinary training (in biology, chemistry, physics) from world-renowned researchers. No French proficiency test is required for non-Francophones as all courses are all taught in English.

  • The number of students is kept small (an average of 9 by year). It ensures a low student-to-teacher ratio and a strong emphasis is put on a hands-on, multidisciplinary training. Research proceeds with a thesis report and oral examination in front of a jury of NCCR Principal Investigators.
  • The programme leads  to a Master degree awarded by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).
  • The expected length of course is one year and a half and the month of entry is September.

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree holders in the sciences, especially chemistry, biology, biochemistry, biophysics or equivalent, wishing to orient their career toward chemical biology, whether in an academic or industrial setting.
  • Only above-average students are selected and students should receive permission by the NCCR Education Committee.

Admission procedure

To apply for admission to the Master in Chemical Biology you will need to follow the instructions given on the UNIGE’s website. Essentially, this entails compiling the forms listed below.

Case 1: You haven’t studied at UNIGE before.

Case 2: You have studied at UNIGE before, please click here.

Case 3: You are currently a UNIGE student, Faculty of Sciences. You will just need to fill a form given by the Secrétariat des Etudiants and submit the online NCCR Chemical Biology Master Programme application form. There is no deadline for submitting either applications. You can apply even if you have not yet received your bachelor’s degree but expect to complete it within 6 months.

Fees and funding

500 CHF/semester.
For additional information, please visit the UNIGE’s website.

The NCCR Chemical Biology is part of the Excellence Fellowship Programme of the Faculty of Sciences. The programme is open to outstanding and highly motivated students from any university. Successful applicants will be amongst the top 10% of their peers in their bachelor’s program. Selection of the applicants is based on excellence and evaluation is given on the basis of the documentation sent by the applicants.

Furthermore, the NCCR Chemical Biology allots each year a limited number of Merit fellowships to undergraduate applicants with exceptional records.

All students enrolled in the programme and which do not receive any kind of financial support from the NCCR Chemical Biology or a department receive a monthly stipend for 6 months, starting 3 months after the beginning of their 2 semesters internship for their master projects.