Molecular Life Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)


Besides the research groups of ISREC (Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research) and GHI (Global Health Institute), researchers of BMI (Brain Mind Institute), IC (School of Computer and Communication Sciences), IBI (Institute of Bioengineering), SB (School of Basic Sciences) and the NIHS (Nestl̮̩ Institute of Health Sciences) are also part of our PhD program and offer exciting PhD positions to talented and ambitious young researchers.

Thirteen different engineering science programs, customised PhD programs, cutting-edge laboratories directed by internationally renowned professors, a modern, fast-developing campus spread over some 10,000m2, close ties to industry: EPFL offers an exceptional student experience to young people planning a higher education in science and technology.

The Ecole polytechnique f̮̩d̮̩rale de Lausanne (EPFL) is a teaching and a research organization with a mission in know-how transfer and research for the benefit of the society. The Vice-Presidency for Innovation and Technology Transfer (VPIV) is responsible for the coordination of all relationships between EPFL and industry. Its dedicated teams facilitate interactions between these two worlds.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 48 months
  • Credits
    12 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The program's themes include:

  • cell biology
  • developmental biology
  • biochemistry & biophysics
  • molecular genetics
  • cancer research
  • microbiology
  • host-pathogen interactions
  • immunology
  • systems biology
  • computational biology
  • human genetics
  • stem cells
  • metabolism

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

You will be asked to upload a pdf version of the following documents:

  • Official transcripts of diplomas and grades from all academic institutions of higher education you list in your application (after and not including high-school)
  • Certified translations of diplomas and grades into English if not originally in French, German, Italian or English
  • Statement of objectives
  • A copy of your passport or official identity document showing your name in full

Once you have uploaded all these documents and confirmed all the details you have provided, you will be asked to complete and submit your application by validating it.

Tuition Fee


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