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ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH. Graduates with degrees in pharmacology and the life sciences are finding a challenging and changing landscape when it comes to their careers. Read more

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ALL COURSES ARE TAUGHT IN ENGLISH

Graduates with degrees in pharmacology and the life sciences are finding a challenging and changing landscape when it comes to their careers. Companies are increasingly searching for people who are not only strong technically, but can also understand, lead, and manage, different business functions. This requires a broad skillset and a practical mentality, which is becoming harder and harder to find.

The people who enter this program come with a scientific background and already have completed advanced degrees (PhD, PharmD and MSc in biological and chemical sciences). This program allows the participants to develop real-world business skills, develop professional networks, and exchange with senior business professionals who have deep industry experience.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

- To master and understand how the forces driving science, technology, and business interact in the real world to influence decisions.
- To enable graduates to gain practical knowledge and skills in biotechnology management to become more valuable to employers, enhance their career prospects, and develop their core competencies.
- To train a highly qualified managerial staff capable of analyzing and appreciating the relationships between technology and productivity along the value chain of the organization.
- To develop key analytical thought processes to not just understand the complexities of current situations and challenges, but also how to apply those results in unfamiliar and new circumstances, regardless of what the future may bring.
- As participants in the program come from around the globe, it is essential to learn how to work in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural setting where English is the primary language.

Located in the heart of the French Silicon Valley, Grenoble Ecole de Management has built its reputation through the education of the world’s most creative, talented and ambitious individuals for the nano / biotechnology and high technology industries.

Program

Grenoble Ecole de Management has been offering the Advanced Master in Biotechnology Management since 2002. Since its inception, the school has offered an industry-focused program that truly is interdisciplinary in nature.

The program was designed to respond to the growing need in the biotechnology industry for professionals who are trained in management and decision making.

The curriculum includes essential skills for the successful manager and focuses on the body of knowledge that is unique to the business decisions that exist in the life-science industry.

Students will develop not only the skills they need to effectively manage in technologically complex workplaces, but also the vision to becoming leaders in their fields.

REAL CASE INNOVATIVE PROJECT

In teams, the program participants work on a real-world innovative project designed to highlight the current challenges and decisions facing managers and business leaders.

They undertake a feasibility study and market analysis of a subject matter for a period of 6 months. They develop industry contacts and make full use of professional networking opportunities to learn more about their chosen projects. The objective of the simulation is to underscore the relationships among the business functions as well as develop an appreciation of the complexities and challenges of strategic management.

Graduates will be able to analyze and appreciate the relationships between technology and productivity as well as business opportunities along the value chain of the organization within a context of dynamic and uncertain environment.

They should be prepared to challenge the conventional assumptions and paradigms while actively seeking new technologies and strategies to strengthen the value creating and competitive processes within their organizations.

Companies

Graduates of this program are qualified for a wide range of positions with scientific research firms and pharmaceutical companies.

They can advance an existing career or transition to new opportunities in the life science industry (http://study.com/articles/Life_Science_Degree_and_Certificate_Program_Summaries.html). Entrepreneurial and management-level positions are available to Advanced Master’s degree holders in the following:

- Business development
- Product development
- Project management
- Venture capital
- Consulting
- Marketing
- Investment banking

Admission

This program accommodates individuals with both technical (MSc, PharmD, PhD) and non technical Bachelor’s degrees (with a minimum of 3 years of professional experience) who are seeking graduate education to advance into managerial and leadership roles in the life science-based economy. It is also designed for or entrepreneurs willing to develop and manage technological and business opportunities.

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About the Master’s Degree. MP. 2. is a 2 year, course-based, full-time international research Master's Degree focused on Microbiology and related processes and Physicochemistry applied to food and wine Processes, offered by the. Read more

About the Master’s Degree

MP2 is a 2 year, course-based, full-time international research Master's Degree focused on Microbiology and related processes and Physicochemistry applied to food and wine Processes, offered by the University of Burgundy - Franche-Comté and AgroSup Dijon. This master aims at training future researchers and managers of the food and wine science and industry.

Indeed, today several factors influence and explain the dynamism of employment of researchers and managers in the field of the food science and food-processing industries:

  • the increase of the regulations and the control of agro-industries,
  • the changes of uses and technologies in the production and the elaboration of food,
  • the energy transition
  • Urgent need of innovation to meet the challenge to feed the whole planet in very close future.

Course content

The topic of the main courses of the first year of this international master will be the consumer’s perceptions of food and introduction to food and wine physical chemistry, microbiology and food processes. Then students will rapidly focus their courses (lectures, tutorials, practicals and projects) in biotechnology, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, microbiology, mass transfer, food processes. Back to Dijon in the second year, the students have to choose an option to specialize in microbiology and microbiological processes or in physicochemistry applied to food and wine science. Finally they will have to perform a six months research internship in a laboratory (in France or in a foreign country) to validate a master thesis.

During the second semester of the first year all the students have to perform an international mobility in another European university through an Erasmus learning agreement.

Program description

Our approach is student-centered and participative. It combines lectures, seminars and practicals, workshops and individual/team projects. The modules below are indicative of those offered in this program. This list is based on the current organization and may change year to year in response to new needs in the food industry:

  • 1st year (60 credits)
  • 1st year, first semester (30 credits)

UE1-Toolbox (project management, statistics, mathematics, french-english, visits….)

UE2- Chemosensory perception, emotions, memory and food choices

UE3- Perception and sensory evaluation

UE4- Microbiology and Microbiological processes

UE5- Chemistry and Physical chemistry

 

  • 1st year, second semester (30 credits)

Units to be choose through a learning agreement with academic European partners through:

Analytical chemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, chemistry, microbiology, heat and mass transfer, physical chemistry, food technology and processing…..

 

  •  During the 1st year, students carry out a 2 months internship in a research laboratory or an industry.

 

  • 2nd year (60 credits)
  • 2st year, first semester (30 credits) students have to choose an option (1 or 2) to specialize in microbiology and microbiological processes (option 1) or in physical chemistry (option 2)

 

Option1:  New insigths in microbiology and food processes

UE1: Toolbox and project management

UE2A: Microbiology applied to food safety: pathogens and flora alterations

UE3A: Interactions and adaptations of microorganisms to their environments

UE4A: Food and wine design by the mean of microbiology

UE5A: Food processes and emerging technologies

 

Option1:  New insights in chemistry and physicochemistry for food design

UE1: Toolbox and project management

UE2B: Food and wine analysis

UE3B: Food and wine stability

UE4B: Food design by the mean of physicochemistry

UE5B: Chemistry and toxicology applied to food safety

 

  • 2st year, second semester (30 credits)

UE6: Training

During the 2nd year, students carry out a 6 months research internship (France or international) to validate a master thesis

 

About the University

The University “Bourgogne Franche – Comté” has been ranked 2nd best French University in the field of Food Sciences (Shangaï, 2017). Most of the lecturers and scientists involved in the Master’s program are members of the Food and Microbiological Processes research unit (UMR PAM). The PAM Research Centre plays a major role in scientific and technological advances in the field of food and wine. The joint scientific focus of all the members is to understand the physical, chemical, and biological phenomena that determine food quality with the ambition of developing new products and new food processes. In addition to the pedagogical team, international invited lecturers will be involved.

Funding and tuition fees

As an international postgraduate you will benefit from France’s low tuition fees and have access to a wide range of funding programs (Grants from I-SITE UBFC, ERASMUS, French embassies, AUF bursaries, etc.). You can also apply for funding from the Université Bourgogne Franche - Comté (25 grants in 2017).

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (180 ECTS) in biology, food science, chemistry, physical chemistry or engineering science. Those having completed a Master’s Degree or equivalent (240 ECTS) related to biology, chemistry or physical chemistry can enter directly in the 2nd year.

Candidates should have good English proficiency (B2 required).

Career  

This Master’s Degree aims at providing students with job-relevant competencies and skills for a career as research project leader in academic laboratories, research institutes or R&D departments of international companies. The expertise will be in the field of microbiology and microbiological processes, chemistry and physical chemistry applied to food and wine science. Students will be encouraged to perform a PhD after this master degree

More Information

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AgrosupInternational/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/11457379

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/agrosupdijon



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Description. This one year and a half course of study (36-credit hours) is offered entirely online with optional residency. This hands-on, project driven program for the aspiring martial artist educator adds a new dimension to your sports practice. Read more
Description:
This one year and a half course of study (36-credit hours) is offered entirely online with optional residency. This hands-on, project driven program for the aspiring martial artist educator adds a new dimension to your sports practice. Martial arts is a philosophy, a way of life, an attitude, a passion, a hobby or a profession.

This program takes a holistic approach and seeks to train the complete martial artist.

Professors are world and national champions in their discipline, they are certified martial arts trainers and have an impressive tracking record. They bring to the online and on-campus classroom and dojo the blend of physical and mental preparation.

Program Objectives:
The Master of Arts in Martial Arts degree is designed to broaden you knowledge and experience in the field and add a deeper dimension to your practice and increase your impact in the dojo both as a student, as an instructor or as a manager.

Curriculum Highlights:
In addition to various subjects and personal reflection, martial arts students prepare several small projects culminating in a major proposal for enhancing their martial arts practice, dojo, or professional life.

Kyouchou Dojo:
Our partner Kyouchou Dojo brings our virtual dojo to your home. Train while you study and earn ranks recognized all over the world. Enrolling in a Kyouchou Dojo program adapted to your skills and interest, you will satisfy internship requirements.

Credit Value: 90ECTS/36US
Languages: English
Study Options: Online

Earn a degree fully online, and at your pace. Our innovative personalized approach gives you the opportunity to accelerate your studies, and increase your employability potential. Start your degree any day of the year!

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The AIV Master is a 2-year. international program. designed to help students prepare their career in science and to find their way in research. Read more

The AIV Master is a 2-year international program designed to help students prepare their career in science and to find their way in research. At AIV, we believe that the future of Biology-related disciplines lies in the interaction with the other sciences - Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering and so on. We teach students to speak a common language of science, and to interact with experts from different fields in order to tackle research questions with a multifaceted, comprehensive approach.

It is hosted in the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI) of Paris, an international environment that fuels creativity and openness, both in Science and in Education.

You will study of Life Sciences with an innovative, interdisciplinary approach based on the convergence of Biology, Physics, Computer Science and many other disciplines, to answer research questions in a more comprehensive way.

You will gain substantial, meaningful research experience thanks to our program, rich in internships (4 over the course of the 2 years).

You will be trained by prominent researchers from different backgrounds, who experience innovative teaching methods.

You will work in an international environment that promotes teamwork and collaborations. You will build long-lasting ties with prominent researchers and fellow students from all over the world.

Do you want to be trained in Systems and Synthetic Biology? Do you want to build the skills you need to achieve your PhD? Do you want to help us building an open and collaborative scientific community and be part of something unique and special? If the answer to any of these question is yes, apply now!

Course content

Our students learn both hard and soft skills fundamental to be scientists, while gathering a significant amount of research experience in labs, start-ups or companies. The Master is designed to adjust around the student's needs for building his or her desired portfolio of experience. It is also possible to integrate the program with courses from the other two AIRE tracks, Learning and Digital Sciences.

Master 1

The first year of the AIV Master is designed to teach you primarily Systems, Synthetic and Computational Biology. The first semester is entirely devoted to full-time courses, in which students will also familiarize with the main tools that will help them study Life Sciences in an interdisciplinary way (Mathematical modelling, Physics, Statistics). After the core courses of the first semester, you will have the chance of learning through research with a 6-months internship in the lab of your choice. You can also choose to participate in the iGEM competition, an international competition in Synthetic Biology.

Master 2

The second year of the Master is designed to emphasizes training in scientific reasoning, critical analysis and project development. It includes a rotation of three 3-months research internships in labs of your choice, to give you the opportunity to taste different aspects of science, be trained in different disciplines and topics, and to let you build your own set of skills for whatever you choose to undertake after the end of your Master. Students joining directly in Master 2 have also the opportunity of following some courses of their choice from Master 1.

A few things we are proud to share

  • Our Master program hosts for the academic year 2017-2018 students from 14 different nationalities, and our gender balance is of 55% women to 45% men
  • Our teachers are researchers in the most prominent research institutes of France (CNRS, INSERM, Institut Pasteur, Institut Curie and so on)
  • Our iGEM team is the oldest in France! Last year we celebrated its 10th anniversary!
  • We highly value students' feedback and we dedicate time and resources to their pedagogic follow-up
  • Our hosting institution, the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI), is located in a brand new building which will be inaugurated in September 2018 in the Marais neighbourhood, in the very heart of Paris

Career opportunities

The AIV Master is design to adapt to the career choices of the student; although most of our students (70%) decide to continue their studies with a PhD in academia, others prefer to work in the private sector. About 80% of our students find an employment within 3 months from their graduation.

Application information

Here is the timeline for the application to AIV:

  • February 1st - May 31st 2018 : online application
  • Early June 2018: convocation for interviews with the jury
  • Mid-June 2018: interviews in Paris (or skype if abroad)
  • Early July 2018: final admission results

Documents required:

  • your curriculum vitae (.pdf format)
  • 2 letters of recommendation (.pdf format)
  • ID photo (jpg, jpeg, png, gif format)
  • a copy of your last diploma (English or French, .pdf format)
  • a copy of your last grades transcript (English or French, .pdf format)

Please note that you won’t need a cover letter as you’ll be asked to fill in a specific form giving us more info about who you are, your background and your training plan through our Master Program.

Over a second phase and if your application is selected, we’ll have an interview which can be set up through Skype if you’re currently abroad. The final admission results will be broadcasted over the course of July 2018.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by email: , or call us on + 33 1 76 53 11 27.

About us

Our courses in detail: https://cri-paris.org/master-aiv/aiv-general-program/

FAQ: http://cri-paris.org/master-aiv/faq/

People: http://cri-paris.org/master-aiv/people/

Visit the AIV Master page on the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity website for more details!

https://cri-paris.org/master-aiv/



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The MER master program provides high quality teaching in general oceanography with a specialization in marine environment (ecology, ecotoxicology… Read more

The MER master program provides high quality teaching in general oceanography with a specialization in marine environment (ecology, ecotoxicology, biochemistry, geochemistry, sedimentology, paleo-oceanography) and living or non-living marine resources. The MER program benefits from a consortium of four EU universities (Bilbao - Spain, Bordeaux-France, Southampton-UK and Liège-Belgium) and a worldwide network of associated partners.

Program structure

The MER master program is organized according to three teaching semesters (Semester 1-3: coursework) plus a research master thesis (Semester 4) carried out via an internship at any partner research institution worldwide. Mobility is mandatory and three different mobility opportunities are proposed for the coursework:

  • Bordeaux/Bilbao/Southampton.
  • Bordeaux/Bilbao/Liège.
  • Southampton/Bilbao/Liège.

Coursework is organized according to six mandatory and optional modules (total: 90 ECTS).

Module 1 to 6: Content

  • Module 1 /Fundamental: Ocean Science
  • Module 2 / Framework: Global Ocean Environment
  • Module 3 / Scientific Challenges and Opportunities: Marine Environment Protection and Resources Exploitation
  • Module 4 / Socio-Economic Commitment: Marine Environment and Resources Management
  • Module 5 / Data Analysis: Interpretation of Environmental Data
  • Module 6 / Discovery: Research in MER

The MSc thesis research (Module 6) is carried out during Semester 4 (30 ECTS) at any Marine Research Institute worldwide.

Strengths of this Master program

  • Successful MER students acquire a high degree of personal and scientific maturity, due to the wide range of topics taught in the domains of oceanography and marine resource management.
  • Students learn to prove strong mobility, autonomy and the capacity to adapt to different cultural and administrative conditions in the different countries involved.
  • At least three major European academic systems are experienced, and practice in applications for funding etc. at an international level is largely acquired.
  • Having studied in (at least 3) different countries and followed all the lectures and practical workshops in the English language, MER students have excellent profiles for starting positions in a scientific career in an international context.

After this Master program?

Successful completion of this program will prepare students for a leadership role in various marine sectors such as conservation and environmental management, fisheries, nongovernmental organizations and all levels of government positions from local to global. Students benefit from a worldwide network of partner institutions.

From the start (2007), the MER program has trained more than 100 students. More than 50% of graduates continue with a PhD. Other graduates integrate public or private organizations in their field of expertise.



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This Euro-Mediterranean Master program, specialized in Neurobiology and Biotechnology, follows the European system of postgraduate studies with equivalent credit value. Read more

This Euro-Mediterranean Master program, specialized in Neurobiology and Biotechnology, follows the European system of postgraduate studies with equivalent credit value. The courses and evaluation procedure are identical within all partner universities. 

High-level, innovative and interdisciplinary training in Neuroscience is conducted with students studying theoretical concepts together with a broad range of experimental methods used in biotechnology and biomedicine. Individual projects in neuroscience and biotechnology are carried out, requiring the elaboration and communication of scientific data and concepts. Students will also master the competencies necessary to implement modern techniques and manage complex, experimental set-ups. 

Teaching follows standards of excellence and is provided by international experts of the consortium. This consortium offers a large variety of top-level research labs for student training. In addition, consortium partners extend this offer with opportunities in their laboratories. Throughout their study and training, students develop connections and network across Europe and the Mediterranean region.

Program structure

Semester 1 and 2: Acquisition of general concepts

  • Cellular Neurobiology
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Neural Basis of Cognition
  • Mechanisms of Neurological Diseases
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Bioinformatics and Biotechnology
  • Language and Communication

Semester 3:  Societal implications of Neuroscience, Economy & Bioethics

  • Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
  • Integrative and System Biology
  • Medical Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Semester 4: 

Practical training in an academic lab or a private company. Students may benefit from the consortium network in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Outside the EMN-Online consortium members, hosting labs are located in many countries worldwide including Germany, USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, etc.

Strengths of this Master program

  • International curriculum with identical core course.
  • Open to students following initial training and lifelong learning methods.
  • Innovative teaching based on group work and flipped classroom with modern e-learning tools favoring student autonomy.
  • Development of a collaborative MOOC on the societal implications of neuroscience.
  • Specialization tracks based on the expertise of each partner in fundamental or biomedical sciences.
  • A unique, wide-range of complementary competences and methods that cover all fields of modern neuroscience, from molecular aspects to in vivo analysis.
  • A dense network of expert research labs and easy access to high-level, specialized core facilities.
  • Student R&D projects in academic and industrial fields.
  • Bilingual teaching and close collaboration between universities to promote international, mobility opportunities.

After this Master program?

Graduates will be able to continue their studies with research:

  • Application to the PhD programs currently available in the consortium member’s institutions, or in any research institution worldwide.

They may also apply for positions as the following:

  • Researcher, Service Engineer, Application Scientist, Bio-Medical Engineer, Sale Engineer, Healthcare Executive.


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The Master in Conservation Biology, with specialization in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management, aims at providing a critical and conceptually-based understanding of animal behaviour and evolutionary ecology, in the framework of conservation biology and wildlife management. Read more

The Master in Conservation Biology, with specialization in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management, aims at providing a critical and conceptually-based understanding of animal behaviour and evolutionary ecology, in the framework of conservation biology and wildlife management. This two-year master program consists in both lessons and fieldtrips, while half of the second year is devoted to a personal research project conducted by students in an international research team.

OUR MASTER PROGRAM

The Master program has a two-year span, with most of the courses taught in english. Our teaching philosophy is based on the idea that biodiversity conservation must be grounded in a multi-level knowledge approach, mixing key disciplines in ecology and evolution with recent technical advances in the fields of biometry, molecular ecology and management tools. The teaching content is rooted in our established strengths in behavioural ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, quantitative ecology and research design. The master program is enriched by input from professional conservationists and managers, to put courses in the broader context of project management and decision-making policies.

The specific teaching objectives aim at developing and improving students’ skills to:

  • engage with concepts and theory in behavioural ecology, conservation biology and wildlife management from interdisciplinary perspectives at an advanced scientific level.
  • assess the ability of organisms to react, cope with and adjust to environmental change occurring over different spatial and time scales.
  • appreciate the opportunities offered by new technological developments for the future of research on animal behaviour and wildlife management
  • combine theory, hypotheses, methods, data and fieldwork so as to identify and develop innovative research questions and design.

Half of the second year is devoted to conducting a personal research project and writing a thesis of 12,000 words. Research projects are conducted within an international team previously selected by the students, and led with the support of an expert supervisor.

TEACHING & FIELDTRIPS

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars by international researchers, class tutorials and practical training in the laboratory and in the field, providing in-depth exploration of key issues. Our teaching philosophy is to stimulate balanced and evidence-based discussions and debates between academic staff and students. Such interactions provide efficient training to identify and explore theory, methods and practice in an academic environment.

Field courses allow students to apply the methods and ideas developed in the classroom to practical use in the field. Each year, you will attend at least one week-long fieldtrip, and several one-day field sessions. The "Camargue field course" provides the opportunity to work on a model species for wildlife management in the Camargue Natural Regional Park (CNRP): the greater flamingo. Fieldwork will be grounded on extensive research on wildlife populations in the context of the various activities taking place in the CNRP. Other field courses address the quantitative analysis of animal behaviour, the monitoring of wildlife, and ex-situ conservation. The “Parc Polaire fieldtrip”, in the Jura mountains, allows students to experience the role of and, stakes faced by, a park dedicated to the conservation of European wild species such as the European bison and deer species.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The aim of our master program is to train future scientific leaders in animal behaviour and conservation biology, as well as future managers and policy officers in biodiversity, conservation and wildlife management.

Therefore, our program aims at providing both a diversified and specialized expertise in the general fields of animal behaviour and wildlife management. It also combines behavioural ecology and conservation biology as major disciplines with some other relevant topics – ethics and deontology, epistemology, socioeconomics of conservation, structure and management of environmental organizations, in addition to the hard science of biodiversity.

The master's Alumni Office helps alumni keep in touch with each other and organises alumni events.

LIFE IN DIJON, CAPITAL CITY OF BURGUNDY (FRANCE)

The whole of the program takes place at the University of Burgundy-Franche Comté, located in the scenic city of Dijon. The former capital city of the Duchy of Burgundy, Dijon is now a medium-size French city, where you can enjoy a vibrant and active cultural life, as well as quick getaways to the countryside and the world famous neighbouring vineyards of the so-called “Golden coast”.

Life in Dijon is very affordable and accommodation easily accessible. The city is well-equipped with modern tramway and bus lines, making commuting between any place in Dijon and the University easy and convenient.

Showing marks of its medieval past, Dijon has excelled in making any subsequent architectural revolution his own. Dijon possesses a fair number of outstanding museums and remarkable monuments, and is also internationally known as the hometown of the notorious French gastronomy. Dijon has a vibrant cultural life with music and food festivals all over the year. Cultural and leisure attractions are widespread, from classical music concerts to jazz festivals, food fairs, cinemas… Dijon is also host of several top-level professional sports teams (football, basketball, handball, rugby…), while also offering a large diversity of sports facilities for the amateur. From beach-volley fields to suburban hiking and cycling paths, urban parks and the much appreciated Lake Kir, incentives to jump in a pair of trainers will be everywhere.

GRANTS

Up to five fellowship grants (800 € per month, during up to 10 months) will be awarded each year to high quality foreign students, with a particular attention to applications coming from Mediterranean countries and Caribbean island nations and territories.

APPLICATIONS

During the first year, students take examinations associated with the Master in Conservation Biology, specialized in Behavioural Ecology and Wildlife Management. Examinations must be successfully passed (i.e. obtain 60 ECTS credits) in order to proceed to the second year. In the second year, the thesis following your research project accounts for half the marks of the second year.

For further information about how to apply, please directly contact the head of the master program, Professor Frank Cézilly ().

Please also visit our dedicated webpage (http://www.nature-conservation-ubfc.com/bewm/fr/), and like our facebook page (“Master BEWM – UBFC Dijon”) to stay up to date with the life of and the latest news about our program!



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The Master in Conservation Biology, specialization Ecology, Monitoring and Management of Ecosystems aims at providing a critical and conceptually-based understanding of structure, functioning, monitoring, and management of ecosystems submitted to various natural and anthropogenic pressures, in the framework of biodiversity conservation. Read more

The Master in Conservation Biology, specialization Ecology, Monitoring and Management of Ecosystems aims at providing a critical and conceptually-based understanding of structure, functioning, monitoring, and management of ecosystems submitted to various natural and anthropogenic pressures, in the framework of biodiversity conservation. Half of the second year is devoted to a personal Master thesis project.

The Master is a two-year course. In the first year, the course design is based upon the idea that biodiversity conservation must be based on a multi-level knowledge approach, mixing key disciplines in ecology, and including recent technical advances in numerical ecology, molecular ecology, wildlife monitoring and ecosystem management. The course content is rooted in our established strengths in functional ecology (ecosystem structure and function, population and community ecology), paleoecology (long-term evolution of ecosystems), ecotoxicology (fate and effects of pollutants), epidemiology (transmission of zoonotic pathogens), conservation biology (status and threats of patrimonial animal and plant species), numerical ecology, ecological modelling and research design. The master degree program is further enriched by input from professional conservationists and managers, with the aim to put courses in the broader context of project management and decision making procedures.

The specific course objectives are to develop abilities to:

  • critically engage with concepts and theory in functional ecology from interdisciplinary perspectives at an advanced scientific level,
  • critically assess the ability of populations and communities to react, cope with and adjust to environmental changes occurring over different spatial and time scales,
  • appreciate the opportunities offered by new technological developments for the future of research on ecosystem monitoring and management,
  • combine theory, hypotheses, methods, data and field work to identify and develop innovative applied or fundamental research questions and designs.

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars, class tutorials and practical training in the field and in the laboratory, which provide in-depth exploration of key issues. The teaching philosophy is to stimulate discussion and debate between academic staff and students to identify and explore theory, methods and practices in an academic space that encourages a critical dialogue.

Field courses allow students to apply in the field the methods and ideas presented in the classroom. Each year, they will attend one week-long fieldtrip and several field courses. One of these field courses (in the framework of the teaching unit “Conservation Biology and Ecosystem Management”) allows them to test a hypothesis dealing with the potential impact of anthropogenic disturbances on plant or animal populations or communities, in the context of the various activities taking place in the Jura Mountains, known for their outstanding landscapes, typical ecosystems (e.g. peatbogs, wood-pastures) and patrimonial species (e.g. boreal lynx). Other field courses address the assessment and the management of ecosystems, and the monitoring of plant and animal wildlife.

Students must pass the examinations taken during the first year (i.e. obtain 60 ECTS) in order to proceed without further selection into the second year.

The second year is mainly devoted to the thesis project within a research team or a professional structure (NGOs, consultancy companies, governmental agencies…) with the support of an academic supervisor, specialist of the related research domain. Half of this second year is devoted to researching and writing a thesis of about 12,000 words. The research topic will be devised at the end of the first year. The thesis accounts for half the marks for the second year.

Graduate destinations

The aim of the course is to train future scientific leaders in functional ecology, ecotoxicology and epidemiology as well as future managers and policy officers in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. In that respect, the course combines functional ecology and conservation biology as two major disciplines with some other relevant topics – paleoecology, ecotoxicology, epidemiology, ethics and deontology, epistemology, environmental regulation and socioeconomics of conservation, structure and management of environmental organizations, in addition to the hard science of biodiversity.

The Master’s Alumni Office helps alumni keep in touch with each other and organises alumni events.

Application

Available spots: 16 in M1 and M2

Students already registered in a French university apply online on eCandidat. All information available on ttp://http://www.nature-conservation-ubfc.com/emme/en/.

Non-registered students should rather look at http://www.univ-fcomte.fr/pages/fr/menu1/accueil-international-131.html

Candidacy file:

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae with personal, training, internship, professional, and other information allowing the recruitment committee to assess the quality of the candidacy.
  • Evidence of completion of upper secondary school (high school) in the form of final and official diploma and transcripts. Note that the transcripts must specify all coursework completed.
  • Cover letter.
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Application examination:

Examination by the recruitment committee of the Master EDGE

After a first examination of all complete files by the recruitment committee, some candidates may be called for an interview with some members of the recruitment committee.

Selection criteria:

  • Previous training in line with the Master EDGE objectives
  • Quality of the training (marks, ranks, distinction)
  • Internships and/or professional experiences in line with the Master EDGE objectives
  • Motivation and career objectives
  • Recommendation

General requirements:

To meet the general entrance requirements for programme studies at the Master’s level, you must have graduated from an accredited university with a degree equivalent to at least a Swedish Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS). Please note that you must provide adequate supporting documentation in the form of diplomas or official transcripts specifying all courses completed, including any transferred credits from previous schools, both in the original language and translated into English or French.

Specific requirements:

Specific entrance requirements consist of previous university studies within the following subjects: biology, ecology, and statistics.

English requirement

In order to be eligible, the English language entry requirement corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in France.

GRANTS

Up to five fellowship grants (800 € per month, during up to 10 months) will be awarded each year to high quality foreign students, with a particular attention to applications coming from Mediterranean countries and Caribbean island nations and territories.



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