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M1 Plant and Microbial molecular Biology

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📣 Applications are open on this LINK until 30 june 2024

👉 All Informations are also available on the web site of the training : HERE

Pedagogical objectives of the courses

In the current context of population growth and limited arable land and fossil resources, global food security remains a major challenge worldwide. Improving the production and use of plants and micro-organisms for food, feed, health, the environment or industry in a sustainable way will require creative research in which the scientists of tomorrow must be trained.

Thanks to recent advances in molecular biology, contemporary biology has seen the advent of "omics" approaches and the possibility to generate large-scale data at different levels of analysis from the genome, transcriptome, proteome, metabolome, epigenome and others. In this context, the so-called systems biology approach aims to integrate these multiple data, to model them and to come up with predictive models of biological behaviour.

The objective is to acquire a qualitative and quantitative vision of biological processes such as the dynamic interactions between components of a living system, and also between living systems in interaction with the environment dedicated to plants and microbial models.

The Master 1 "Plant and Microbial molecular Biology (PMB)" is part of this dynamic, by training a new generation of high-level scientists specialised in the most recent concepts of molecular biology through research at an international level.

Course Prerequisites

A bachelor’s degree corresponding to a “Licence” in France (L-M-D European system, 180 ECTS, 3-year program) or equivalent academic qualification in Science (with a Biology content) from an internationally-recognized University is required.

English language proficiency equivalent to the COE/ALTE (Council of Europe/Association of Language Testers in Europe) English course B2 level is required.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 5.0-6.0

TOEFL (Paper Based, Test of English as a Foreign Language): 567-633

TOEFL (Internet, Test of English as a Foreign Language): 87-109

TOEIC (Listening and Reading, Test of English for International Communication): 785-940


Internships and supervised projects

The programme includes several research training courses through internships and tutored projects:

- Unit « Adopt a data set » : During this course, students will be given a data set to analyse in depth. The teaching is based on active pedagogy, accompanied by a scientific tutor who will have his or her own dataset to be analysed.

- Unit “Teach System Biology” : his course adopts a reverse pedagogy approach in which the students themselves construct the course.

In each session, students will evaluate each other. The “teacher” will be evaluated on the basis of his 2-hour lecture while the “students” will be evaluated through the 1-hour tutorial.

- 3 weeks of lab rotations in different laboratories of our network.

- 8 weeks of internship during which students will be involved in a research project in a laboratory in Paris-Saclay or abroad.

Students will also be strongly encouraged to participate in the International IGEM (International Genetically Ingeneering Machine) competition in which the University of Paris-Saclay participates.

Specific pedagogical requirements

Combination of fundamental courses, active pedagogical approaches and training through research.

Additional information


There are several ways in which students can be helped financially when they come to France.

Masters Scholarships from the University Paris Saclay

Candidates for International tracks (2 years) with outstanding records will be allowed to apply to the Idex Scholarship program from the Paris-Saclay University.

Please note that if you want to be considered for an Idex Scholarship, your application has to be validated at the latest on the end of May 2024.

SPS Scholarships for Master students

The Saclay Plant Sciences network (SPS) offers limited scholarships for students enrolled in the teaching programs in its perimeter, which includes the International Master 1 “Plant and Microbial molecular Biology”.

Up to 10 scholarships will be allocated each year on the basis of academic excellence, as judged from their past records.

The successful candidates will receive 8000 euros

The students who are awarded a SPS scholarship in M1 and who are accepted in M2 will automatically be awarded the scholarship in M2.

Applications must be submitted online before May 22, 2024.

All informations are available HERE

Other Stipends Call

A few other options may be consider depending on the country of origin.
Students may inquire with the French Embassy or any other organism in their country.
Students may visit and the Campus France Grant Search Engine to find other Scholarship programs available.

  • By combining fundamental courses, active pedagogical approaches and training through research within our network of laboratories of excellence, students will learn how to combine modelling and experimental approaches in challenging domain of plant sciences and microbiology.

    At the end of the program, students will be able to :

    • Identify and describe current concepts of biology applied to plant and microbial systems.
    • Apply a research approach in the study of plant and microbial systems.
    • Experiment and practice under laboratory conditions and produce knowledge.
    • Analyse, inventory and interpret data and knowledge in order to produce a synthesis and explain it orally and/or in writing. Collaborate and intervene within a group.
Post-graduate profile

The vocation of the M1 PMB is to orient students primarily towards the Master 2 'Plant Sciences' and 'Systems and Synthetic Biology', at the end of which they can continue on to a doctorate to access the professions of researcher and teacher-researcher, in the academic sectors but not only.

As for those who do not go on to a doctorate, they pursue their careers either as engineers in the academic sector or in private biotechnology companies, the pharmaceutical industry, plant breeding companies or even create their own start-up. The fields of technology watch and scientific communication are also employment sectors accessible to our graduates.

Career prospects

International track in France combines a Master 1 (1 year) program for English-speaking students with the international M2 programs (1 year) thaught in English, offered by the Master of Integrative Biology and Physiology of the University Paris-Saclay:

M2  Plant Sciences

- M2  System and Synthetic Biology

- M2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy

Academic partner

University Paris-Saclay, Université of Evry (UEVE), AgroParisTech, EUR Saclay Plant Sciences, INRAE, CNRS, CEA

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Fundamentals in biology 6 5 50 20
Fundamentals in statistics 2 10 10
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Adopt a data set 4 12 38
Cellular Economics 2 15 10
Synthetic Biology 4 16 9
System Biology I 2 25
System Biology II 2 16 9
The Teach systems Biology Project 8 5 40 35
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Genome engineering 4 15 10
How to build a plant? 4 10 40
Specialized metabolites 4 18 24 8
Workshop on Plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses 4 8 42 10
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Internship 10 100
Lab rotations 6 60
Research project 2 20
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 15/01/2024 to 30/06/2024
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Motivation letter.

  • All transcripts of the years / semesters validated since the high school diploma at the date of application.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Detailed description and hourly volume of courses taken since the beginning of the university program.

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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