Master in Biology, option Molecular Biosciences, Genetics, Development & Evolution (MBGDE)
This orientation aims to develop an active knowledge of scientific approaches that integrate molecular and cellular biology with genetics, bioinformatics and zoology. Experimental work and courses are designed to promote students' autonomy so that they acquire the ability to solve problems on their own, to develop learning processes and to communicate clearly and rigorously, while expressing their creativity and imagination. Students have access to the latest technologies and, with experienced researchers, learn to analyze the experimental data they produce, to evaluate their significance, and to present their research project in a dynamic way. Special emphasis is also placed on critical discussion of the scientific literature.
Master in Biology, option Biodiversity & Systematics (BDS)
The objective of this orientation is to offer a modern and thorough training in the fields of biodiversity, systematics, phylogenetics, and conservation. This orientation is organized jointly by scientists from the Biology section, the Natural History Museum and the Conservatory and Botanical Garden of the city of Geneva. Students participating in this orientation follow theoretical and practical courses in the fields of taxonomy and systematics, phylogenetic inference and macroevolutionary analyses, population genetics and the evolution of biodiversity and its conservation. Numerous elective courses and field placements are also available. Emphasis is placed on personal reflection, well-structured argumentation and the development of critical thinking skills. This orientation offers a wide range of master's projects covering many groups of organisms from bacteria to plants and animals, including humans, and using state-of-the-art approaches in imaging, genetics and genomics, and modeling, to answer evolutionary, ecological, and systematics questions.
Master in Biology, option Bioinformatics and Data Analysis In Biology (BIADB)
The goal of this orientation is to learn to master (or develop) bioinformatics and biostatistics tools to analyze data in various fields of biology (population genetics, genomics, proteomics, evolution, etc.), and to apply these tools to a specific research topic in one of these fields.
Master in Biology, option Mathematics
The mathematics orientation allow students with a biology background to broaden their knowledge in mathematics and to work on a multidisciplinary project.
Master in Biology, option Physics
The physics orientation allow students with a biology background to broaden their knowledge in physics and to work on a multidisciplinary project.
University of Geneva International PhD program in Life Sciences
The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Geneva together with the Novimmune company offers an outstanding research environment for studies in Life Sciences.
The departments of Genetics & Evolution, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Organic Chemistry and Novimmune have united their efforts to provide an extensive educational background and possibilities in research that are necessary to meet the scientific challenges of the future.
All students in the program take part in a common curriculum creating a team spirit and facilitating exchange. Over thirty research groups participate in the program offering a wide variety of research themes. There are currently over 80 PhD students in the host labs and we predict approximately 15 new entries each year
Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution of the Universities of Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel
The field of ecology and evolutionary biology is well established in western Switzerland, with about thirty research groups distributed between the Universities of Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne and Neuchâtel. Thanks to the financial support offered from the Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO), these five Universities decided to join their efforts and expertise to establish a new Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution.
The Doctoral Program in Ecology and Evolution (DPEE) aims to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and scientific methods through seminars and workshops to which foreign experts will be invited. The doctoral program will also allow doctoral students to improve their aptitude for communication about their research, and offers a possibility to improve scientific English. Furthermore, the school encourages the doctoral students to acquire experience in the organization of their own scientific events (congress, seminars) and to establish networks of collaboration.