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Medecine and Sciences, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Lausanne, Switzerland
The Faculty of Biology and Medicine (FBM), Lausanne university, together with "Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne" (EPFL) have developped a Doctorate in Medicine and in Sciences for medical graduates aiming for an academic career. Lausanne MD-PhD Commission is responsible for this programme which offers a high quality education in sciences.
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The MD-PhD programme is designed for medical students or medical graduated from Swiss or foreign universities interested in sciences and in an academic career.

To enter the MD-PhD programme, candidates should have been selected by the MD-PhD Commission. The criteria for selection are successful test results, scientific commitment, the planned research project and an interview.

The programme includes a preparatory training and a doctoral training part. The success of the preparatory training is the prerequisit to undertake MD-PhD doctoral studies. At the end of their cursus within the MD-PhD programme the students are graduated as Doctor in Medicine and in Sciences.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Partially taught in English
    • Partially taught in French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Brain cells in action
  • Sugars and health
  • The transgenic mouse as a model of diseases
  • Immunology - inflammation - cancer 
  • Define issues and strategies for population medicine
  • The mysteries of sleep
  • Discoveries in genomics and personalized medicine
  • Gene and vision 
  • The logic of depression: psychopathologies, psychotherapies and neurosciences 
  • Translational Approaches in Clinical Neuroscience 
  • Take charge of a patient suspected of infection 
  • Pain: consequence of complex neuronal integration for a multi-faceted clinical symptom 
  • Cancer: Towards Understanding Mechanisms and Challenges 
  • Immunology

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • CV
  • Statement of purpose
  • Bachelor and Master transcripts of grades
  • Research proposal

Tuition Fee

  • International

    148 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 74 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    148 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 74 EUR per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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