Virology (Viro)

Persons in charge

Sylvie van der Werf – Flore Rozenberg


The Virology track of the BMC Master’s program is a training of excellence through and in research that aims to acquire the concepts, approaches and technologies of modern virology. An integrative vision calling upon different disciplines allows to approach epidemiological and ecological aspects, emergence mechanisms, viral pathogenesis (including oncogenesis) in human and veterinary medicine at the clinical, therapeutic and prophylactic levels.

The Virology program includes a set of courses common to the entire class with a specialization course:

  • Fundamental Virology (VF), which focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying viral pathogenesis
  • Molécular Virology and Pathogenesis (VMP), which focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in major viral pathologies

In partnership with Sorbonne University, ENS Paris-Saclay and Pasteur Institute.


  • To acquire knowledge of the mechanisms of multiplication and interactions with the host for viruses of interest in public health and animal health and their model viruses
  • To know and implement classical or more advanced technologies in virology
  • To acquire the reasoning and the experimental approach and develop critical analysis
  • To contribute to a research program with written and oral restitution

For whom ?

Bac +4
Master 1 BMC or equivalent; engineer; students in the health field (medicine, pharmacy) with a validated second cycle of medical studies with UE in microbiology/virology/parasitology, molecular and cellular biology or Inserm School or equivalent.


16 students
Initial or continuing education

And after ?

Success rate in M2: 100
Continuation of studies in Doctorate: 93%.


Equivalent of 9 ECTS in virology or equivalent in molecular and cellular biology, immunology, microbiology.
Good to very good level in the required subjects.
French level C1 or equivalent. Good command of scientific English required.
Internship in a laboratory is a bonus.

Targeted skills


  • Knowledge of the mechanisms of multiplication and interactions with their host for viruses of interest in public health and animal health and their model viruses
  • Knowledge of the implications of virus-host interactions in pathophysiology (including oncogenesis), viral evolution, or in terms of response to antivirals or vaccination


  • Organizational skills, rigor and method
  • Ability to synthesize data and knowledge
  • Mastery of computer tools in the field
  • Ability to work in a team or independently
  • Mastery of scientific English
  • Mastery of written and oral expression techniques; ability to convince and defend a project


  • Ability to design and implement an experimental approach in the field of virology with the development of hypotheses and associated experimental schemes
  • Ability to collect and analyze multiple data and to conduct bibliographic research
  • Ability to produce, research and process documents for oral or written communication of work and its interpretation
  • Knowledge and respect of regulations (biosafety, biosecurity, ethics)