A typical project will involve “hands-on” wetlab experimentation and data analysis, although theoretical and computationally-oriented projects are also possible.
The students are confronted with the realisation of a laboratory-based project integrating specific aspects of life sciences engineering. This project will allow them to apply skills of domain and transversal skills acquired during their studies to concrete problems.
The projects are available on the web sites of SV laboratories or discussed directly with a potential head of lab. The lab immersions can be done inside (8-12 ECTS) or outside EPFL (22 ECTS, in academia or industry).
- Lab immersion I – 8 credits (BIO-501)
- Lab immersion II – 8 credits (BIO-502)
- Lab immersion III – 12 credits (BIO-503)
Detailed course description for BIO-501 are available in the course book.
Where can I do a Lab immersion?
Student projects are available on the websites of SV laboratories or discussed with a potential head of lab.
- Global Health Institute (GHI)
- Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC)
- Neuroscience – Brain Mind Institute (BMI)
- Bioengineering Laboratories (IBI)
- Core facilities
and other faculties, with approval of the section.
During the semester : 16h (or 24h/week for 12 ECTS) during 14 weeks
During the Summer : 5 weeks (or 8 weeks for 12 ECTS) full time; week = 42h
Or as discussed with a potential head of lab
Total workload = 240 or 360 hours
We encourage you to see different labs during your master studies.
Latest 2 weeks after the beginning of the semester.
When you register on is-academia, please download the pdf form, ask your supervisor to sign it and send it to [email protected] for record.
The mode of evaluation must be clearly defined and agreed between the student and the project mentor in advance. Typically the mode of evaluation will include a written report and /or an oral presentation prepared and delivered by the student.
You cannot spend BIO-501, BIO-502 and BIO-503 outside EPFL.
Download and complete the project proposal form (below) and submit it to the SV Section.
The form must be approved and signed by an EPFL supervising professor and Igor Allaman.
Validation of a BIO-506 implies that the Master project has to be carried out in academia.
External Master students must validate at least 90 ECTS credits within EPFL.
This implies that external Master students may do a 22-credit lab immersion outside EPFL or a 30-credit Master thesis project outside EPFL but they may not do both.
Students must provide 2 reports to their EPFL supervisor, one 7 weeks after their arrival and the second one 14 weeks after their arrival at the lab host.
BIO-504 and BIO-506 are evaluated upon a pass/fail system. They are not graded.
How many credits Lab immersions can I take?
No more than 30 credits can be taken from lab immersions (including a minor project)