In fall 2022 we open an international Master Program in “Philosophy in Biology and Medicine” in Bordeaux which will provide a unique philosophical approach to the life sciences.

Key Facts

  • Format: MA
  • Duration: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • Credits : 120 credits ECTS
  • Location: Bordeaux, France
  • Eligible applicants: international
  • Application: Please contact the coordinator Maël Lemoine (mael.lemoine[at]u-bordeaux.fr)

This master is part of the program “Information et médiation scientifique et technique“, co-accredited by the University of Bordeaux and the University of Bordeaux Montaigne.


Picture yourself as part of a small community of like-minded philosophy students with a strong taste for science. You all share a workspace in the middle of an immunology lab, where other master’s students, PhD students and researchers come and go in their lab coats: This is your environment.

Along with you are four permanent teachers in philosophy of science who will share their research, support you in your development, and include you in the network of collaborations they themselves have already established with important figures in contemporary science. Not to mention PhD students and postdocs in philosophy of science.

Every other week or so, a renowned philosopher or scientist visits the lab and gives a talk – a specific slot of time is dedicated for you to speak with them. International conferences are organized – and you’re among the organizers.

Information to be updated for 2022-2023

Two to three top philosophers of science or scientists come and spend a longer time in the lab, with some dedicated time for you – in 2022, these people will be philosophers of biology Elliott Sober (University of Wisconsin, USA) and Angela Potochnik (University of Cincinnati, USA).

The teaching is very interactive. It happens in small groups of 5-10 students, directly in our lab, or in the scientific labs of our partners on campus for the acquisition of basic or advanced scientific knowledge.

In this Master, you will learn how to seriously deal with scientific problems as a philosopher of science. You will acquire a high level of competence: exceptional reading and writing skills that will allow you to publish both in philosophy and in science journals, and access to an exceptional network of people around the world. Already in the second year you will have written and hopefully published your first article with the help of a first year student and under the supervision of one of the lecturers. This will give you the best chance of getting an excellent PhD position.

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Your Teachers

Fridolin Gross

Associate Professor of philosophy of medical science and member of the team “Conceptual Biology and Medicine”.

Maël Lemoine

Professor of philosophy of medical science and Co-PI of the team “Conceptual Biology and Medicine”. Coordinator of the Master program.

Thomas Pradeu

CNRS Senior Researcher and Research Professor. Creator and Co-PI of the team “Conceptual Biology and Medicine”.

Jonathan Sholl

Associate Professor of philosophy of medical science and member of the team “Conceptual Biology and Medicine”.

Further Information

Program Factsheet

You can download the program factsheet here.

Requirements for Admission

• Hold a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) or equivalent degree in philosophy.

• Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in another subject (social science, scientific field) must provide documented interest in the field of philosophy of biology or medicine.

• Proficiency in English is required. Candidates should have adequate knowledge of written and spoken English, equivalent to C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Program Duration and Level

• 2 years (120 ECTS).

• Master’s degree.

Strengths of this Master Program

• Share a new vision of philosophy as a tool for scientific research.

• Learn how to collaborate with scientists.

• Embedded within a top level international network in philosophy of biology and medicine and in biology and medicine.

• For non-native speakers, improve your English and writing skills.

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Registration Fees and Process

Registration fees:

For French, European and non-European students, the registration fees remains the same for this master degree: 92.00€ + 243.00€ per year.

Registration process:

If you’re interested, please feel free to contact the coordinator of the program mael.lemoine[at]u-bordeaux.fr as soon as possible. She will answer your questions about the registration process, deadlines and the master degree organisation.

Grants and financial aid:

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The master is co-habilited by University of Bordeaux and Bordeaux Montaigne University. You will be affiliated to Bordeaux Montaigne University, and you will follow the courses on the University of Bordeaux campus and in the ImmunoConcept lab. ImmunoConcept lab is located in the Carreire campus which is situated five minutes from the city center. It hosts the majority of students taking biology and medical subjects as well as numerous research laboratories. Some of your courses might be organised in the Talence-Pessac-Gradignan campus which is lying 5 km south west of the center of Bordeaux. The Talence-Pessac-Gradignan campus is served by line B of the tramway.

Student Life in Bordeaux

Accomodation and student life

In order to help you organise your stay and give you more details about finding an accomodation, getting a social security and healthcare mutuals, opening a bank account or learn more about the transport network, please feel free to contact us via our dedicated assistant corinne.luijten[at]u-bordeaux.fr

Budget preview (source : University of Bordeaux – 2018)  

More about Bordeaux

Bordeaux, a city renowned for many good things: listed as “UNESCO World Heritage Site”, described as “an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”, classified as “City of Art and History” and last but not least, the wine capital of the world! Capital of south west France, Bordeaux is home to dedicated football and rugby teams. Less than an hour away, there are the sunny beaches of the Atlantic coast and the rolling landscapes of the region’s famous vineyards. Further south lie the historic and cultural treasures of the Pays Basque and the Pyrenees. The new high-speed rail connects Bordeaux to the European high-speed rail network and places the Gironde capital only 2 hours from Paris.

Local and International Internships

Master 1, local internship for 6 weeks

The purposes of the local internship in a science lab are to become familiar with scientific research through immersion and to develop communication with scientists.

Master 2, international internship for 8 weeks

The purposes of the international internship are to develop new skills, gain international experience and boost your employability. For more information about the internships, please feel free to contact the coordinator of the program : mael.lemoine[at]u-bordeaux.fr