Fiches de cours

Bachelor project in Life sciences


Enseignant(s) :

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It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


The student will engage in a laboratory-based project in the field of life sciences engineering. Student projects will emphasize acquisition of practical skills in experimentation and data analysis. Students will acquire skills in information literacy.


A typical project will involve "hands-on" wetlab experimentation and data analysis, although theoretical and computationally-oriented projects are also possible. The projects are available on the web sites of SV laboratories (including core facilities) or discussed directly with a potential head of lab.

The bachelor project can be done in:

The students are confronted with the realization of a laboratory-based project integrating specific aspects in the field of live sciences. This project will allow them to apply, to concrete problems, skills of domain and transversal skills acquired during their studies.


The students are required to attend two mandatory information literacy modules at the beginning of the semester (2-3 hours each). The aim of these modules is to train students to search for scientific information (e.g. information and database typologies, search methodology, presentation of citation databases), to manage the information they have found (e.g. use of Zotero - reference manager), and to (re)use the information they have found (e.g. how to cite to avoid plagiarism).


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Expected student activities

Students will focus on hands-on experimentation, which may be wetlab-based or computer-based, depending on the project. Students will read and discuss assigned papers from the original scientific literature. As part of the evaluation process, students are required to submit a written report or to give an oral presentation that summarizes and interprets their results.

Total workload: 12h/week during 14 weeks (spring semester BA6) or 3-4 weeks full time (42h/week) during the summer preceding BA5.

Assessment methods

Continuous control

The mode of evaluation must be clearly defined and agreed between the student and  the project mentor in advance. Typically the mode of evaluation will include a written report and /or an oral presentation prepared and delivered by the student.

Evaluation criteria normally include as main components:

-Cross-curricular competencies

-Technical contribution

-Oral/Written reports

In case the bachelor project is made out of EPFL, project evaluation should be discussed between the EPFL mentor and the director/supervisor of the host laboratory.


Others Typically, the student will be matched with a secondary mentor (this will usually be a senior PhD student or a Postdoctoral Fellow)  who will take responsibility for the day-to-day supervision and training of the student.



Appropriate reading materials will be assigned by the student's mentor depending on the nature of the research project. The assigned reading material will usually comprise original research papers, review articles, and secondary sources (e.g., books).

Dans les plans d'études

Semaine de référence

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  • Semestre d'automne
  • Session d'hiver
  • Semestre de printemps
  • Session d'été
  • Cours en français
  • Cours en anglais
  • Cours en allemand