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Immunology specialization (M2)

The immunology specialization aims to give students from scientific and medical streams theoretical and practical training on the fundamental basis of the immune response (innate and acquired, systemic and local), and how it fights against infectious agents (bacteria, parasites and viruses), and against cancer. The course cover topics on immunopathology: innate and acquired immune deficiencies, AIDS, autoimmunity, allergy, tumor immunology…, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic tools: monoclonal antibodies and derived products, natural and recombinant vaccines, genetic and cellular therapy, biotherapy… Guest lecturers (academics, doctors, researchers, industrial research and development professionals) offer a broad vision of the discipline and cover its latest developments, both fundamental and applied.

The course includes internships in top-class research institute and hospital laboratories or companies in Paris, France and abroad. The immunology specialization offers students three M2 programs, one of which can lead to either further research or private sector employment.

The “Immunology - Immunophysiopathology” (I2P) program gives students fundamental and translational immunology training.

The “Research on Innovative Immunotherapies & Vaccination” (RIIV) program covers the current state-of-the-art and challenges immunotherapy and vaccination approaches, as well as advanced knowledge on diagnostic tools and therapies (antibodies and derivatives, vaccines, gene, cell & molecular therapies…).

The “ImmunoTherapy & Bioengineering” (ITB) program includes fundamental immunology training and modules on biotechnology, biotherapy and innovative strategies. This latter course also offer a vocational orientation with modules focused on the corporate world, technology transfer and the industrialization of innovative strategies.


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,
  • 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,
  • Be able to appreciate the quality and pertinence of a study or a scientific approach,
  • Master scientific French (certified level B2 or above) and English (certified level B2 or above).

Career opportunities

The three programs, “Immunology-ImmunoPathology”, “Research on Innovative Immunotherapies & Vaccination”, “ImmunoTherapy & Bioengineering” lead to research (public or private, fundamental or applied) in the scientific, medical, pharmaceutical and veterinary fields, and prepare students either to seek employment directly or to go on to a doctorate. The areas concerned range from fundamental immunology to translational immunology, including immunity of infectious diseases, autoimmunity, transplantation, allergies and oncology. The more vocational “ImmunoTherapy & Bioengineering” program aims to train students for professions in applied research and innovation in these areas and more generally in biomedical science and biotechnology in companies.


After initiation with a paper at the interface with microbiology, in S2 the specialization offers preparation papers: “fundamental immunology”, and the “immunology” paper from the health M1.

The second year (M2) immunology specialization programs are organized as follows:

  • The “Immunology-ImmunoPathology” program includes a specialization course (12 ECTS) comprising 4 modules chosen from 6 options covering the fields of immunology and immunopathology, with the possibility to follow instead the “Advanced Immunology” course at the Institut Pasteur, a Project module (6 ECTS), a bibliographical presentation (6 ECTS) and an open module (6 ECTS). This program is jointly organized with University Paris-Descartes and University Paris-Diderot.
  • The “Research on Innovative Immunotherapies & Vaccination” and “ImmunoTherapy & Bioengineering” programs are organized and coordinated by Sorbonne Université. These programs, with a research stream and a vocational stream, respectively, comprise a specialization course (12 ECTS) with a common base of immunology classes with modules focussing on innovative strategies (cellular therapy, gene therapy, molecular therapy, immunotherapy and vaccines). For the research stream (RIIV), the program is completed by modules which emphasize the different applications of innovative strategies, a Project module (6 ECTS), a bibliographical presentation (6 ECTS) and an open module (6 ECTS).

For the vocational stream (ITB), the program is completed by a business module which emphasizes aspects of technology transfer, management and business knowledge in the biotechnology field, a Project module (6 ECTS), a bibliographical presentation (6 ECTS) and an open module (6 ECTS).


The course capacity is about 50 students per year (scientific, medical, veterinary, pharmacy, engineers) spread over the three programs. The specialization is open to students from the scientific and medical streams of Sorbonne Université and other universities, depending on their background. Students from engineering schools may enter directly into the M2, depending on their background.


Enrolment applications for Master’s courses can be made from mid-April to June.

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 88 85

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