Who can apply

Who can apply

Every year, 30 applicants are admitted to the Master LIVE program of excellence in vaccinology learning and research, looking for Biochemists, Bioengineers, Biologists, Clinicians, Pharmacists and Veterinarians. Candidates can apply for entrance in either the first or the second year of the LIVE program with related prerequisites.

Administrative common prerequisites

The common administrative pre-requisites to apply for entrance in Master LIVE M1 or M2 level:

  • Passport requirements : all international students must supply a copy of the photo/data page of their current, valid passport. This can be uploaded via MyLIVE Application.
  • an equivalent of a EU secondary school educatione. approximately 12 years of formal education starting at age six.
  • a bachelor’s degreee. minimum 3 years of higher education (equivalent to at least 180 ECTS for European graduates). Applicants must have either an appropriate diploma or leaving certificates for their secondary school and bachelor’s degree.
  • a Bachelor academic level in Cell biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology-Virology, Physiology and Immunology 
  • English and notarized translation of all documents written in a language other than English. Please note that both documents are required: the copy in original language and the notarized English translation.  Applicants upload copies online and will have to show original of the uploaded documents for their enrolment.

English proficiency

English is the language of instruction of the LIVE. Students must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and express themselves clearly in speech and writing. If their first language or the primary language spoken at home is not English, applicant must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS academic test).

  • If you have obtained a higher education diploma with minimum 6 months of successful studies in English: you will be able to upload your certificate of studies performed in English, established by the university that has delivered the related diploma, instead of TOEFL/IELTS certificate.

otherwise you need a TOEFL or IELTS or Cambridge certificate to certify your C1 level of English proficiency. Please read the language requirements in the FAQ.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • The Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT) has four subsections, with a grading scale for each section from 1 to 30 (30 being the best possible score). We look closely at the score for each section rather than the total. The minimum scores for each section are as follows:
  •     – iBT: total score of 84 based on Reading: 21; Listening: 18; Speaking: 23; Writing: 22
  •     – paper-based exam: 550 or above.

Applicants must indicate on the TOEFL registration form that they want their test results sent directly to the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1. The TOEFL code for the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 is 0463.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

In lieu of the TOEFL exam, applicant may submit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A mean score of 6.5 or higher will also satisfy English Language proficiency requirement for LIVE programmes, each section (writing, speaking, reading, listening) being above 5.5.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

The relationship of IELTS / TOEFL with the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) is complex as IELTS/TOEFL are rather designed to span a much broader proficiency continuum. In the CEFR, the required level is C1.

Specificity for M2 entrance

Applicants who want to be enrolled at Master 2 level directly, should demonstrate:

  • advanced Master level in immunology, immunopathology and infectiology
  • at least 4 years of successful higher education studies (equivalent to at least 240 ECTS for European graduates).

Students with or without scholarships

According to their nationality, students participating in the Master LIVE must cover the costs to obtain a visa for the Schengen area, to travel to Europe, to pay the university institutional costs (IC) and their subsistence costs.

The amount of the university institutional costs (IC) is 9,000 euros per year and includes:

  • Selection process;
  • Registration, and notably, local tuitions fees in hosting universities;
  • Full access to LIVE programme (courses, offer of master thesis in academy or industry, exams, thesis examinations);
  • Full health and accident insurance cover during the entire period of the programme;
  • Student’ affairs services including administrative counselling, degree delivery, support for banking, housing, and immigration affairs;
  • Full access to hosting universities’ libraries and online resources;
  • Full access to hosting universities services (culture, sports, health, …);
  • Dedicated local language courses;
  • Special tutoring / mentoring by an Academic Advisor; access to LIVE events and networking activities with industry and alumni;

LIVE management costs.

The amount of the subsistence costs is 1,400 euros per month (depending on your way of life) and includes:

  • • Visa & installation costs;
  • General living expenses;
  • Accommodation costs;
  • • Travel costs that depend on your residence.

Three types of seats are available:

  • Seats with no scholarship “SF” for self-funded (SF) students: once selected, SF student books the seat with the not refundable pre-registration fees as long as there are still seats available for next September. For the Master LIVE, SF student needs to cover their university institutional costs and life costs for 12 months during the first year (M1) and/or 11 months during the second year (M2). The total is about 50 k€ / Student / 2 years (M1+M2) and 25 k€ / Student / 1 year (M2);
  • Seats with partial scholarship “IC/SF” covering university IC of students with any nationality. The students must cover their life costs. The total is about 32 k€ / Student / 2 years (M1+M2) and 16 k€ / Student / 1 year (M2);
  • Seats with full scholarship “SHIC” covering university institutional costs (IC) and life costs of students with any nationality. Disclaimer: the award of scholarships is depending on a positive selection decision by EACEA for the LIVE project proposal submitted under the EMJM 2024 call.

Last updated : December 17, 2023