Master in Life Sciences Engineering

We train young scientists to acquire a deep understanding of the biological context and engineering aspects of development of new technologies in Life Sciences.
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The Master in Life Sciences Engineering consist of two components: The Master cycle (90 ECTS) followed by a Master thesis project taking place during the last semester (30 ECTS), for a total of 120 ECTS credits.

Coursebook including course descriptions for the Master

EPFL study plan and regulations

Regulations for passing an EPFL Master degree

Discover the EPFL Interdisciplinary Projects that can be validated as Lab immersions.

iGEM is weighed for 12 ECTS credits for both Bachelors and Masters students in Life Sciences Engineering.


Regulation Art. 15 (only in French) – Exams Master Cycle

  1. Group 1 « Core courses » is validated when at least 15 credits of the study plan are obtained.
  2. Group 2 « Options » is validated when 52 credits are obtained (including 30 credits of a minor). No more than 30 credits can be taken from lab immersions (including a minor project). Group 1 « Core courses » can be counted in Group 2 « Options » if they are not validated in Group 1.
  3. Group 3 « Industrial internship » is validated when 8 credits are obtained.
  4. Group 4 « Scientific thinking » is validated when 5 credits are obtained.
  5. Group 5 « Law, organization and economics » is validated when 4 credits are obtained.
  6. Group 6 « SHS » is validated when 6 credits are obtained.

We offer outstanding students the possibility to follow a double diploma- or a joint degree- program.