Excellence Master Fellowships


The Faculty of Sciences, in collaboration with external partners, has established an Excellence Fellowship Program to support outstanding and highly motivated candidates who intend to pursue a Master of Science in any of the disciplines covered by the Faculty. Admission criteria can be consulted on the relevant Master web pages. French proficiency is no longer a formal requirement for the Masters of the Faculty of sciences.

Application deadline: 15 March 2019 (for Masters starting in September 2019).

Why choose a Master in biology in Geneva?

Research projects done during the Master in Biology relate to fields as diverse as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, evolution, developmental biology, plant or animal biology, anthropology, physiology, microbiology or biomedical research. This course of studies offers improvement of practice knowledge, thanks to work performed in the laboratory.
It also offers the possibility to carry out training courses in other fields such as marine biology, ecology, as well as tropical or alpine botany.
In addition to the Master in Biology, with an open choice of classes, several specialized orientations offer a focused program (compulsory classes and restricted choices).

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Section of Biology highlights

Tubules to stop cell growth


TORC1 is an enzyme complex that controls the normal growth of our cells; but, when too active, it can promote diseases such as cancer. A study led by the team of Robbie Loewith and published on October 4, 2017 in Nature describes how sugar regulates the activity of TORC1, through a surprising mechanism.

Why premature cell division promotes cancers


Morgane Macheret and Thanos Halazonetis have discovered how genes responsible for cell division, when mutated, disrupt the replication process of the genome and promote tumor formation. These results were published on February 21, 2018 in Nature.

Winners 2018

  • Sandrine Reymond
  • Celso Trichtinger
  • Andréa Willemin

Winners 2017

  • Vitalii Ivanitsa
  • Zsofia Keszei
  • Rodrigue Peraldi

Winners 2016

  • Maud Oïhénart
  • Milica Perisic
  • Bogoljub Tirckovic

Winners 2015

  • Reem Adem Biologie-Mathématiques
  • Sacha Decostered Biologie-Mathématiques

Winners 2014

  • Kristina Cermakova
  • Aleksandra Lezaja
  • Roman Podolec
  • Lyudmil Raykov

Winners 2013

  • Sarah Cachelin
  • Lukas Hafner
  • Matti Lindup
  • Boris Sieber