Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences

The BSc programme in Biomedical Sciences consists of the main branch (120 ECTS credits) and two complementary branches, each worth 30 ECTS credits (BMS-A and BMS-B) (180 ECTS credits in total), and extends over 6 semesters. The courses of the main branch are a prerequisite for participation in the courses of the BMS complementary branches from the fifth semester onwards.

The curriculum for the first year of study (60 ECTS) includes the propaedeutic subjects (biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics) as well as the basics of medical sciences.

The second year of study offers multidisciplinary teaching that presents the morphological, biochemical and physiological aspects of the various organ systems in an interdisciplinary way. The lessons also include clinical illustrations and some examples from pathophysiology. Advanced courses in genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry are also part of the programme.

The third year of study is made up of teaching units from the two additional branches BMS-A and BMS-B. In the corresponding courses, some of the basic research knowledge acquired in the second year of study is deepened, new disciplines such as microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and epidemiology are learned, and basic knowledge of bioinformatics, biostatistics, modelling and computer science is taught. In addition, students are introduced to scientific research in the third year as part of an internship (7.5 ECTS) in one of the research groups in the Section of Medicine. At the end of the sixth semester, students must submit a report in the form of a scientific article and present their work at a mini-symposium organised by the section.

  • Forms of teaching and learning
    • Lectures provide an introduction to scientific methodology and scientific thinking. They contribute to the acquisition of the necessary knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts

    • Exercises complement the lectures and contribute significantly to the understanding and processing of the lecture content. They provide an opportunity to apply the principles, techniques and methods learnt to specific problems.

    • Practicals form the basis of scientific work. They give students the opportunity to carry out experiments in real-life situations, to apply a wide range of specific techniques, to train their sense of observation and to practise critical analysis and interpretation of results.

    • The internship in a research group introduces the first experimental or theoretical approach to solving a specific problem.

  • Language of instruction

    Courses on the BScBMS programme are held in German or French, depending on the lecturer's choice. Students always have the opportunity to express themselves in one or other of these languages. Examinations are held in both languages. In the third year, courses can also be held in English. The internship report is usually written in English.

  • Alternative additional subjects

    Alternative complementary branches can be chosen instead of the BMS complementary branches. In particular, we recommend the following

    Biochemistry-60 for students of biomedical sciences (BC-60BMS) [DE]

    Sport-60 for students of biomedical sciences [DE]

    Regulations for obtaining the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees [DE]

    Before choosing a complementary branch other than BMS, it is recommended that you contact the Biomedical Sciences student counsellor.

  • Recognition of credit points and exams

    The acquisition of ECTS credit points takes place in three steps: Assessment of the teaching units (UE), grouping of the UE into credit packages and crediting of the ECTS credit points. The unit examinations, which are assessed with a written or oral examination, generally take place during three examination sessions, in February (winter session), June (summer session) and September (autumn session). All examinations are offered in German and French. The modalities for the acquisition of credit points are described in the "Regulations for the acquisition of the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science" of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine.

    Refer to the following articles : Art. 5 Structure of the Bachelor programme. Art. 10 Bachelor programme (curriculum) Art. 11 Duration of the Bachelor programme Art. 16 Registration for examinations Art. 17 Withdrawal and cancellation Art. 18 Responsibility and notification of results Art. 19 Examined subjects Art. 20 Examination sessions Art. 21 Repetition Art. 22 Cheating and plagiarism Art. 23 Grading scale Art. 24 Credit packages Art. 25 Validation of ECTS points

Title awarded
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences

Study languages
German and French

Programme structure
180 ECTS credits 6 semesters

Start of studies

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