Master's Degree in Bioengineering
The objective of the Master in Bioengineering program is to train those with a high level foundation in Biology in the various fields of Biotechnologies and engineering tools.
The training course aims to instil qualities such as entrepreneurship, the capacity to anticipate change, and the ability to assimilate and answer requirements in the fields of application of Biotechnologies (healthcare, agro-resources, industry, environment, life sciences). One of the objectives of the course is to provide students with the skills for initiating research and innovative projects.
The main challenge for this course is to apply a cross-disciplinary approach to a field as vast as that represented by Biotechnology, ensuring that this field, traditionally the reserve of Biologists, is opened to wider scientific analysis. Admission is therefore not exclusively reserved to students with a background in Biology.
The first year of the Master Degree(M1) is dedicated to transversal learning (Biology, Microbiology, Information Technology and also Economics, Management, Ethics, Industrial Property) and a high element of tutorial work. Joint modules with DNM at Montpellier University are also available. The M1 course is taught at Nîmes University. The options are strongly recommended with a vision of preparing for the specialist courses in M2. The second year (M2) is based on the application of Biotechnologies. Four academic paths are available from the third semester. The fourth semester is dedicated to a project carried out within the framework of a company placement. The table below presents an indication of the various themes available and their teaching volumes. M1 includes 52.5 ECTS of theoretical teaching and 7.5 ECTS of tutorial projects (laboratory or company work). The number of ECTS per semester must total 30 and can be made up from a combination of obligatory and optional modules.
Opportunities and/or prospects
Graduates in this sector have a bright future, not only due to the wide number of sectors involved in Biotechnologies (industry, the environment, healthcare), but also due to the sector’s enormous development and potential for innovation.
A wide range of professions are accessible to graduates of this vocational training course, for example:
- Research and Development project manager in companies
- Quality controller in the biotechnological industry
- Quality Assurance manager in Research and Development / Production in the Biotechnology industry (following a specific training course in Quality Assurance)
- Product or product range sales manager / marketing division
- Scientific communication manager, in-house trainer of technicians / sales teams
- Engineering design in the public sector
- Draft writer in an auditing or intellectual property firm (further evolution via an additional CEPI course)
Recruitment for M1 is open to undergraduate students with a university degree in scientific sectors (Biology, Biochemistry, Information Technology). M1 is also open to students from other training courses who can demonstrate sufficient pre-requisite knowledge, notably in Biological Science.
Admission to M2 is open to students that have obtained 30 credits in M1. The following categories of students may also apply for M2:
- M1 obtained at a partner university
- Holders of a Master’s or equivalent degree (IUP)
- Students from a specialised engineering school and who are in their last year