Video (in French): Blanche de Gramont, testimonial
Program presentation and study plan
Presentation of the Program
This MSc leads to the title of chemist and is designed for those going into research. It offers a huge range of specialized modules in the different fields of chemistry (analytical, biological, computational, inorganic, organic, physical, etc.).
This MSc leads to the title of chemist engineer and prepares you for industrial work. It includes classes focusing on separation and reaction techniques, the development of processes, polymers, biotechnology, and management. A further component is a business internship.
Please note that the information regarding the programs’ structure as well as details of the study plan may be subject to change.
Video (in French): Charles Poirot, testimonial
Once you have completed the BSc then the MSc program, you will be ready to enter the professional world. The skills of EPFL chemists and chemical engineers are sought beyond the chemical industry in all sectors in which expertise in molecular matters is necessary.
Bachelor in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Master in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (2006).
PhD in Life Sciences (2010)
Sophie Nallet works for a biopharmaceutical company that develops vaccines and therapies against central nervous system diseases. She works in the biophysical analytics department.
… and contribute to research. Even if it’s not easy every day—the process to develop vaccines and drugs and make them available on the market can be very long—every step, every time that something works in the lab, is a small victory.
I discovered biotechnology when I was doing my Master’s degree and I found it very interesting from the beginning. When I graduated, I decided to do a PhD in this field before looking for a job. Today, I work for a company that develops vaccines and therapies against central nervous system diseases, like Alzheimer diseases. To give you an idea of the importance of this topic, by 2050 we expect that numbers to triple to 135 million Alzheimer´s Disease patients worldwide.
My job is to develop analytical methods to identify and quantify the compounds that are in our products – vaccines, antibodies and small molecules; all of them could possibly prevent or cure these diseases. When the methods are developed, they are used to measure and analyze products and make sure that they comply with the specifications. It can be products that are almost ready to be tested in clinical phase, or products that are still at the research stage.
I spend part of my time in the lab, but I do many other things too! I work on the documentation that is sent to the regulatory authorities, I take part in working groups, I supervise a technician, I have contacts with external partners, etc. Every day is different!
Bachelor in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Master in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (2013)
Grégory Widmer works as a chemical engineer for Huntsman, a multinational company that produces high technology resins for the aeronautics and automotive industry.
Founder of « PianoFacile » website (www.pianofacile.com)
… My job is to simulate, either on the computer or with experiments in the lab, the thermal behaviour of the produces that are manufactured in our production plants (for example resins used to assemble Airbus and Boeing wings). If we know the manufacturing processes risks, we can implement safety measures to prevent accidents, better temperature control, emergency measures in case of failures. or even create safer processes.
As a student, if you have the chance to do internships, take it! They will help you to understand the different possibilities and jobs opportunities in chemistry, and you will have more time to think about what you are interested in (chemical worker, laboratory technician, applied research, chemical engineer in a private company, etc). It can take some time to find a first job, and having some professional experience is a clear asset !
When I was a student, I created a website that is today number one in its field. I love playing the piano, I learned by myself when I was at high school and I decided to explain my learning method on-line. The website was very simple at the beginning, but I improved it and monetized it in 2010. Even if I could not earn enough to live only on it, it offered me a really comfortable situation as a student.
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