Master’s degree programme in Biology & Health, with a special focus on Anti-infectious immunity and vaccines

Published on March 1, 2022 Updated on March 10, 2022

Course description

Year 1 : The objective of the first year of this Specialist Biology and Health Master’s programme (M1) is to provide the basic skills and knowledge that will enable students to enrol in the second year of a Specialist Master’s programme, either at UPEC or at another university. Students will gain the necessary skills and knowledge thanks core modules in sciences and in medicine, and thanks to a wide range of optional courses.

Year 2 : The objective of the second year of this Specialist Biology and Health Master’s programme (M2) is to provide students with expert knowledge in virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases - including emerging and re-emerging diseases, immunology (cellular and humoral immune responses during infectious diseases), the development of anti-infective strategies including vaccines (pre-clinical study models, phase 1-3 clinical trials, regulatory affairs, intellectual property), systems biology, and the political and social issues raised by vaccination (controversies and public issues, frameworks for analysing public debates on vaccines and vaccination, vaccines, the media and the population, etc.)

Enrolment capacity

M1: 36
M2: 30

Career opportunities

This course will enable graduates to prepare for PhD study and a career in the pharmaceutical industry, in regulatory agencies or international institutions.

Research environment

Students will learn from leading research teams as this programme has a partnership with the Vaccine Research Institute (VRI) which brings together several teams from the Mondor Institute of Biomedical Research (IMRB), including Team 16 and a number of international teams (UMR-E1 CEA - Fontenay-aux-roses; U897 Bordeaux; Baylor Research Institute, Dallas, USA ....), as well as the team of Medicine Nobel Prize laureate Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (Institut Pasteur).
This university programme relies on the extensive experience of its research teams in students training (working in collaboration with more than 33 Master’s courses) and in transitioning graduates to the workplace.
Most module leaders on this course are research-active and core members of the VRI network and of the IMRB. External expert contributors (industrial partners, regulatory agencies) lead the courses related to vaccine development.

Course unit details

M1 Health and Biology:

- Semester 1: theoretical courses consisting of 4 compulsory courses and 3 optional courses to be chosen among 9, completed by a compulsory practical course.
- Semester 2: theoretical courses consisting of 2 compulsory courses and 6 optional courses to be chosen among 11, completed by a compulsory internship course.

M2 Anti-Infectious Immunity and Vaccines:

Compulsory courses

- UE The diagnosis in Infectious diseases and its development: 3 ECTS
- UE Immunity to infectious agents: 3 ECTS
- UE Mucosal immunity: 3 ECTS
- UE Anti-infectious strategies and vaccines: 3 ECTS
- UE Pre-clinical and clinical development: 3 ECTS
- UE Social and political issues of vaccination: 3 ECTS

Courses for students training

Presentation of the internship topic in English
- Presentation of the internship topic : 9 ECTS
- Oral expression in a foreign language (English): 3 ECTS
- Laboratory internship: 30 ECTS Continuing education option

Courses for professionals (continuing education)

Presentation of the thesis topic in English
- Presentation of the thesis topic: 9 ECTS
- Oral expression in a foreign language (English): 3 ECTS
- Bibliographic dissertation : 30 ECTS
All the courses will be taught in English and in person. The academic year will be divided into one semester of theoretical courses and one semester of practical work in a public or private research laboratory. To validate their internship, students will have to write a dissertation and give an oral presentation.
Each theoretical teaching module will include 4 days of classroom teaching and one day of tutorials to prepare students for the final exam.
A quality charter (evaluation of accredited courses) has been developed and implemented, using well-defined criteria such as recruitment and professional insertion indicators. This charter aims to evaluate the excellence of the education provided.


Semester 4: Internship.


M1: Semesters 1 and 2 are validated individually with a mark at or above 10/20, without compensation between them, and provided that you did not obtain a grade below 08/20 in any module.
If you fail one of the compulsory written exams, you will have the possibility to resit it by passing an oral examination.
Candidates can retake exams that they failed in either semester at the beginning of July. The better grade of the two exams will be retained.

Pedagogical calendar

M1 :
- semester 1: from beginning of September to Christmas break
- semester 2: from second week of January to end of May; Internship: January to beginning of March

Admission requirements for initial training

Access to the M1 Biology and Health scientific course is open to students who have completed a Scientific degree or a Health Sciences degree, or any other Biology degree with a solid foundation in molecular biology, cell biology, and animal physiology. A good level of English is also required.
Access for international students requires a good command of the French language (Minimum level required: C1)

M2 :
- a validated M1
- a solid foundation in immunology, cellular and molecular biology, infectiology, and English.

Admission procedures for continuing education

M1: Access to the M1 Biology and Health course is possible for any candidate with a solid and up-to-date foundation in cell biology, molecular biology and animal physiology.

M2: The Anti-Infectious Immunity and Vaccines programme is open to candidates who are physicians, scientists, pharmacists with an academic background, as well as executives from the pharmaceutical industry involved in product development and marketing.

2021-2022 tuition fees:

- Self-funded: € 2,043
- Paid by your employer or other organisation: €6,543


- Students (including mature students): application on
- International students (Campus France procedure): visit
- International students (not on Campus France): apply at

For more information, contact the Masters Department.