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Master Interdisciplinary Approaches to Life Science

Institution Université Paris Descartes
Partner institutions Fondation BETTENCOURT SCHUELLER

Ariel LINDNER et Pascal HERSEN

Duration 2 years
Delivered degree Master of Science
Required degree

B.Sc. degree or equivalent

Specificity in systems biology

The AIV master program is interdisciplinary: students come from many disciplines (biology, physics, medicine, mathematics, chemistry, computer science...) and from very different backgrounds (universities, medical schools, engineering schools students and graduates...).


Apart from systems and synthetic biology, you will discover methods of mathematical modelling, statistical analysis and as well state-of-the-art technologies (fluorescence microscopy, nano-fabrication, molecular forces measurements, etc.) used to quantify the properties of living systems.You will also gain skills in scientific communication and may want to participate in external modules to acquire or strengthen a specific knowledge.

In the second M1 semester, you will “learn through research”, following an internship in a laboratory of their choice in the Paris area or by participating in the iGEM Paris-Bettencourt team at the MIT international synthetic biology competition. Our iGEM team is the first French team to participate and is singled out each year, including winning the 2013 world championship.

During the 2nd year, you will deepen your knowledge of life sciences, develop your ability to critically analyze scientific works and discover the Research world. Two tracks are offered: (I) general interdisciplinary track for students who wish to develop their knowledge in various interfaces with Life Sciences, (II) SSB track for students who wish to further their knowledge in systems and synthetic biology.

The M2 year consists of a one week workshop along with the FdV 1st year PhD fellows. In small groups, you will learn how to create interdisciplinary research projects.This is followed by weekly Friday afternoon courses, throughout the year, geared to develop the students’ capacities to read and analyze current scientific articles.The remainder of the M2 curriculum is devoted to research, through three internships, with at least one theoretical internship and one experimental internship.

For those willing to pursue in a PhD program, the last semester will give them the opportunity to prepare a thesis project.

Courses 1rst and 2nd year) : here

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