Master in Chemistry

Master in Chemistry

Master 2 Chemistry for Life Sciences (CLS)


This program provides students with the skills and knowledge of research issues in the chemistry for life sciences field, in order to be able to successfully carry out research projects at this interface (by continuing in doctoral education).

In the M2 in Chemistry for Life Sciences, classes will focus on chemistry at the interface with biology and its applications, with, in particular, courses on Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry. The teaching units in Bioorganic Chemistry focuses on the synthesis, engineering and modification of biomolecules (proteins, nucleic acids and sugars) in order to obtain bioactive molecules as research tools for biology. As for the UE in Bioinorganic Chemistry, its aim is to understand the role of metals in living systems in order to best imitate the way in which they work and anticipate how they interact with biomolecules. A course of biology specific to the M2 CLS program raises students’ awareness about the different innovative biological targets which have significant therapeutic and diagnostic interest. This cross-disciplinary specialisation will broaden the students scientific culture at the chemistry-biology interface and enable a better understanding of the biological mechanisms and pathways that can be targeted. In parallel, students must also take a course of either Biology or Chemistry, within those proposed among the other programs of the Chemistry or Biology degree, to personalize their own formation. Finally, the internship at the end of the M2 is an opportunity for students to be immersed for six months in a research academic laboratory, in France or abroad, and to play an active role in a research project.

Reminder of the scientific and professional objectives of the M1 in Chemistry

The common core curriculum of the M1 in Chemistry gives students a sound theoretical and experimental foundation in synthetic chemistry and analytical methods. Students continuing with in the Chemistry for Life Sciences M2 program will gain knowledge in Biochemistry and more specific knowledge in the Engineering of Macromolecules or Biotechnologies, as well as in Bioorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry.




Formation tournée vers l’international

Students have the possibility to follow courses all taught in English in S9 (30 ECTS) as well as in the M1 (60 ECTS).





Access conditions

First year Master's degree: If you have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Science or are enrolled in the final semester of a Bachelor’s programme in Science, you are eligible to apply for the Master’s degree in Chemistry. 

Second year Master's degree: to be eligible to apply you should have completed, or be enrolled in a first year of a Master programme in Science, and totalize 60 ETCS.

Candidates from a foreign university : see more information here :

Continuous education:
Students fall under the continuous education scheme if they:
- go back to studies after an interruption of two years or more,
- did follow a continuous education programme during one of the two previous years,
- are employees, independent entrepreneurs or registered as job seekers.

In case you do not have the required diploma, you might initiate the accreditation of personal and professional experience (VAPP)


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Further studies

After the M2 in Chemistry for Life Sciences:

- Continue with a Ph D

- Additional training in management, sales or quality


The M2 in Chemistry for Life Sciences leads to the following careers:

- Design engineer, laboratory manager (upon completion of the Master’s degree)

- Higher education research professor

- Researcher in academic or industrial laboratories (following a doctoral degree)