M2 Molecular Biology and Environmental Microbiology

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M2 Molecular Biology and Environmental Microbiology

Presentation

Presentation

Increasingly strong societal demand in the fields of the Environment, sustainable development and health now calls for a synergy of cutting-edge skills involving Chemical and Biological Sciences.

The Master's degree in Molecular biology and Environmental Microbiology trains specialists with a mastery of modern molecular biology and environmental microbiology, with a solid background in chemistry, capable of grasping environmental issues related to:

  • The protection of ecosystems,
  • The ecotoxicology of soils, sediments and water,
  • The identification of microorganisms representing a risk to the environment or public health,
  • The bio-rehabilitation of sites affected by anthropogenic (industrial and agricultural) pollution.

The Molecular Biology and Environmental Microbiology Master's degree is at the heart of this technological and socio-economic evolution. At a meeting point between the professional world and the University in a region that is home to large-scale facilities of several industrial companies concerned by bio-depollution (Total, Arkema, chemical industries at the Lacq site) and a strong agricultural activity.

Biological methods developed for the remediation of contaminated sites, the treatment of effluents, the control of the use of phytosanitary products or the search for pathogens in natural waters and cooling or water distribution systems are increasingly in demand and proposed as necessary alternatives for the sustainable improvement of environmental problems.

The implementation of these methods as well as the development of molecular analysis tools and techniques (quantitative PCR, DNA chips, high-throughput sequencing, bioinformatics analysis, microbial biosensors, GMOs, protein engineering) is one of the challenges for industrial and environmental policies in the coming years.

An orientation towards research may be envisaged, depending on the choice of options and especially internships.

Objectives

Taught in English, the first semester is devoted to theoretical and practical teaching by teacher-researchers, supplemented by conferences in which professionals from the sector share their experience on the field, as well as visits to companies. The course is mainly taught through project-based scenarios.

 

The second semester consists of an internship of 4 to 6 months in a company, a professional organization or an academic research laboratory.

Knowledge and skills

At the end of this course, graduates will develop the following skills according to their choice of optional courses:


• Identify the concepts and approaches of modern microbiology and biology,
• Understand the complexity and importance of microbial processes in the environment,
• Master modern biochemical, molecular and genetic methodologies, as well as mathematical, statistical and computer bioinformatic tools,
• Search for pathogens in natural environments and industrial installations or select micro-organisms likely to degrade contaminants of biotic or abiotic origin in the laboratory or in the natural environment,
• Conduct experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of biological or chemical methods of environmental remediation,
• Conduct studies and formulate opinions to solve practical problems posed by the protection of ecosystems: assessing the benefit-risk of the methods used, setting up field study protocols,
• Conduct field experiments to evaluate the effectiveness of chemical or biological methods for the protection of eco- and agrosystems.

Additional information

Scholarships
International Welcome Desk

Students

15

Organisation

Training content

SEMESTER 1 from September to January

Field

ECTS

Course

ECTS

 

Langage

2

English or French as a Foreign Language

2

Mandatory

Data analysis

4

Statistical tools-project

4

Mandatory

Quality

0 to 2

Quality assurance for analysis

2

Optional

Molecular biology 

and

environmental microbiology

12 to 14

Molecular biology technological applications

Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications

Molecular ecology

6

6

2

Mandatory 

Mandatory

Optional

Environmental Chemistry

0 to 8

- Trace element biogeochemical cycles

 

- Speciation concepts and analysis

 

- Biological Macromolecules Characterization

 

- Imaging techniques for environmental samples and materials characterization

2

 

2

 

2

 

2

 

Optional

 

Optional

 

Optional

 

Optional

 

Group project

0 to 4

Environmental engineering project

4

Optional

SEMESTER 2 From January to June

Fields

ECTS

Course title

ECTS

 

Internship

20

- Internship

20

Mandatory

Bibliography

10

- Bibliographic research

10

Mandatory

Control knowledge

  • Final exams
  • Ongoing assessments
  • Oral presentations

Admission

Access condition

Academic requirements


Applicants must hold at least a 4-year university level in chemistry and/or biology fields.
The M2 MBEM is open to students who have completed an M1 (4-year degree) in "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:
beatrice.lauga@univ-pau.fr

Inscription modalities

Expenses

Regarding national administrative university enrollment fees: the French Ministerial Order of April 19, 2019, amended on June 9, 2020, sets the annual tuition for extra-European students enrolling in a Master program at €3770.

For the academic year 2021-2022, conditions and procedures for requesting partial reduction of these fees will be updated in February 2021, once the newly elected board and councils of the UPPA is in place and deliberates about this question.

Candidates who have taken a break of more than two years from their studies are not subject to paying the CVEC, however they need to contact the UPPA’s Continuing Education service (formation continue) in order to request a personalized quote regarding their tuition. 

Contact(s)

Administrative contact(s)

Responsable M2 BME LAUGA Béatrice

Responsable M2 BME

Email : beatrice.lauga @ univ-pau.fr

More info

ECTS credits 60 crédits

Duration 1 an

Type of education

  • Foreign students
  • Initial training

Distance learning No

Education language Anglais

Registration
From November 10, 2020 to April 19, 2021

Teaching start
September 1, 2021

Partner laboratories