Master Biologie

Master Biologie

Parcours Physiology, epigenetics, differentiation and cancer 2e année

Présentation et objectifs

After having completed the first year of the master in Biology program at Université Grenoble Alpes (Molecular and cellular biology program or an equivalent 1st year program in another university), the students will have to apply for admission in 2nd year PhEDC program.

The first semester of the 1st year program is meant to complete the general scientific background of the enrolled students in various fields of biology (physiology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry...) while the second semester introduces the students to their specific 2nd year's program by offering them specialized courses and a 2-month internship in a laboratory.

The 2nd year Physiology, epigenetics, differentiation and cancer is divided in two semesters. The PhEDC first semester includes 3 types of classes :

  1. Classes aiming at providing general knowledge or skills that are necessary to researchers (handling of a research project, entrepreneurship, English)
  2. Specialized classes directly related to the topics of the 2nd year's PhEDC program (Physiology, epigenetics, development, differentiation, cancer...)
  3. Optional classes proposing an initiation to other fields of biological sciences (neurosciences, biostatistics, high throughput biology..). The PhEDC second semester is entirely constituted of a 6-month research internship in a laboratory.

At the end of this year of master 2nd year program, the enrolled students should be able to master the theoretical knowledge and the technical expertise in the fields of physiology, epigenetics, development, differentiation and/or cancer, be fluent in English (oral communication and writing skills for the preparation of research projects and scientific reports),  have acquired an expertise in synthesizing bibliographic data, be able to autonomously propose a research project and develop it using the most advanced technological equipment.



Informations complémentaires

At the end of this 2 year's master program, the students should be able to undertake a PhD program in the fields of physiology, cellular or molecular biology, epigenetics, differentiation/development and/or cancer, or become an engineer in one of the aforementioned fields.

Dimension internationale :

Formation tournée vers l’international

The 2nd year's PhEDC program is taught in English.




Condition d'accès

Second year of the master's degree in Biology : to be eligible to apply, you should have completed (or you should be enrolled in) a first year of a master’s degree  in Sciences i.e. you should have validated 60 ETCS of a master’s degree in Sciences by the end of your current academic year.

Public continuing education : You are in charge of continuing education :
• if you resume your studies after 2 years of interruption of studies
• or if you followed training under the continuous training regime one of the previous 2 years
• or if you are an employee, job seeker, self-employed

If you do not have the diploma required to integrate the training, you can undertake a validation of personal and professional achievements (VAPP)


Candidates from a foreign University, please see the admission requirements on the following website

An interview will be proposed to the applicants to the first or second year of the master’s degree in order to test their motivation.

  • 2 sessions to apply:
  • From 1 to 21 March included
  • From 25 April to 13 May included

Droits de scolarité

UGA registration fees: 243€ + 92€ CVEC

Et après ?

Et après ?

Poursuite d'études

Graduating from a master degree in Physiology, epigenetics, differentiation and cancer (PhEDC) leads to a career as a research engineer in academic or private laboratories. For the students interested in a career as a research scientist in academic institutions or in private pharmaceutical industries : consecutively to a master degree in Physiology, epigenetics, differentiation and cancer (PhEDC), the students may choose to continue with a PhD program offered by a french Doctoral school or foreign universities, and related to the aforementioned fields of biology. After the obtaining of their PhD, the young researchers usually undertake one or two post-doctoral trainings of 2-3 years each, in France or foreign countries, in order to diversify their expertise. They can then apply to permanent positions as:

  • Full time researchers at the national French organizations of research (“CNRS”, “INSERM”, “INRA”, “IRD” etc)
  • Project managers in R&D laboratories from private biotech companies
  • Researchers-teachers in French or foreign universities