M2 Chemical and microbiological characterization for environmental issues (Master degree in microbiology,molecular biology and analytical chemistry for the environment)

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M2 Chemical and microbiological characterization for environmental issues (Master degree in microbiology,molecular biology and analytical chemistry for the environment)




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 in the most recent advances in analytical chemistry, physico-chemistry, molecular biology and environmental microbiology.


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 the environment or public health, but also quality assurance, critical evaluation of scientific publications and /or technical documentation.

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

The course is mainly taught through project-based scenarios. This helps students understand scientific approach in research. It also makes them put into practice various techniques and reflect further on their professional project.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this program, the students in the «Chemical and Microbiological Characterization for Environmental Issues Master” will be able to:

  • Show 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

International Welcome Desk




Training content



Trace elements in the environment

Trace elements biogeochemical cycles


Speciation concepts and analysis


Advanced analytical chemistry

Advanced separation techniques


Advanced spectrometric techniques coupling


Electrochemical sensors


Biological macromolecules characterization


Organic contaminants analysis


Imaging techniques for environmental samples and materials characterization


Statistical tools, chemometrics and quality

Analytical methods performances evaluation


Quality assurance for analysis


Statistical tools project


Microbiology and molecular biology for Environmental applications

Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications: project


Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications : conferences


Molecular biology, Technological applications


Research tools and applications

Scientific papers and documentation critical evaluation


Environmental Project



French as a Foreign language



Internship in an academic or industrial research project



Access condition

Academic requirements

Applicants  must  hold  at  least  a 4-year  university  level  in  chemistry  and/or biology fields.

The M2 CMCEI is open to students who have completed an M1 (4-year degree) in " Chemistry and Life sciences" (SAVE), "Molecular Biology and micro-biology for the environment" (BME) or an equivalent level.

For students outside the 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).

 English Language requirements

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.

Minimum required score: CECRL B2 level in English

French Language Requirements

None: French language courses are included in the formation.

 For any additional information or questions related to application, please contact:

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


Concerning the registration fees, the ministerial decree of 19 April 2019 sets the annual amount for non-European students enrolling in a Master's degree at €3770.
However, each French higher education institution has the possibility to partially exempt its students from these tuition fees.

For the year 2020-2021, the UPPA will apply this partial exemption to all non-EU students. Students benefiting from this partial exemption will pay an annual registration fee of 243 euros (2019_2020 price list as an indication)

And after

Job opportunities

  • Environment
  • Agribusiness
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Chemical industries
  • Biotechnology
  • Research and Development, quality control
  • Academic positions
  • Researchers (public institutes or private companies)
  • Research and Innovation Engineers
  • PhD students


Person in charge

PANNIER Florence

Responsable Master SAVE

Email : florence.pannier @ univ-pau.fr

Responsable Master BME CAGNON Christine

Responsable Master BME

Email : christine.cagnon @ univ-pau.fr

More info

Type of education

  • Initial training
  • Ongoing training
  • Foreign students

Internship Mandatory (6 months)

From October 26, 2020 to April 19, 2020

Teaching start
September 1, 2021