A new international Master’s in Life Sciences and Health

On Wednesday 5 September, the first intake of a new life sciences course: M1 – Life Sciences and Health – International track in France, taught entirely in English, took place at Université Paris-Sud’s Orsay campus, offered as part of the provision of pooled education between Université Paris-Saclay’s member institutions.

The 13 students for the first class of the M1 Master’s in Life Sciences and Health came from Argentina, South Korea, the United States, Mexico, Lebanon, Palestine, the United Kingdom, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam.

This course is specifically aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree in biology who wish to obtain enhanced skills and knowledge in the key areas of life sciences and health. Teaching mainly takes place at Université Paris-Sud’s Orsay campus and Université Evry Val-d’Essonne’s Evry campus, but also at research centres at Université Paris-Saclay’s member institutions.

Odile Bronchain, a lecturer-researcher at Université Paris-Sud’s Faculty of Science and co-leader of the M1-International Track in France explained the specific characteristics to us:

“This track was designed with the aim of expanding our provision of international courses. The students can now take an entire Master’s in Life Sciences and Health (M1 + M2) completely in English. The track is open to both French and international students. The programme is multi-disciplinary. It covers all concepts and challenges encountered in the main areas of study in life sciences and health (genetic, genomics, epigenetics, cellular biology, biochemistry, signalling, systems biology, etc.). Students on the course follow an educational background shared with all Master’s in Life Sciences and Health students at Paris-Saclay, using a learning approach adapted to this new audience and mainly based on active learning. The programme’s design puts more emphasis on research training through research. Students choose their courses depending on their academic and career development goals. The entire course has a course site on the eCampus platform, helping to expand the learning platform with accessible resources and new refresher courses (in collaboration with the Pasteur Institute), remedial courses and distance learning.”

This course is one of three international tracks of the master Paris-Saclay Biologie-Santé (Paris-Saclay Master’s in Life Sciences and Health) taught at the Orsay (Université Paris-Sud), Evry (Université d’Evry Val-d’Essonne), and Versailles-St Quentin (Université de Versailles Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines) university campuses, as well as at ENS Paris-Saclay and Ecole Polytechnique graduate schools. Two other international tracks are offered from M1: “Tissue, Cell and Gene Biotherapies” at the Université d’Evry Val-d’Essonne and Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in China, and “Infectiology ” relocated to the Université des sciences de la santé [University of Health Sciences] (UHS) and the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia.

In M2, five international tracks are offered: Gene, Cell, Development; Plant Sciences; Systems and Synthetic Biology; Tissue, Cell and Gene Biotherapies and Predictive and Integrative animal Biology.

The launch of this course corroborates Université Paris-Saclay’s and its members’ internationalisation policy through the recruitment of international students and a provision of tracks in English that are also open to French students.

Applications for the academic year 2019/2020 will be available from December on université Paris-Saclay’s website.

For more information about the M1 Life Sciences and Health programme.

Odile Bronchain - odile.bronchain @ u-psud.fr
Marie-Anne Debily - Marie-anne.DEBILY @ gustaveroussy.fr
Anne-Marie Prêt - Anne-Marie.PRET @ i2bc.paris-saclay.fr