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Genetics and epigenetics specialization (M2)

Genetics study the structure, the expression, the maintenance and the evolution of genes and genomes. This is a multiscale and interdisciplinary field, which can be applied to any mechanism in biology, from cells and single molecules up to organisms and populations. Together with molecular and cellular biology and immunology, genetics is an important contributor to the study of complex diseases such as cancer.

For the last 15 years, genetics has been changing a lot, both in its techniques (deep sequencing, CRISPR/CAS9, single molecule imaging,…) and in its concepts (epigenetics, systems biology,…). The goal of our teachings is to train young researchers and engineers aware of this recent evolution, able to tackle the technological, conceptual and social challenges raised by these fast changes.


Discipline-specific skills:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of biology in general and specialized knowledge in certain disciplinary fields
  • Master the basic techniques and the equipment used in molecular biology, biochemistry and cellular biology
  • Know how to apply them in the different disciplines of biology
  • Know how to set up and run experiments.

General skills:

  • Know how to manage bibliographical resources (databases, online scientific journals, …) and master the scientific literature related to the relevant field of biology
  • Be able to summarize
  • Know how to do a critical analysis of scientific results
  • Know how to use own knowledge and be creative to identify and then resolve a scientific problem
  • Be able to learn and to adapt
  • Know how to organize work and work in a team
  • Know how to communicate results (oral presentation, posters, written reports) and defending a project against detractors
  • Appreciating the quality and pertinence of a study or a scientific approach
  • Mastering scientific English (certified level B2).

Career opportunities

The specialization can lead to positions in basic and applied research, in public or private institutions. This can be done either by a PhD, after one more year of teaching to get a complementary training (in management, marketing or paramedical jobs, for instance) or directly after the master degree. particularly in medical laboratories which focus on human genetics and oncology, in food industry laboratories and working on animals of economic significance. It also leads directly to private research positions in biotechnology companies.


Three main courses are offered:

  1. Molecular basis of cancers, which addresses all aspects of the biology and genetics of tumors,
  2. Biochemistry and genetics of RNA, which focuses on the various aspects of RNA metabolism and roles,
  3. Genomics, epigenetics and human genetics, which trains student to high-throughput genomic and epigenomic analyses for basic or applied research.



This degree specialization is aimed at students from the scientific and medical streams of Sorbonne Université and other universities with equivalent courses. Course capacity is limited to about 60 students per year.


Students must have basic training in the fields of classic and molecular genetics, equivalent to that offered in Sorbonne Université’s Bachelor of Life Sciences. Medical students must follow a specific catch up module in S2 before beginning the M2. Students from grandes écoles and engineering schools may be exempt from M1, depending on their individual profile.

Contact Informations

Contact Informations
Administrative Manager
01 44 27 34 36
Sorbonne Université
Département de formation
Biologie moléculaire et cellulaire
Tour 33-34, 1er étage, Pièce 111
Case courrier 147
4 place Jussieu
75252 Paris Cedex 05

Phone. 01 44 27 34 36

01 44 27 35 35

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