Biochemestry and Molecular Biology

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 660 / Year(s) Deadline: Mar 31, 2025
StudyQA ranking:9751 Duration:2 years

The goal of the program is to train young researchers in life sciences, who will master the essential concepts and latest technological developments in various disciplines. They should be able to address key questions in contemporary biology by integrating different scales of analysis and using trans-disciplinary approaches.

Our master curriculum provides a broad range of theoretical and practical courses in a close partnership with the University Pierre & Marie Curie. It further takes advantage of the strong research community of the Institute of Biology of the ENS and other neighboring institutes (ESPCI, Institut Curie, Institut Pasteur). Our students are further encouraged to take courses in other disciplines, offered by different ENS departments (Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Cognitive Sciences) and neighboring institutions.

This training program includes several projects and laboratory internships. In particular, semester-long internships will take place in leading French laboratories, both during the first and the second year of the master, which can be considered as a prelude for a PhD thesis.

Main courses offered by the Department of Biology

At least 18 ECTS have to be taken among these courses

  • BIO-M2-E01-S1 Mathematics and programming training
  • BIO-M2-E02-S1 High-throughput data analysis for genomics (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E16-S2 Computational analysis of cis-regulatory sequences (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E18-S1 Frontiers in Microbial systems (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E03-S1 Dynamical modelling of cellular regulatory networks (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E05-S1 Cellular ecosystems: from modelling to medecine (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E06-S1 Cellular machineries and regulation of gene expression (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E04-S1 Optical Microscopy : principles and applications in Neurosciences (ex: From single molecule to the dynamics of cell ultrastructures) (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E08-S1 Neurophysiology (12 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E15-S1 Interdisciplinary tutorials in neuroscience (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E13-S1 Modeling and analysis of neuronal networks, synaptic transmission and single photon response (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M1-S08-S1 Development of the Nervous System (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M1-S05-S1 Evolutionary genetics (6 ECTS) (M1)
  • BIO-M1-S04-S1 Genomes & phenotypes (6 ECTS) (M1)
  • BIO-M2-E09-S1 Genetic basis of phenotypic variation (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E17-S1 Experimental Evolution (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M1-S07-S1 Biology of Ecological Systems (6 ECTS) (M1)
  • BIO-M2-E19-S1 Experimental Ecology (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E10-S1 Functional and evolutionary genomics (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E11-S1 Adaptive Dynamics Modeling (3 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E12-S1 Structured Population Modeling (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M2-E07-S2 Multidisciplinary approach to plant and animal morphogenesis (6 ECTS)
  • BIO-M1D09-S1 Methodology Tutorials in M1 + M2 (optional course: 3 ECTS for DENS or 0 ECTS)

Main courses offered by the Pasteur Institute

  •  Genome Analysis (12 ECTS)
  •  Cellular and Molecular Genetics (12 ECTS)
  •  Mouse Genetics (12 ECTS)
  •  Protein Biochemistry (12 ECTS)
  •  Molecular Biology of the Cell (12 ECTS)
  •  Development and Plasticity of the Nervous System (12 ECTS)
  •  Multiple Roles of RNAs (6 ECTS)

Main courses offered by the Curie Institute

  • Epigenetics (6 ECTS)
  • Developmental biology : from stem cells to morphogenesis (6 ECTS)
  • Non-Coding Genome (3 ECTS)

Our students are further encouraged to take courses offered by other scientific departments of ENS (Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Cognitive Sciences), or by neighbouring institutions.

  • A curriculum vitae, mentioning training courses and detailing your higher education pedigree (subjects and modules).
  • A copy of the internet registration form
  • An ID photography.
  • A letter of application (typewritten), presenting yourself, indicating how you see your professional career, what the graduate program will bring you, and specifying the main courses that you would like to follow.
  • A photocopy of the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and all undergraduate and postgraduate academic transcripts. Please, supply any available official information regarding your relative ranking (e.g. top 5%) and the number of students in the class.
  • Two or three letters of recommendation sent to us directly (preferably by e-mail) by professors or researchers who know you well.

Send the complete file at the latest by (March 31st or June 1st) by email at: imalisM2@biologie.ens.fr or by mail 

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