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 deals with important aspects of current biomedical research and applied engineering technologies for fields such as molecular medicine, tissue engineering, oncology, immunology, data science, neurosciences, and biocomputational sciences. It covers both theoretical foundations and practical aspects of the discipline.

This program 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.

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

  1. Bloc 1 « Core courses Life Sciences Engineering » is validated when 11 credits of the study plan are obtained (all courses mandatory).
  2. Group 1 « Core courses Engineering and Computation » is validated when at least 12 credits of the study plan are obtained.
  3. Group 2 « Options » is validated when 52 credits are obtained (including 30 credits of a minor). No more than 45 credits can be taken from lab immersions (including a minor project). Group 1 « Core courses Engineering and Computation » can be counted in Group 2 « Options » if they are not validated in Group 1.
  4. Group 3 « Industrial internship » is validated when 8 credits are obtained.
  5. Group 4 « Scientific thinking » is validated when 5 credits are obtained.
  6. Group 5 « Innovation and entrepreneuship » is validated when 4 credits are obtained.
  7. 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.

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.


Science, technology and computation are the foundations onto which engineers in Neuro-X build their expertise. Their multidisciplinary profile complements the fundamental skills of engineers and medical-domain specialists by a strong technological component, making them not only highly demanded and valued professionals in neurotechnology, but also preparing them for research in neuroscience-related fields.

More information on the dedicated page.