M2 Chemical and microbiological characterization for environmental issues (CMCEI)

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M2 Chemical and microbiological characterization for environmental issues (CMCEI)




Strongly increasing societal demand in the fields of Environment, Sustainable Development and Health, implies a synergy of advanced skills in Chemistry and Biology Sciences. In order to be able to effectively respond to this demand and to implement innovative solutions providing efficient answers to these requests, it is essential to perfectly understand the interaction of contaminants with living organisms and particularly their structures, properties, reactivities/activities in natural ecosystems. The “Chemical and Microbiological Characterization for Environmental Issues” (CMCEI) second year course of the Master in Chemistry and Life Sciences aims to train specialists with knowledge of the most recent advances in analytical chemistry, physico-chemistry, molecular biology and environmental microbiology.

Program objectives

Entirely taught in English, the first semester is devoted to the knowledge of contaminants cycles and to the application of different techniques for the analysis of chemical elements and species of interest in various compartments of environment, the identification of microorganisms presenting a risk for environment or public health, but also quality assurance, critical evaluation of scientific publications and /or technical documentation.

The second semester consists of a 6 months research internship in the field of chemical and/or biological analysis applied to the environment in IPREM teams.

The course gives a large place to learning by scenario projects, which enable the student to understand scientific approach of research as well as to put into practice various techniques and to deepen the reflection on his/her professional project.


Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, the students in the «Chemical and Microbiological Characterization for Environmental Issues


  • Have an expertise in modern techniques in chemistry, molecular biology and microbiology
  • Synthesize technical and research documentations to produce a technical study
  • Plan and define a research or R&D project in analytical chemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or environmental survey
  • Manage and carry out a project
  • Manage field experiments to estimate the efficiency of chemical or biological methods for the protection of the ecosystems
  • Interpret and validate results of chemical and biological analysis
  • Produce summary report describing the experiments done, the applied methods used and the results obtained




Additional information

Further information

International student guide :


EU students


Pre-enrolment procedures for Non-EU students




Visa & resident permit




Accomodation and catering






Helping you settle in


Learning french


French lessons (free) for foreign students


Conversation workshops (free)


Intensive French lessons (fee charged)


Culture and discovery



Training content


Enrollment costs: normal cost of master degree at UPPA.

Starting in: Applications are opened from April 2018 to June 2018

Program intensity: full time

Duration: 1 year

Credits: 60 ECTS

Languages: Fully taught in English


Program (see pdf file)

Semester 1 (Autumn) (30 credits out of the 40 proposed)

Advanced analytical chemistry (2 to 10 credits)

Microbiology and molecular biology for Environmental applications (2 to 12 credits)

Trace elements in the environment (2 to 4 credits)

Statistical tools, chemometrics and quality (2 to 8 credits)

Research tools and applications (2 to 4 credits)

Language (2 credits)


Semester 2 (Spring) (30 credits)

Internship (30 credits)


Access condition


For any supplementary informations or questions related to application, please contact

 florence.pannier @ univ-pau.fr or christine.cagnon@univ-pau.fr

Applications Starting in: Applications are opened from April 2018 to June 2018

Program intensity: full time

Duration: 1 year

Languages: Fully taught in English

English Language Requirements

Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English

French Language Requirements

None but French language courses are included in the formation.

Apply HERE


Dead-line of application : 17 june 2018

You are a student of foreign nationality outside the EU: please consult the RI (International Relations) website for specific registration details.

Needed prerequisite


The M2 CMCEI is accessible to students who have obtained a M1 SAVE, M1 BME or equivalent level.

For students outside UPPA, integration in the second year is subjected to a selection on curricula with equivalent training level and with sufficient skills in biology, chemistry and environment (Molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, environmental microbiology, ecotoxicology, biostatistics, field sampling and data processing, physico-chemistry, analytical chemistry, environment).

Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.

And after

Job opportunities


Environment, Agribusiness, Analytical chemistry, Chemical industries, Biotechnology

Fields: Research and Development, quality control

Positions: Academic positions , researchers (public institutes or private companies), Research and Innovation Engineers, PhD students



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Person in charge

CAGNON Christine

Responsable Master BME

Email : christine.cagnon @ univ-pau.fr

PANNIER Florence

Responsable Master SAVE

Phone :

Email : florence.pannier @ univ-pau.fr

More info

ECTS credits 60

Type of education

  • Formation initiale
  • Formation continue
  • Etudiants étrangers


Brochure (394 Ko)

Program CMCEI.pdf (317 Ko)