Master in Chemical Biology

University of Geneva

Program Description

Master in Chemical Biology

University of Geneva


Master in Chemical Biology

The Master in Chemical Biology prepares students to think beyond the State-of-the-art. Specifically, students will learn how to probe biological problems at the molecular level using innovative chemistry and biophysical approaches. The Degree is awarded by the University of Geneva in collaboration with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Students will be embedded within the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) in Chemical Biology where they will receive individualized and highly interdisciplinary (biology, chemistry, physics) training from world-renowned researchers.


  • Required Courses (25Credits) :
    Current topics in Chemical biology and Biomembranes; Basic techniques in chemical biology; Tutorial; Microscopy and imaging course and Chemical Biology Courses are scheduled at UNIGE or EPFL
  • Electives (25Credits) :
    Include courses at either UNIGE or EPFL and include Element of bioinformatics, Biophysics II, Image processing, Chemistry of small Biological Molecules, Cellular signaling, Bioactive compounds screening, etc.
  • Two Practical Placements and dissertation (25Credits)


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.


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

  • Regulations and scientific patents
  • Management and sales
  • Academic research (doctoral, post-doctoral)
  • Medical research laboratories
  • Private sector research, development and production, etc.

Admission Criteria

A Bachelor in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Biochemistry or a degree deemed equivalent upon review of the application, subject to supplementary classes and prerequisites for certain degrees.


Deadline: 30 April 2017*
(28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations)

*Candidates who hold a Swiss Bachelor or equivalent degree and have not been able to meet this deadline may contact the Faculty’s academic advisor and the person in charge of the Master’s programme to find out if it is possible to join the course.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 17, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb., 2017
3 semesters
Full time
Apr. 30, 2017
28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations
Start date Feb., 2017
Switzerland Geneva
Application deadline Apr. 30, 2017
28 February 2017 for applicants who require a visa under Swiss Confederation regulations
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Duration 3 semesters
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