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M2 Plant Sciences

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The M2 in Plant Sciences includes two programmes: the Research programme is entirely taught in English whereas the Professional programme is taught in French.

The Research program aims at training students through research towards strong expertise in plant sciences and the mechanisms used by plants to adapt abiotic and biotic stresses. Graduate students carry on with PhD contracts either in academic laboratories or private companies.

The programme is divided in two parts: the courses (September-December) made of teaching units and training (January-June) consisting in a 6-month internship usually in an academic research laboratory.

At the end of the Research program in Plant Sciences, students will have acquired the following skills :
- Explain and use basic concepts in plant genomics and breeding, plant signalling, plant mysiology and metabolism, plant cell biology and plant epigenetics
- Identify and select appropriate scientific or technological approaches to address a biological question in plant sciences
- Gather and summarise literature on a specific subject in plant sciences
- Conceive, plan for and produce a scientific project in plant sciences in a research lab: synthesis of the literature, independent and rigorous organization of lab experiments, analysis of scientific results and reporting (written and oral restitution)
- Identify all the tools necessary for successful employment (zcientific network, ...)

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Course Prerequisites

Applicants will have an M1 undergraduate level with strong basic knowledge in plant biology and physiology, genetics and molecular biology.

Additional information

The Saclay Plant Sciences network (SPS, offers scholarships for students enrolled in the teaching programmes in its scope, including the “Plant Sciences” programe of the Integrative Biology and Physiology master’s degree (M1 and/or M2).

Successful candidates will receive:

- in M1: 8,000 euros
- in M2 or DA: 6,000 euros (which will be added to the internship stipends)

This scholarship does not include payment of registration fees.

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Application deadline: June 20, 2022

  • Describe and use basic concepts in genomics and plant improvement (common core curriculum), plant signalling, plant physiology and metabolism, plant cell biology, interactions between plants and micro-organisms, plant epigenetics and epigenomics (research path), multiperforming agricultural practices, crop protection, marketing, authorisation for plant protection products (professional path); and, combining these concepts, to build a scientific approach to plant science.

  • Carry out a critical compilation and summary of bibliographical and regulatory data on a specific scientific or economic issue linked to plant sciences.

  • Design, plan for and produce a scientific project, in a research laboratory or for a company in the plant industry, based on an analysis of scientific literature and by independently and rigorously organising the various aspects of the experiment or field missions, and then analysing them and writing up the results, within a defined deadline.

  • Identify the tools necessary towards successful employment, and then apply these tools to prepare a successful career plan.

  • Master oral and written communication in French and/or English for the M2 research path, and in French for the M2 professional path.

Post-graduate profile

Graduates of this course will be profiled as experts in plant sciences with the ability to apply their skills with scientific rigour, either for scientific research projects in a public or private laboratory (research path), or as junior management employees working for a company on a topic related to crop production in agriculture/agronomy.

Career prospects

Research path: Students from this path usually pursue a PhD. There are several types of doctoral contracts available, through the doctoral schools or through the Saclay Plant Sciences Graduate School of Research (EUR SPS). After doctoral studies, there are opportunities for working at doctoral level in public or private research. At the end of the M2 course, permanent contracts (CDI) at M2 level are rare; most jobs are in the form of fixed-term contracts. At the end of the M2, long-term employment opportunities are rare; most employment opportunities are for short-term contracts. Full information is provided by course leaders at the beginning of the year on competitive exams of the doctoral schools and how to prepare for them as well as on the employment former students have found. For more information, students can also turn to the Doctoral School (ED) for Plant Sciences (ED567), which is involved in this curriculum. Depending on their host team, students may also be enrolled in the Agriculture, Food, Biology, Environment, Health ED (ABIES, ED581) or in the Structure and Dynamics of Living Systems ED (SDSV, ED577) doctoral schools.

Professional path: This study path leads to Master-level management professions (Bac+5) in the private sector, in the areas of crop protection, innovative agriculture and seeds. Targeted professions are as follows: agronomic development, marketing/communication, regulation, intelligence & monitoring. The teaching team maintains a database of alumni, which today contains more than 300 people working in all fields of the plant industry. A Career Day is held at the beginning of the year to give newcomers the chance to meet former students and discuss available careers in the area and the proportion of people who find employment after graduating from the course.



Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin
Institut des Sciences des Plantes de Paris-Saclay
Génétique Quantitative et Evolution - Le Moulon
Institute for Integrative Biology of the Cell - DRF/JOLIOT
BIOlogie GEstion des Risques en agriculture.


L'EF est organisé en deux parcours : un parcours recherche et un parcours professionnel. Le semestre 1 de l'EF est constitué d'une UE de tronc commun commune aux deux parcours puis chaque parcours est organisé en UE obligatoires qui lui sont spécifiques. Le semestre 1 du parcours recherche, UE de tronc commun incluse, est intégralement enseigné en langue anglaise afin de préparer au mieux les étudiants à des carrières en recherche scientifique (publique ou privée). Le semestre 1 du parcours professionnel est, hormis l'UE de tronc commun, principalement enseigné en français. Il est constitué d'UE scientifiques et d'UE "entrepreneur afin de conférer aux étudiants une double compétence à Bac+5 (M/ingénieur).).

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Plant genomics and breeding / Génomique et amélioration des plantes 5 27 13 10
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Étude de Marchés et Marketing (EMMA) 5 30 20
Homologation des préparations phytopharmaceutiques 5 50
Outils Tremplin vers l'Entreprise (OTE) 2.5 15 10
Pratiques Agricoles et Changement Climatique (PAC) 5 50
Santé des plantes (SPL) 5 40 10
Veille stratégique et réglementaire 2.5 25
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Metabolism and physiology / Physiologie métabolique 5 28 3 14.5
Pathogenesis and Symbiosis / Pathogénie - symbiose (PS) 5 18 22
Plant cell biology: from image to function / Biologie cellulaire végétale : de l'image à la fonction 5 4 6 24 24
Plant epigenetics / Epigénétique végétale 5 16 4 12
Signaling mechanisms in plants / Mécanismes de signalisation chez les plantes 5 15 15

Le semestre 2 de l'EF a pour vocation de placer les étudiants en situation professionnelle :
- stage en laboratoire de recherche académique pour les étudiants du parcours recherche (janvier-juin)
- conduite d'un projet en entreprise pour les étudiants du parcours professionnel (mars-août)
Pendant cette période de 6 mois, les étudiants sont accompagnés par un tuteur, membre de l'équipe pédagogique de chaque parcours pour un suivi optimal.

Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Conduite d'un projet en entreprise 30 25
Subjects ECTS Lecture directed study practical class Lecture/directed study Lecture/practical class directed study/practical class distance-learning course Project Supervised studies
Stage de recherche en laboratoire 30 25
Modalités de candidatures
Application period
From 15/02/2024 to 14/06/2024
Compulsory supporting documents
  • Motivation letter.

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

  • Certificate of English level.

    (For the M2 Plant Sciences - Research program only)
  • Curriculum Vitae.

Additional supporting documents
  • Letter of recommendation from a trainee.

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

  • 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 :

  • 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.