Master 1

FIRST YEAR OF THE BME PARIS MASTER’S PROGRAM – M1

The first year of the BME-Paris Master’s (M1) is intended to strengthen and broaden students’ capacities in specific engineering and biomedical subjects. Students have one full year to learn fundamental and practical concepts that are required to obtain an interdisciplinary core before following a specific track of the M2.

The first semester starts with an integration week composed of:

  • A general kickoff meeting that gives a condensed overview of the Master program  
  • An individual meeting with your academic tutor who is one of the M1 chairs
  • 3 orientation days (team building, student organization, outdoor walking rally, Skills workshop, Pitch workshop, Mock interviews)

The courses will then take place on weekly basis. The students undertake a scientific thinking module and courses to the value of 30 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer Scale). Student choices need to be approved by their academic tutor.

The Scientific thinking module is a compulsory common core (6 ECTS):

  • Scientific communication
  • Medicine and Science
  • Open Your Mind seminars (every Friday, for M1 and M2 students)
  • Culture and language (course of English and/or French as a foreign language)

Considering the wide variety of academic origins and backgrounds of the students, all the M1 courses are proposed at two levels, basic or advanced, to fill-in gaps in individual students’ capacities in a wide spectrum of fundamental science subjects. Students can design their own individualized curriculum by chosen at least six 4-credit (ECTS) courses from among the 15 offered:

Semester 1

Anatomy & physiology for engineers
Molecular & cellular biology for engineers
Supramolecular chemistry
Chemical engineering of nanoparticles for therapy and diagnostic
Mechanics I : Basics in non-deformable Solid Mechanics
Physics for BioImaging I - Magnetic resonance : towards biomedical applications
Physics for BioImaging II
A mathematical introduction to data analysis
Applied Mathematics for biological systems
Computer Programming
BioMedical Modeling
Biological modeling and dynamical systems
Biology Advanced level: From molecular to cellular and tissue biology
Medicine & Science
Scientific thinking and Communication
From molecular to cellular and tissue biology
Chemistry for engineers
Mechanics II: Continuous media mechanics

Full time
Two-year program
Entirely in English

M1 entry requirements:
any Bachelor’s degree in Science

Two-subtracks were designed to fit with most common students' backgrounds:

Proposed M1 track for Engineers

Compulsory courses

Scientific thinking and Communication
Anatomy & physiology for engineers
Molecular & cellular biology for engineers
Applied Mathematics for biological systems
Biological modeling and dynamical systems

Two elective courses among

Physics for BioImaging II
Computer Programming
Chemistry for engineers
Mechanics II: Continuous media mechanics

Proposed M1 track for Biologists

Compulsory courses

Scientific thinking and Communication
A mathematical introduction to data analysis
Computer Programming
BioMedical Modeling
From molecular to cellular and tissue biology

Two elective courses among

Mechanics I : Basics in non-deformable Solid Mechanics
Physics for BioImaging I - Magnetic resonance : towards biomedical applications
Supramolecular chemistry
Chemical engineering of nanoparticles for therapy and diagnostic

Semester 2

The second semester (M2) is mainly devoted to complementary and experimental skills (30 ECTS):

Ethics and Patents
Internship 1
Scientific Writing
BioTech FabLab projects or Internship 2

Please note that you must have successfully completed the M1 year (60 ECTS) at Paris Descartes in order to progress to M2. You will be enrolled as a Paris Descartes student for the two years.

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