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Masters Degrees in Molecular Biology, France

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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 http://sciences.univ-fcomte.fr/pages/fr/menu3796/etudes-et-scolarite/candidature-aux-formations-15267.html.

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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The Interdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences (AIV) Master (M.Sc) of Paris Diderot and Descartes universities is an interdisciplinary two- year program tackling quantitative approaches on different interfaces with Life Sciences. Read more
The Interdisciplinary Approaches in Life Sciences (AIV) Master (M.Sc) of Paris Diderot and Descartes universities is an interdisciplinary two- year program tackling quantitative approaches on different interfaces with Life Sciences. It aims at training creative and talented students to develop their research in an environment as enriching as the best world graduate programs. The program is based on learning through research pedagogy – rich with research internships and collaborative projects. The program is funded by the Bettencourt Schueller Foundation.

The 1st year of the AIV Master is the first in France to teach systems biology and synthetic biology. The training is focused at the interface of life sciences and physics, mathematics and computer science. Apart from systems and synthetic biology, students discover methods of mathematical modelling, statistical analysis and as well state-of-the-art technologies (fluorescence microscopy, nano-fabrication, molecular forces measurements, etc.) used to quantify the properties of living systems. They also gain skills in scientific communication and may want to participate in external modules to acquire or strengthen a specific knowledge.

During the second year students deepen their knowledge of life sciences, develop their ability to critically analyze scientific works and discover the Research world. The M2 curriculum is devoted to research, through three internships, with at least one theoretical internship and one experimental internship. For those willing to pursue in a PhD program, the last semester will give them the opportunity to prepare a thesis project.

Students can follow the second year from the master’s first year program or apply directly, having fulfilled previously an equivalent of 4 years post-high school education, including at least one internship in a research settings.

AIV Master Program

Each AIV year class brings it’s novel mix of biologists, computer scientists, physicists and engineers. This diversity in academic paths is an exceptional opportunity for students to discover the power and efficiency of collaborative and mutual teaching and learning.

We encourage creativity, original projects and ideas. So, students are urged to interact with the teaching staff, with the other students, to participate to extra curriculum activities such as the CRI scientific clubs. Students can also organize events, create or participate to scientific clubs, invite researchers to attend to the Friday sessions or give a talk, etc… Being involved, sharing your knowledge and expertise is the best way of spending a very fruitful year with us.

AIV first year - http://cri-paris.org/master-aiv/aiv-general-program/

AIV second year - http://cri-paris.org/master-aiv/aiv-general-program/

Guidelines -

There is a lot of diversity in this Master, but for this to work we have to share several common values and adopt a few rules. Let’s list some of them.

1. Students have priority to express themselves during the class.

2. Discussions should remain at all time argumentative and, needless to say polite. The important point here is that it is not useful to say that you disagree with one idea. What’s useful is to explain why you disagree and if possible to propose your own reflexion and idea on the topic.

3. Be proactive in class. There’s no point for you to attend the Friday sessions if you do not try to participate to the discussion. We know it’s difficult to ask questions, but it is worth trying again and again. As a rule of thumb, if you don’t understand something, just ask !

4. Come prepared. Read the article or the reviews that are being presented several times and earlier than on Friday morning. Participate to the Moodle, engage in discussion before and during the sessions.

5. Be on time and respect deadlines. You have to meet the deadlines so that everyone can prepare before the Friday session. This is true for both the students that will present and for those that will listen to them. Sending a post the day before is not relevant and does not help. If you think you cannot meet the deadlines, let us know as soon as possible.

6. Students have a lot of autonomy, and we encourage a level of independency. This does not mean that you are alone in your study endeavours, teachers can always be contacted in times of need.

7. Respect the work of your fellow students. At several occasion you will have a choice between finishing your experiments in the lab and attending the presentation made by two of your co-students. The priority should be given to the Master. At all times. It’s up to you to organize your schedule so that all Friday afternoons are free. During internships defense, you are all expected to attend at all time, and not only for your talk, which is very disrespectful for your colleagues.

That being said, everything is possible providing that you discuss with us in advance. Also and importantly, we encourage creativity. You can organize events, create or participate to scientific clubs, invite researchers to attend to the Friday sessions or to give a talk, etc… Be involved, share your knowledge and you will spend a very interesting year with us.

Admission

Each class is composed of up to thirty students with a high level background in one of the following disciplines: mathematics, physics, computer sciences, chemistry, biology, medicine, cognitive sciences, philosophy, sociology, or history of science.

Selection -

The selection is based on proven interest in interdisciplinarity, previous record and an interview.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by email: , or call us on + 33 1 76 53 11 25.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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