Program Chemistry & Life Sciences

Built on the renowned expertise of several schools and research institutes of Université PSL – the École normale supérieure, Chimie ParisTech, ESPCI Paris, MINES ParisTech, the Institut Curie, the Institut Pasteur and the Collège de France – the program Chemistry & Life Sciences proposes high quality core courses in chemistry and biology, and a broad range of specialized courses covering various topics at the chemistry/biology interface.

This track prepares students in exploring biological systems in new ways using the knowledge of chemistry and biology. Because of their complexity, biological systems appear to chemists as the ultimate playground in terms of chemical reactivity, analytical challenges and modeling, while chemistry is often considered by biologists as the most appropriate level of description to unravel biological processes.

Beyond the academic applications, exploring the chemical frontiers of living matters opens new opportunities for addressing important problems of our world. Small molecules able to restore and correct function in the context of human diseases can potentially have a transformative impact in medicine. Personalized medicine could benefit from a combination of chemistry, genomics and disease biology to establish novel diagnostic tools and alternative therapeutic approaches. Chemistry and Biology have also a major role to play in the development of new renewable energies and sustainable materials, in particular through the combination of knowledge in biosynthetic pathways, metabolic engineering and bioinformatics.

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A group of highly motivated students and alumni of the Master created the Association of ChemistrY and Life Sciences (ACYLS)! They help the new students each year feel well integrated into the program.
Find out more about their story, mission, team and resources: ACYLS

Learning outcomes

The program Chemistry & Life Sciences aims at training highly motivated students interested in interrogating quantitatively and comprehensively biological systems at the molecular, cellular and network levels using various experimental and theoretical approaches. It allows students to develop their creativity through various research projects and internships, and to learn the latest discoveries and innovations at the chemical frontiers of living matter through privileged interactions with PSL faculty members.


This program leads to a large number of opportunities, including:

  • Academic research (PhD, postdocs)
  • Private sector research, development and production
  • Medical research
  • Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Scientific patenting
  • Consulting


The Chemistry & Life Sciences track is a two-year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) at the interface between Chemistry and Biology. Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Biochemistry or equivalent.
Please note that the Master is taught in English.



Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
— Current challenges at the Chemistry & Life Sciences interface (3 ECTS)
— Chemistry and Life Sciences Seminar Series (3 ECTS)
— n courses* to be choosen (24 ECTS)

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
— A 20-weeks lab internship or equivalent


Semester 1 (30 ECTS)
— Research design and project conception (6 ECTS)
— Chemistry and Life Sciences Seminar Series (3 ECTS)
— n courses* to be choosen (21 ECTS)

Semester 2 (30 ECTS)
— Master thesis (20 weeks)


Fundamentals in Chemistry and Biology
Topics: Organic Chemistry, Biophysical Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sustainability, Biointerfaces, Catalysis & Green Chemistry, Biological Chemistry, Colloid Chemistry, Biophysics, Chemometrics, Biocatalysis, Statistics, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Cell Biology, Genetics, Morphogenesis, Microbiology, Epigenetics, Oncology

Chemical and Biological Engineering for Biotechnology and Sustainable Chemistry
Topics: Synthetic Biology, System Biology, Chemical Biology, Applied Microbiology, Medicinal Chemistry & Biotechnology, Biomaterial Science, Tissue engineering, Hybrid Materials

Modeling Approaches and Analytical Tools for the Study of Biological Systems
Topics: Machine Learning, Big Data, Medical Imaging, Bioanalytics, Microfluidics, Analytical Physical Chemistry, Multiscale Theory and Computational Methods for Biomolecule Simulations, Principles and Applications of Fluorescence Microscopy


Prerequisites : Applicants must hold a Bachelor degree in Chemistry, Biology, Physics or Biochemistry or equivalent. Admission after a Master 1 degree (or equivalent) is also possible.

Admission process: Please visit the Master website on PSL website

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