Life Sciences Engineering

Engineering solutions for Life Sciences

This master program focuses on the research and development of technologies applied to life sciences.

It covers disciplines such as mechanics of biological systems; bioelectronics and biosensing; bioimaging and biophotonics; signal processing and data analysis; bioinformatics and biostatistics as well as 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 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 reflect this ambition. This transdisciplinary philosophy is also reflected in research in life sciences as it is conducted at EPFL.

Possible specializations in life sciences engineering:
  • Biomechanical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biophotonics and Bioimaging
  • Cellular and Molecular Engineering
  • Computational Biology
  • Nanoscale Bioengineering
  • Neuroscience and Neuroengineering.

It is also possible to opt for a transdisciplinary minor in Biocomputing, Biomedical Technologies, Biotechnology, Computational Neuroscience, Management, Technology, Entrepreneurship or Neuroprosthetics.

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

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

The 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 the programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plan may be subject to change and that these are no legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree from a reputable university and excellent academic records with strong quantitative and analytical skills. The curriculum requires a solid background in sciences and technology, (mathematics, physics, chemistry, signal processing, electronics and electrical systems, computer sciences) biosciences and medical physiology.

Teaching Language: English

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In case of specific questions about this program, please contact the Life Sciences Engineering Section:

[email protected]

41 (0)21 693 96 01