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Masters Microbiology, Plant Biology and Biotechnology (specialisation Biotechnology, Plant and Microbial [BIOVEM])    Back

Aix-Marseille University Course Type: Master taught Start Date: September
Location: Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France Duration: Full time - 2 Years Fees/total cost: EUR 510.00


This master aims to provide a scientific and technological research, multidisciplinary, coordinated closely around the major disciplines (Microbiology, Plant Biology and Biotechnology) in order to prepare students for professional employment or immediate entry into a third cycle university (basic and applied research in the fields of microbiology, plant biology and biotechnology).

M2 Five specialties are offered, four of them are described in this sheet. The professional specialty "Education and Training in Biotechnology" is described in a special form.


In terms of knowledge:

From the statement:

Knowledge taught:

  • Molecular approaches mechanistic major cellular processes
  • Comprehensive and integrative cell physiology
  • Concepts common to microbial and plant metabolism
  • Phylogeny and comparative genomics
  • Adaptation and cellular regulation
  • Interactions of microorganisms with their biotic and abiotic environment
  • Experimental approaches: design and implementation of a project
  • Communication Sciences

M2 specialties:

Specialty / orientation: Plant and Microbial (BIOVEM) / Career

Knowledge taught:

  • Bioenergetics and uses of plants and microalgae for biofuel production, biomass, Bioproduction hydrogen
  • Use of plants and bacteria pollution, physiology of metal toxicity
  • Systems of bio molecules of industrial interest or pharmaceutical (bacteria, plants, fungi)
  • Use of recombinant therapeutic targets in drug-design
  • Plant breeding
  • Technologies for detection and traceability of recombinant microorganisms and plants in the environment
  • Industrial Property specific living, patents, plant breeder's rights, bioethics

In terms of skills:

- From the statement:

Know-how targeted:

  • Analyze and synthesize scientific papers written (French and English)
  • Making a critical evaluation of a body of knowledge
  • Apply an experimental protocol, the conduct and interpret results
  • Master the tools of communication modern
  • Mastering tool
  • Communicate orally and in writing, in French and English
  • Develop the relationship between science and society

- Of course:

specialty: Biotechnology Plant and Microbial (BIOVEM)


  • Analyze and synthesize scientific papers and patents written (French and English)
  • Establish a program of production or use of living matter
  • Assess the feasibility of a project in an international setting
  • Ability to work in team
  • Evaluate the issues of industrial property
  • Master the tools of modern communication


The return takes place the first week of September to early October for M1 M2. Teaching takes place over two semesters of 30 credits each, the second half of M2, consisting of an internship or a research laboratory.

Full time

Start date:
2 Years
Teaching method:
Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, France
EUR 510.00
EUR 510.00
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Chantal Tardif
Faculty of Science
University accredited:
120 ECTS
Last update: 18/02/2015


Module name Credits (ECTS or CATS) Duration Core / elective / recommended Available as Short course (CPD)
English: TOEIC Preparation 3 ECTS core  
Law, management, industrial protection and quality 3 ECTS core  
Bioenergy 6 ECTS elective  
Bioproduction 6 ECTS elective  
Bioremediation 6 ECTS elective  
Molecular diagnostics 6 ECTS elective  
Plant breeding 6 ECTS elective  
Theoretical bases of biotechnology processes 6 ECTS elective