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Joint Diploma in Biosciences

The EPFL (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne) and ENS de Lyon has partnered to offer their students a dual-diploma Master’s degree in Biology, Bio-Engineering and in Life Science and Technology.

This international training of a very high standard features an original combination of fundamental research and the latest top engineering.

It has a double curriculum over three years leading to two Master’s degrees

Who is eligible for this program?

Conditions for Admission
  • EPFL students:
    • Holders of a university first degree from EPFL with an overall average of at least 5/6
    • To be enrolled in the 1st year of the Master’s degree in Bio-Engineering or Master’s degree of Life Science and Technology at the time of the application.
  • ENS de Lyon Students:
    • Having successfully completed the 3rd year of the Life Sciences degree, specialization in Biology (ENS de Lyon / UCBL)
    • To be enrolled in the 1st year of the Master’s degree in Biology at ENS de Lyon / UCBL at the time of the application
  • For all applicants:
    • To have an excellent average result on the degree course and to demonstrate solid knowledge in mathematics and physics.
    • Level of language required: B2 in English and B2 in French.
      Masters’ from EPFL: essentially taught in English.
      Masters’ in Biology: taught in English and in French.

Deadlines for application

EPFL Students :
  1. The application deadline is fixed for November 15, for the first semester of the Master’s. Students must fill in the EPFL Double Degree form and give it in to the EPFL mobility office within this time limit.
    This selection does not guarantee the acceptance on the dual degree program at ENS de Lyon.
     
  2. The Student applies for the Master’s at ENS de Lyon according to the calendar and the following procedures: Pursuing a Master's


ENS de Lyon students:
At the ENS de Lyon:
  1. Interview with the educational team of Master’s in Biology for the approval of the application. Approval will be formalized by a recommendation letter to be included in the EPFL application. 

     
  2. The student must inform the Director of the Biology Department of their application for validation in the study plan.
     
  3. Registration by filling the online form: moveon form ENS de Lyon
    The cover letter is to be replaced by the file sent to the EPFL.
This selection does not guarantee the acceptance on the EPFL double degree course.

At the EPFL:
The student pre-selected by the person in charge of the Masters’ candidates will then apply for the Master’s course at EPFL according to the calendar and following procedures before January 15 and April 15: online application

Diplomas obtained

Double curriculum over three years leading to the acquisition of two Master’s degrees:
  • Master’s in Biology at ENS de Lyon / UCBL
  • Master’s in Bio-Engineering or Master in Life Sciences and Technology from EPFL – A recognized degree by the French Commission of Engineering Degrees.

To obtain the Master’s degree from ENS de Lyon/UCBL within the framework of the double-diploma with EPFL, 120 ECTS credits of which 30 credits out of the 90 credits obtained have been validated at EPFL.

To obtain the Master’s degree from EPFL within the framework of the double-degree program with ENS de Lyon/UCBL: 120 ECTS credits of which 30 credits out of the 90 credits obtained have been validated at ENS de Lyon. An internship, according to the rules set out by EPFL, is compulsory.

Structure of the program


EPFL Students:

 

ENS de Lyon Students:




Choice of courses in accordance with the curriculum of the Master’s:

Financial help

Students pay tuition fees for 3 years only in their home establishment.
  • EPFL Students
    Students can qualify for international mobility aid from the EPFL: Student exchanges
    Students with a foreign nationality can apply for a Masters degree with an excellence award grant from ENS de Lyon and its partners: Grants and scholarships
  • ENS de Lyon / UCBL Students
    Students can qualify for international mobility aid from the ENS de Lyon.
    Students can apply for an excellence award grant scholarship from the EPFL: Bourse d'excellence
 

Contacts

  • For EPFL:
For students IN: Pascale Zbinden, Life Sciences Master students Coordinator
41 21 693 9601
pascale.zbinden@epfl.ch

For students OUT
Dr Romain Zufferey, Mobility Coordinator, Life Sciences and Technology
+41 21 693 9508
romain.zufferey@epfl.ch
 
 
  • For ENS de Lyon / UCBL:
 
Dr. Cyril Charles, in charge of the Master's in Biology, ENS de Lyon
+ 33 4 72 72 13 40
cyril.charles@ens-lyon.fr

Dr. Dominique Baas, in charge of the Master's in Biology, UCBL
+ 33 4 72 43 13 26
dominique.baas@ens-lyon.fr


 
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Descartes Campus : +33 (0) 4 37 37 60 00
Monod Campus : +33 (0) 4 72 72 80 00

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