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M2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy

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The Master 2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy 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.

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 M2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy at Université Paris-Saclay are:

  • to provide in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of plant biochemical diversity and of the biotechnological tools (genetic modification, synthetic biology, innovative extraction strategies according to green chemistry principles) supporting innovation in bioeconomy
  • to train students to implement industry-driven approaches for innovation in bioeconomy.
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Pré-requis, profil d’entrée permettant d'intégrer la formation

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).

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

  • To combine different disciplines in order to design new sustainable routes for the valorization of agro-resources or industrial waste.

  • To carry out experiments in a scientific research approach for bioeconomy-related projects.

  • To practice project engineering with knowledge of innovation processes and of the different stages leading to industrialization from laboratory research.

  • To interact within a group and exploit the diversity of skills to carry out a project.

  • To communicate scientific results.

  • To discuss with people from different culture and take into account social and ethical expectations.

Débouchés de la formation

Bioceb offers International career perspectives in research and development, innovation management or knowledge transfert, in the field of bioeconomy. Depending on their specific curriculum, the graduates will have the possibility to deal with biomass production, conversion process, bio-based products or with whole value-chains related projects. Graduates' careers cover a large panel of profesional sectors in private and public institutions worldwide. Five possible international tracks are offered to the students through the semester 1 and semester 2 options. These five tracks have been designed so as to address specific needs of the job market in bioeconomy, with the following management and scientific activities:

  • Track 1: Bioproducts, green chemistry, biomass engineering: production of tailored plants and microorganisms to increase the sustainability of the value chains (adaptation of plant to climate change, preservation of biodiversity and food resources, etc.)
  • Track 2: Bioproducts, green chemistry, bioprocesses: design, optimization and up-scaling of processes for the production of bio-based molecules, combining fermentation and chemistry and taking into account the principle of green chemistry (in particular waste reduction)
  • Track 3: Bioproducts, green chemistry, materials, polymers: design and development of bioproducts and biomaterials in particular biodegradable materials, and exploiting the diversity of new structures
  • Track 4: Agro-resources, value-chain assessment, bioprocesses: design of new sustainable value chains and processes involving flexible multi-resources and multi-products biorefineries
  • Track 5: Agro-resources, value-chain assessment, materials, polymers: design of new sustainable value chains and products for bio-based materials, to substitute fossil-based solutions and create new products

Thanks to their international experience and to the network of academic and socio-economic partners involved in the programme, the Bioceb graduates will be ensured career opportunities all over the world, in Research and Higher education organisations, as well as in private companies. They will more particularly access positions as:

  • Research scientist in chemical and biological engineering
  • Bioprocess / biomaterial / biocatalyst engineer
  • Research and Innovation Project manager
  • Business developer for Bio-based industries 
  • Start-up manager

After Bioceb, students have the possibility to undergo a doctoral training.


Laboratoire(s) partenaire(s) de la formation

Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin
Institut des Sciences des Plantes de Paris-Saclay
Ecologie fonctionnelle et écotoxicologie des agroécosystèmes
Génie et Microbiologie des Procédés Alimentaires
MICrobiologie de l'ALImentation au Service de la Santé Humaine
Ingénierie Procédés Aliments.

Unité de Recherche Agro-Biotechnologies Industrielles (AgroParisTech)
AgroRessources Fractionnement et Environnement URCA-INRA
Institut de Chimie Moléculaire de Reims UMR CNRS 7312.


Semester 1 is composed of the three optional tracks:
track "Biomass engineering at AgroParisTech (Paris, France)
track "Bioprocesses at ULiège (University of Liège, Gembloux, Belgium)
track "Materials and biopolymers at Aalto University (Aalto, Finland)nland).

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
UE Bioeconomy 4 48
UE Biomolecules, Biomaterials, Bioenergies 4 21 21
UE Extraction and separation strategies in bioindustries: evolutions and innovations 5 15 6 12
UE Specialized metabolites in biotechnologies 6 24 3 21
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
UE Cell factory optimisation 6 22 18 8
UE Genetic manipulations of plant resources 6 15 30
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
UE Green line project - 3rd stage 5 24 16 200
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
UE Biological chemistry and corresponding processes engineering 6 4 37
UE Chemistry of bioenergy production 7 4 40
UE Microbial biotechnology - applications 6 10 44
UE Portfolio (innovative economical activities development) 2 24
UE Practice of the chemistry of natural substances 4 3 35
Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
UE Cellulose-base fibers 5 24 70
UE Fibers and fibers products 5 24 60
UE Lignocellulose chemistry 5 24 30 5 11
UE Plant biomass 5 20 5 30 15
UE Polymer blends and composites 5 14 81
UE Wood properties and wood products 5 30 40 30

Semester 2 consists in an internship.

Matières ECTS Cours TD TP Cours-TD Cours-TP TD-TP A distance Projet Tutorat
UE MSc thesis during research internship 30 10
Modalités de candidatures
Période(s) de candidatures
Du 01/04/2024 au 01/06/2024
Pièces justificatives obligatoires
  • Lettre de motivation.

  • Tous les relevés de notes des années/semestres validés depuis le BAC à la date de la candidature.

  • Curriculum Vitae.

Pièces justificatives complémentaires
  • Dossier VAPP (obligatoire pour toutes les personnes demandant une validation des acquis pour accéder à la formation)

  • Document justificatif des candidats exilés ayant un statut de réfugié, protection subsidiaire ou protection temporaire en France ou à l’étranger (facultatif mais recommandé, un seul document à fournir) :
    - Carte de séjour mention réfugié du pays du premier asile
    - OU récépissé mention réfugié du pays du premier asile
    - OU document du Haut Commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés reconnaissant le statut de réfugié
    - OU récépissé mention réfugié délivré en France
    - OU carte de séjour avec mention réfugié délivré en France
    - OU document faisant état du statut de bénéficiaire de la protection subsidiaire en France ou à l’étranger.

Application details
  • M1 Students applying to Master 2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy do not apply to the European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy (Bioceb) even though they will share courses with students from Bioceb. At the end of the M2, they will be awarded  a Master 2 Biomass Engineering for Bioeconomy, delivered by the Université Paris-Saclay, operated by AgroParisTech ;
  • For student admitted in the European Master in Biological and Chemical Engineering for a Sustainable Bioeconomy (Bioceb): the Master Bioceb is a two-year (M1+M2) programme. There is only one selection procedure for both years of Bioceb. When selected, students are admitted to first year (=M1) and the second year (=M2), that are inseparable – under the condition of passing all the exams from the first year. Students thus cannot be directly admitted to the Bioceb M2 without the interrelated Bioceb M1. More information:
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Bioceb students:

This master's programme offers additional services. This programme requires specific tuition fees and participations costs in addition to the mandatory fees:  

Non Bioceb students: