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M1 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy

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The Master 1 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy (BEB) is included in the European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy (Bioceb) which was labelled Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) by the European Commission in 2019.

Bioceb is offered by a consortium of five european universities: Institut national des sciences et industries du vivant et de l’environnement (AgroParisTech)/Université Paris Saclay, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), Université de Liège (ULiège) - Belgium, Aalto University - Finland, Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) - Estonia.

The joint first semester (S1) at URCA provides a multidisciplinary scientific knowledge base and a shared culture in the field of agro-resources and their conversion through biorefinery processes. The second semester (S2) allows the students to enrich their technical and scientific experience with cross-cutting approaches dealing will value-chain sustainability assessment, with specific focus either on economics (AgroParisTech) or on green chemistry principles (TalTech). The third semester (S3) offers a specialisation in one of the key biotechnology approaches of bioeconomy: biomass engineering (AgroParisTech), bioprocesses (ULiège) and bio-based products (Aalto). The fourth semester (S4) is dedicated to a R&D internship, according to your specialization path and professional plans, leading to a Master’s thesis preparation and defence.

The M1 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy only includes Bioceb students spending the second semester in AgroParisTech. The M1 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy is delivered by the Université Paris Saclay and operated by AgroParisTech.

Bioceb aims at providing top-level and up-to-date education in chemical and biological engineering applied to the design and development of bio-based products and processes. The objective is to provide all students with a solid multidisciplinary scientific background in biology, chemistry and biotetechnology, combined with a good knowledge of bio-based products markets, and value-chain sustainability assessement. Bioceb aims at training student to systemic approaches at different scales, from the biological cell to macroeconomic systems.

The programme is built-up arround three key pedagological pillars: an academic programme (lecture and practice), a green-line multidisciplinary project carried out over the 2 years, and an internship. Bioceb have ambition to favor the graduates insertion in the professional world, through a cross-cutting approach related to innovation, entrepreneurship and dissemination. Thanks to Bioceb modular format, each student is given the opportunity to build-up his/her specific curriculum with a specialization in one major field of biotechnologies, among bioprocesses design and up-scaling, biomass engineering and valorisation, bioproducts design and production. In this context, the objectives of the M1 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy is to provide knowledge on agro-resources and biorefinery combined with skills in value chain sustainability assessment and economics.

Course Prerequisites

The Master Bioceb is an two year EMJMD (M1+M2). Consequently, the students applying for the M1, engage themselves to follow the M2. This Master comprises the track "Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy" (BEB) of the University Paris-Saclay national Master BIP.

The admission requirements for Bioceb are the following :

  • BSc degree or equivalent degree of at least 180 ECTS in Engineering or Science including a strong background in at least one discipline related to Biology : Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biophysics, Bioprocess engineering, Molecular biology
  • Preferred but non-mandatory : a complementary background in Chemistry, Physics or Environmental sciences
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency - B2 advanced.

The candidates are selected according the excellence of their background and academic results as well as their motivation (professional project).

The M2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy is open to non-Bioceb students.


Semester 1 "Agro-sciences and biroefinery is constituted of a common ground of mandatory UE at URCA (Université de Reims-Champagne-Ardenne, Reims)s).

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
UE Agricultural and viticultural soils 3 20 5
UE Biochemistry of plant components and biorefinery 6 25 8 17
UE Green chemistry - biosourced buildings blocks 3 12 4 6
UE Green Line project -1st stage 3 9 15 48
UE Molecular biology of microorganism 3 10 5 10
UE Physiology and genetic of plant development 6 28 12 10
UE Plant-soil interactions 3 15 4 6
UE Strengthening in chemistry or in biology (according to student background) + process engineering 3 25 10

Semester 2 is composed of two optional tracks: track "Bioproducts and sustainable chemistry at TalTech (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia) and track "Agro-resources and value chain assessment at AgroParisTech (Paris, France).
Each track consists in specific mandatory UEs.UEs.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
UE Biopolymers: basics, introduction and applications 6
UE Biorefinery systems: enzyme technology, chemistry processes design, kinetics 6
UE Green chemistry metrics for feedstocks to biochemical development 6
UE LCA of green technologies (including Green line project - 2nd stage) 6
UE Sustainable and cleaner production 6
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Biomass resources and territories 6 12 12 18 6
Transversal and intercultural skills 3
UE Bioenergies and lignocelluloses 2 9 6 9
UE Decision aiding, operation research and sciences for innovation 3 16 8
UE Economic tools for environmental analysis 6 39 9
UE Environmental assessment for a sustainable bioeconomy 4 9 3 27
UE Green line project - 2nd stage 6 9 21 60 54
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Compulsory supporting documents
  • Copy diplomas.

    (Scan of High School Diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate ...)
  • Copy of passport.

    (Translation of Diploma in english)
  • Supporting documents (TOEFL, TOEIC, certificate of a teacher ...) of a level of a foreign language.

    (Proof of English Proficiency)
  • Motivation letter.

  • Letter of recommendation or internship evaluation.

    (Two reference letters)
  • List of the last 5 years of studies mentioning only the year of study, the institution, the overall average and the mention obtained.

    (Official documents for the past five years if they are not covered by your last diploma)
  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

    (Transcripts of record (and english translation, if needed))
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Additional supporting documents
  • VAP file (obligatory for all persons requesting a valuation of the assets to enter the diploma).

  • Supporting documents :
    - Residence permit stating the country of residence of the first country
    - Or receipt of request stating the country of first asylum
    - Or document from the UNHCR granting refugee status
    - Or receipt of refugee status request delivered in France
    - Or residence permit stating the refugee status delivered in France
    - Or document stating subsidiary protection in France or abroad
    - Or document stating temporary protection in France or abroad.

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