Bachelor degree Frontiers of Life Sciences

Language(s) of instruction: English (only in 2nd and 3rd year of the program)

Length of study: 3 years, full time

Course Location: Interdisciplinary Research Center (CRI), Paris, France

Degrees awarded: Licence Frontière du Vivant – Frontiers of Life Sciences Bachelor

Entry Requirements: 

Students who apply for the 2nd year must have completed one year of undergraduate studies or equivalent. Students who apply directly to the 3rd year of the program under the condition they successfully completed 2 years of undergraduate studies or equivalent. The 3rd year is open to students from all over the world, exchange students from partner institutions are also welcome to join the program.

Language pre-requisites: B2 level in English is required (ideally C1)

Note: Since its beginning in 2011, the “Frontières du Vivant” (FdV) bachelor degree of Université Paris Cité and the Learning Planet Institute has been an experimental programme for developing and testing new teaching methods. By maintaining its focus on an interdisciplinary approach to life sciences, the degree has trained hundreds of students and seen the birth of dozens of projects.

After 13 years and 11 generations of students, the FdV experience will come to an end in 2024. Due to the upcoming closure, we will not be recruiting for the 2023-24 school year and we invite students to consider other educational programmes at Université Paris Cité. 

Course overview

L2 /Year 2 – The courses are interdisciplinary, combining the acquisitions of the different scientific subjects in the first year including biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer sciences, especially during the numerous projects. Students also have the opportunity to complete a 4 to 8 week internship.

L3 /Year 3 – The 3rd year offers one semester of interdisciplinary courses and projects with a strong focus on Quantitative Biology, followed by one semester of Life Sciences for SDGs project. They will work as apprentice researchers in a team to design a sustainable and eco-compatible solution which will take the form of an interdisciplinary research project.

Skills and competencies developed

The Frontiers of Life Sciences Bachelor has a unique interdisciplinary program, in order to provide students with a solid scientific background and the ability to mobilize various concepts and techniques to provide innovative solutions to problems related to life sciences.

This degree has chosen an active pedagogy, such as project-based learning (learning by doing) or experimentation in the field (internships, clubs, associations), because it also aims to make students the driving force behind their learning.

This two-level training, theoretical and practical, aims to give students a taste for reflection and innovation, to train them to interact, communicate and work in teams, but above all to give them a great deal of autonomy in their ability to learn and adapt, a guarantee of success in their future studies and/or professional integration.

The Frontiers of Life Sciences Bachelor aims to provide theoretical and experimental skills, both disciplinary and cross-disciplinary.


Ms. Typhaine MOISAN,  Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Virginie CHOMIER, Pedagogical Coordinator
M. David JUNG, Pedagogical Coordinator