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M2 Biodiversity, Genomics and Environment

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Students on the BGE study path learn about diversity over time (Evolution), across space (Metagenomics) and across populations (Population genomics). The programme is, of course, delivered in association with laboratories across the region with research topics related to the Learning Outcomes. The MICALIS Institute and I2BC, for instance, are highly involved in the programme. These laboratory partnerships centre on the genomic, metagenomic, genetic and microbiological approaches developed on the BGE Master's course.
The aim of this study path is to give students in-depth and exhaustive knowledge of Metagenomics methods and the functional biodiversity of ecosystems in a broad sense, and microbials in particular. Students on this course are trained to become scientists equipped to understand microbial ecosystems (environmental, human and food microbiota, biotechnologies), the organisms they are made of and the interactions that bring them all together. Through specific case studies given by professionals from different sectors, students also learn to use microbial metagenomics analysis tools. The focus is on research-based training, with a four-week practical course (an actual research project tutored in M1) at the MICALIS Institute or I2BC. Assisted by a teaching team made up of researchers from these institutes and course teachers, students are tasked with generating and analysing multi-scale data. They acquire teamwork skills through various team projects carried out during theoretical and practical teaching units.

Course Prerequisites

Students from the Biodiversity, Genomics and Environment M1 or the Biodiversity, Ecology, Evolution M1 are automatically admitted. Students from other courses are accepted on a case-by-case basis after due consideration of their applications. The main criterion for admission is a knowledge base in Genomics and Molecular Biology. Students from an M1 related to Biodiversity/Ecology that includes Genomics modules or students from general Biology courses can therefore apply.

  • Write a report independently.

  • Collect scientific information independently

  • Question the reliability of scientific results independently.

  • Set up an experiment protocol independently.

  • Develop teamwork.

  • Express scientific data in English.

Post-graduate profile

BGE study paths prepare students to conduct thesis projects or start working as Design Engineers.
They have access to employment in research and higher education (after a doctoral programme) and in innovation across a range of industrial sectors.
The theoretical teaching imparted on BGE study paths – ranging from evolutionary diversity of genomes to the diversity of populations and microbial ecosystems – provides students with multi-faceted knowledge on a wide diversity of ecosystem services: knowledge that is central to the challenges society faces today (agronomic or natural environments and global warming, healthy and sustainable food, intestinal microbiota and health, waste management and pollution control, monitoring of high-speed data, epidemiology).

Career prospects

Students are informed about the different career prospects (PhD, Research Engineer, Design Engineer). This course is advertised in associated laboratories as well as in the higher education institutions involved (UVSQ, UEVE, UPS, APT).
Following the course, students may find positions in research and higher education (after a PhD) as well as in innovation in several industrial areas (See list below).
Specialists in the field of genomics are in demand in many areas of research in fundamental biology, ecology, evolutionary biology and medical biology, as well as in cosmetics.
There are also employment opportunities in research and development in the private sector, namely in the areas of the food industry, human and animal nutrition or organic waste management in agriculture. There are thus many employment opportunities, namely with CIFRE scholarships (CIFRE – Convention Industrielle de Formation par la Recherche – scholarships funded by the French government, involving a lab as well as an industrial partner).



MICrobiologie de l'ALImentation au Service de la Santé Humaine
Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell - DRF/JOLIOT
Génie et Microbiologie des Procédés Alimentaires
Mathématiques et Informatique Appliquées du Génome à l'Environnement.


Acquisition des fondamentaux thématiques et les méthodologies moléculaires de l'étude de la diversité 1) dans le temps (Evolution/phylogénie), 2) dans l'espace (métagénomique) et 3) dans les populations (Génomique des population). Acquisition de la méthodologie propre à la construction d'un projet de recherche scientifique.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Droit et Environnement 3
Microbial interactions 3 20
Métagénomique et génomique des populations 3 12 8
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
a day with the speaker 7 25 20
analyse de donnees en metagenomique 5 10 20 20
attending a meeting 2 15
Genomique, Evolution & Phylogenie 5 50
Interactions des microorganismes avec leur environnement 3 20 5 15
Préparation au stage 5 20

Partie pratique. Acquisition des méthodologies expérimentales en laboratoire. Présentation de l'état d'avancement du travail (stratégies, analyses, perspectives). Utilisation de l'anglais comme outil de langage de communication scientifique.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Anglais - suivi de stage 3 27
Stage 27 20
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 21/01/2023 to 14/07/2023
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Motivation letter.

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

  • Curriculum Vitae.

Additional supporting documents
  • Certificate of French (compulsory for non-French speakers).

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

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

  • The application procedure, which depends on your nationality and your situation is explained here :

Course manager(s)
Jean-Luc FERAT -