- Understanding and mastering the techniques and equipment used in molecular and cellular biology, genomics and protein biochemistry.
- Knowing how to implement animal testing procedures and conduct experiments in compliance with the 2013 European regulation.
- Knowing how to implement an experimental protocol, from its creation to performing a critical analysis and checking the results.
- Understanding how to browse and use bibliographical resources (databases, articles…).
- Analysing different types of documents, both in French and in English (protocols, articles) and summarizing them.
- Organising your individual work and being capable of working both alone and as part of a team.
- Being able to properly communicate the results of your work (through presentations, posters, written reports)
Students can pursue careers in most areas of the pharmacology field, biological analysis and companies dealing with genomics, post-genomics and technology intelligence. Graduates will also hold a level 2 permit to conduct experiments on animals (entitled in French: NIVEAU 2 d’expérimentation animale).
Examples of businesses looking for interns:
- Public research laboratories (CHU, CNRS, INRA, INSERM, Universities).
- Public establishments and research laboratories of an industrial and commercial nature such as: CEA, CIRAD, IRD, IFREMER.
- Pharmaceutical laboratories and biotechnology companies (Deinove, IDvet, Histalim, Pierre Fabre, Sanofi, Acobiom,…).
Examples of projects and internship tasks:
- Cell culture: Best practices and applications in bioassays.
- Animal testing/Pharmacology: Medicine safety and developing animal models.
- Biotechnology: Overexpressing enzymes in order to produce chemical compounds using biomass (green chemistry).
- Molecular biology: searching for tumor markers in digital PCR-circulating DNA.
- Methods for diagnoses in the field of human health (Proteomics, High-throughput sequencing, Bioinformatics).
- Biotechnologies and high-throughput analysis techniques for proteins and nucleic acids (DNA chips, RNA sequencing, proteomics using mass spectrometry)
- Communication techniques and scientific English language skills
- Bioinformatic analyses and statistics
- Animal testing
- Cellular Biology and Microbiology
- Specific legislation, Bioethics, Career planning, Quality
- Management and business administration
- You will earn 60 European credits (ECTS) upon graduating from the course.
- Thorough theoretical and practical training thanks to 450 hours of classes.
- 150 hours working on different projects.
This is a one-year programme, starting in September:
- A total of 15 weeks of classes and 37 weeks working for a company.
- The schedule is as follows: 5 weeks in class followed by 3 to 4 weeks with the company until mid-February, when students start working full-time until the following September.
After the course:
Survey conducted amongst graduates:
- 6 months after graduation, 66% of graduates had found a job.
- 18 months after graduation, 93% of graduates had found a job.
Opportunities in the following fields:
- Biological analysis,
- Biotechnology companies in the health and environment sector,
- Pharmaceutical laboratories,
- Biological research laboratories.