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


SEMESTER 1 from September to January





English or French as a Foreign Language


Data analysis

Statistical tools-project


Molecular biology 




environmental microbiology
















 Quality assurance for analysis


Environmental Chemistry






Molecular Ecology (2.0 crédits ECTS)


Analytical chemistry








Research tools and applications




SEMESTER 2 From January to June


Course title





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).

Graduate Program Green - Environmental Analytical Chemistry and Microbiology

In 2022-2023, the UPPA is opening a 5-year integrated Master’s/PhD program which provides research-intensive training in multiple fields, called the Graduate Program GREEN (GRaduate school for Energetic and Environmental iNnovation). Several courses of study taught entirely in English are part of this program. The Graduate Program GREEN is open to high-potential students from a variety of scientific backgrounds who have completed their undergraduate training with highest honors. To be selected, candidates must explicitly indicate in their letters of motivation their desire to integrate the Graduate Program GREEN, providing reasons for why they wish to participate in this research-focused PhD-Track.

 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

Inscription modalities


Administrative tuition in France is determined at a national level. The French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets university tuition for a Master Program as follows: European nationals: €243, extra-European nationals: €3770.

For academic year 2022-2023, the Board of Directors has extended its policy of automatically providing partial reduction of these fees at the UPPA. As a result, extra-European nationals will be granted automatic partial reductions such that they will be able to pay the same enrollment fees as European nationals.

Extra fees: 

In addition to academic tuition, most students must pay a student body fee (CVEC, which cost €92 in 2020-2021). 

NB: Admitted candidates in any course of study who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies will enroll via the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (Formation Continue / FORCO). They are exempt from the CVEC, however they may be subject to a different tuition scale.

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

Organizational unit

Person in charge

PANNIER Florence

Responsable Master SAVE

Email : florence.pannier @ univ-pau.fr

CAGNON Christine (Responsable Master BME)

Responsable Master BME

Email : christine.cagnon @ univ-pau.fr


  • Pau

More info

Type of education

  • Initial training
  • Ongoing training
  • Foreign students

Internship Mandatory (6 months)

From October 29, 2021 to April 30, 2022

Teaching start
September 1, 2022