Life Sciences Engineering

Engineering solutions for life sciences.

This Master’s program focuses on the research and development of technologies applied to life sciences.

Reconstructed dendrite from a neuron previously imaged in the visual cortex in vivo. | Method: Electron microscopy | © G. Knott & S. El-Boustani

The program deals with important aspects of current biomedical research and applied engineering technologies for fields such as molecular medicine, tissue engineering, oncology, immunology, neuroprosthetics, neurosciences, brain-machine interface and biocomputational sciences.

Program’s objectives

The Master’s degree in Life Sciences Engineering aims to train young scientists capable of addressing research and development issues with a deep understanding of the biological context and engineering aspects of development of new technologies. The courses and specializations offered in the program illustrate this ambition. This transdisciplinary philosophy is also reflected in research in life sciences as it is conducted at EPFL.

The specializations offered include the following disciplines:

  • biomedical engineering
  • molecular health
  • biological data science
  • neuroscience

This program covers both theoretical foundations and practical aspects of the discipline.

Potential employment opportunities after graduation are many, including the biomedical, biotech and pharma sectors, fundamental or translational research, finance, consulting, as well as the regulatory affairs and public health sectors.

This Master’s program is an excellent preparation for both the option of doing a PhD or working in industry or start-ups.

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plans may be subject to change and that they are not legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Admission criteria

EPFL Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences Engineering or another Bachelor’s degree with an excellent academic record as well as strong quantitative and analytical skills.

This program requires a solid background in sciences and technology (mathematics, physics, chemistry, signal processing, electronics and electrical systems and computer sciences), in biosciences and in medical physiology.

Further information about admission criteria

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Diploma and title obtained

Upon completion of their Master’s curricula, students obtain an EPFL Master of Science MSc in Life Sciences Engineering. The diploma also gives graduates the right to use the title of EPF qualified Engineer.

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To learn more about this program, please use the following contacts:

[email protected]

+41 21 693 96 01

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