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Master’s programme Microbial and Plant Systems Biology

Education Article published on 07 April 2022

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.


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 domains of plant sciences and microbiology.

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  • Licence or « Bachelor » in Biology (possible double Licencewith Biology)
  • English Level B2


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.

Career prospects

  • Primarily moving onto Master 2 «Plant Sciences» or «Systems and Synthetic Biology», later potentially going on to doctoral studies to access the professions of researchers and teacher-researchers, in the academic sectors but not only;
  • Engineers in the academic sector or in private biotechnology companies, the pharmaceutical industry, plant breeding companies or create their own start-up;
  • Technology watch and Science communication.

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How to apply

The application to this master’s programme is open till 4th June 2022. 


Scholarships for international students

Université Paris-Saclay aims to make it easier for highly-qualified international students to join the University, especially for those wishing to develop an academic project through research up to the doctoral level. Scholarships will be awarded for the 2022-2023 academic year.

These scholarships are awarded for 1 or 2 years to students enrolled in a Master’s programme at Université Paris-Saclay, depending on their admission level (M1 or M2), and subject to completion of the required number of credits to go through to the following year of study.

Deadline for application in master to be selected: 28 April 2022

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