Biological and ecological sciences are increasingly linked to mathematical sciences to characterize complex processes and interactions between organisms and their environments, analysis and processing of large databases, etc. The Master IDIL Applied Sciences in Ecology and Evolution aims to train students in the field of ecology and evolution with a strong interface with mathematical sciences, statistics and numerical analysis.

This uncommon training will allow students to acquire solid and competitive skills in the field of ecology and evolutionary sciences. This selective, interdisciplinary training is open to students with an undergraduate degree in ecology/evolution and/or mathematics. Nevertheless, students must have a very strong interest in biology/ecology AND mathematics.


Ahmed Adam Ali

Training Unit examples

  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Variability study

The IDIL master’s degree in “Master in Chemistry for Care, Protect and feed” emphases on the essentials of what guarantees the very existence of humanity, and goes far beyond by organizing the decisive aspects of an healthy, sustainable life in harmony with its environment. Is chemistry at the core of the vital concepts of caring, protecting and feeding human beings? This course offers you the opportunity to answer this question with a multidisciplinary training around chemistry, supplemented by biology and pharmaceutical sciences on one side and chemical engineering and material sciences on the other.

Having proven your ability to understand and analyze the diverse and complex issues of human health and its environment, capable of acting individually and in a team, and having acquired real international experience, you will be key players to participate in public or private research programs. Having completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or any other equivalent, this course leads to in-depth and up-to-date training in molecular and macromolecular chemistry, and materials chemistry applied to health and the environment (from eco-design to recycling), combined with research training in its leading laboratories.


Jean-Marie Devoisselle

Damien Quémener

Training Unit examples

  • Prodrugs and bioprecursors
  • Nanotechnologies and multifunctional targeting
  • Chemobiology

The IDIL master’s degree in Earth and Water Under Global Change (AWARE) focuses on the impact of global changes on agro-ecological, hydrological and geological processes, as well as their consequences on socio-eco-systems and adapted solutions to address these major issues. It offers students a common basis of cutting-edge courses, methodological and numerical tools, and personalized training dealing with the impact of climate and anthropogenic forcing on Earth’s environment and resources. Environmental and health risks, geological risks, hydro-climatic risks and their impacts on agro-ecosystems, water resources, socio-hydrosystems or coastal environment will also be at the heart of the transdisciplinary training offered by AWARE.

The program is supported by different research units aggregated in the UNESCO ICIReWarD-Montpellier center, offering an optimal framework for studying the impact of global changes on our planet, its resources and its environment.

Applicants must have clear motivations for environmental sciences and for research training in water or earth sciences. The AWARE Master program is associated with the GAIA doctoral school (Earth and Water Sciences) offering some opportunities to continue for PhD.


Gilles Belaud

Delphine Roubinet

Training Unit examples

  • Hydro-Geophysic
  • Geodynamics and plate tectonics
  • Chemicals and ecological risk

The master Eco-EPIdemiology of Emerging Diseases Eco-EPIED addresses the present-day challenge of emerging infectious and parasitic diseases in human and animal populations.

At the light of the ecological, environmental and evolutionary analysis of theses events, this pluri-disciplinary program allows a synthetic approach. It integrates all scientific and relevant skills and tools (including biology, statistics, bio-informatics as well as human sciences concepts) within various concrete contexts and needs of Public Health.  Therefore, Eco-EPIED is a One Health program dedicated to research and its applications.

Notorious montpellieran research units devoted in emerging diseases analysis and control support the program. It involves as well experts from international organizations, public health agencies, pharmaceutic laboratories and non-governmental organizations.

This interdisciplinary training is in priority open to students with a bachelor’s degree in life science, health science and 4th year of pharmacy or human medicine. Secondarily, students with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Development, Social Sciences, Health and Social Sciences (Their integration will be validated according to additional background elements indicating their ability to quickly acquire skills of so-called “hard” sciences). Nevertheless, all students must have a very strong interest in biology/ecology of pathogens agents, transmissible diseases and epidemiology. And their academic and non-academic background must attest their open mind to transdisciplinary approach including bioinformatics, statistics and human sciences. Fluency in scientific English (level B2) is required. Autonomy and teamwork skills are also necessary.


Catherine Moulia

Training Unit examples:

  • Ecology and Evolution of Microorganisms and Parasitism
  • Transmission: case studies
  • Risks, Risk Analysis and Monitoring
  • Bioinformatic and Data Base
  • Variability study

The Master’s program «Management and Sustainable Transition» (MaST) aims to train in and through research management students capable of addressing complex managerial phenomena related to sustainable development issues. It prepares students for transfer to PhD and/or for professional careers in private or public institutions.

The MaST Master is open to national and international students with a bachelor’s degree in management or equivalent training. Applicants must have an excellent academic record, robust practical and theoretical skills in their discipline. They must be able to monitor major contemporary managerial issues and implement relevant managerial concepts and tools; they get the organization’s working principles figured out, and are able to participate in the elaboration of a strategy; they know how to debate and argue rigorously, to work as a team and in responsibility for a project, to identify, select, analyse and synthesize knowledge with a critical mind; they have shown, through their experiences, an interest in sustainable development issues, especially around environmental, food and health issues.

With the MaST teaching team, each student builds his or her personalized research-oriented training plan, combining specialty courses, introductory courses on related disciplines, methodology courses, personal and interdisciplinary team projects, research lab internships.


Jean-Marie Courrent

Gérald Naro

Training Unit examples

  • Enterprise risk management
  • Corporate finance
  • Managing people performance

The Master Program in “Modelling Environmental and Biological Systems” (MoBiEn) aims to train students in quantitative and theoretical research of complex phenomena in living systems emerging at different scales: from the single molecule to living organisms and their interaction with the environment.

The Master MoBiEn federates scientists from various laboratories and lecturers from four departments: Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, and Informatics. This way, it offers a multidisciplinary yet coherent program that makes MoBiEn a unique training program whose core disciplines are statistical physics, stochastic processes, biomechanics, numerical simulations, statistical methods, advanced data analysis techniques, and artificial intelligence.

The Master MoBiEn is open to highly motivated national and international students holding a Bachelor’s degree in physics, mathematics, or mechanical engineering willing to study phenomena at the interface between mathematics, physics, engineering, biology, and ecology. Candidates should have outstanding academic records, robust mathematical competencies, and solid theoretical knowledge of their discipline. Familiarity with numerical programming and computer-aided computation is appreciated. No prior knowledge of biological or environmental systems is necessary: students will learn the basics during the first year of the Master’s Program.

Together with the MoBiEn pedagogical team, each student will develop a personalized research-oriented training plan accounting for curriculum, competencies, and scientific interests, setting measurable training goals to achieve by the end of each year. The training aims at preparing the students for a Ph.D. in fundamental research or job opportunities in public and private research institutions.


Nils-Ole Walliser

Training Unit examples

  • Stochastic process
  • Biological physics
  • Finite element simulation

Sensors are everywhere. To cite just a few examples: for environment, they aim to detect and quantify the presence of pollutants in water or atmosphere; in medicine, they allow 2D or even 3D imaging of the eye, arteries, or early diagnosis of diseases. The most recent and powerful sensors are usually based on electronic or optical / photonic components even if most of us are not aware of these technologies. In the context of ever-increasing and highly-demanding applications, the IDIL Master’s “Photonics & electronics sensors for environment and health” aims to train highly qualified students in the field of electronic and photonic sensors, with an orientation towards applications in environment and health, relying on long stays in research laboratories. Graduate students will then be able to choose to complete their training in order to become researchers in the public or private sectors, in charge of development of new systems opening up the field of possibilities for the future.

The training is associated to the Institute of Electronics and Systems, a research laboratory Univ. of Montpellier / CNRS renowned internationally in the field of sensors and photonics. Supervised by recognized researchers, you will learn to master experimental techniques at the state of the art allowing you to design and manufacture lasers, sensors, detectors and other key components thanks to cutting-edge technological equipment, up to the applications of these components, particularly in the fields of environment and health.

Contacts :

Stéphane Blin

Brice Sorli

Teaching Units examples :

  • Sensors & associated systems
  • Lasers & Photodiodes
  • Technology & Design tools for sensors
  • Photonics Instrumentation & Metrology

The IDIL master’s degree “Plant and Microbiological Sciences for the Agro-Environment” offers training through research in plant sciences and microbiology. The training includes studying plants and microorganisms at molecular and cellular scales, and at the scale of the organism in interaction with its agro-environment.

The program is supported by a network of laboratories that is unique in the world, carrying out research on a large number of themes in the areas of plant sciences, microbiology and biotic interactions in the agro-environment, with fundamental or applied objectives. The student’s training project is designed at the beginning of the Master’s program between the student, the academic supervisor and the research mentor, allowing the customization of a personalized program in plant sciences or microbiology.

A strong background in molecular & cellular biology and in genetics at Bachelor level is required. Additionally, good knowledge in either plant physiology or microbiology, depending on the personal project of the student in the “Plant and Microbiological Sciences for the Agro-Environment” course, is also required. Knowledge in bioinformatics is appreciated. Fluency in scientific English is required. Autonomy and teamwork skills are necessary to follow this course. The student who graduates from this Master’s program will have acquired specialized skills in a research topic related to plant sciences, microorganisms or their interactions in the agro-environment, leading to the management of fundamental research or research and development projects.


Bruno Touraine

Anne-Sophie Gosselin Grenet

Training Unit examples

  • Nutrition and adaptation of plants
  • Microbial ecology
  • Roles of microorganisms in Ecosystems

The IDIL Master’s degree in “Comparative Politics and Public Policy” is a selective master’s degree in political science open to multidisciplinarity. It focuses primarily on political sociology and public policy analysis.

Available at the Law and Political Science’s faculty of Montpellier University, this master’s degree in Political Science (one of the three of the f) is the only one in France under the “Comparative Politics” caption. To that extent, it promotes sensitivity to international comparative openness as research process, notably through students and teachers profiles and the use of English as working language.

The master program will favor student’s owners of an undergraduate degree or equivalent in political or social sciences but will also consider profiles from the humanities studies.

Owners of this master will dispose of an aptitude for intensive work, synthesizing abilities, mastery of methods allowing the analysis of complex situations and knowledge of the political universe and public policies.


Christophe Roux  (academic)

Sylvia Gonçalves-Buadès  (administrative)

Training Unit examples

  • International politics
  • Political sociology of elites
  • Political institutions of the EU

Engineer Research’s program is developed by three engineering schools of Montpellier (Polytech Montpellier, ENCSEM, and Agro Institute), and offers to strengthen the link between training, research and innovation whilst reinforcing schools/labs interactions around innovative projects.

Training engineers through research is an excellent way to produce students capable of embracing the complex themes of sustainable transitions, preserving energy, natural resources, biodiversity and environment. It aims to sharpen their critical thinking, scientific rigor, creativity and taste for innovation while developing systemic vision, proper to engineers.

This approach is organized through our schools under a common thematic: “Sustainable Transitions”, and allows development of multidisciplinary skills: answering strong societal challenges.


Pascal Benoit

Ghislain David

Jean-François Martin

Engineer Research’s program offers:

  • Welcome seminar including international level conferences, which gathers students from the three schools and group working on sustainable transitions.
  • Cross-curricular courses: experimental approach, scientific articles writing, research and literature monitoring…
  • Work on a Research & Development project
  • Bibliographic study on a research project, experimental protocols, results processing and analysis, writing and learning of the peer reviewing process : in respect of the good practices and research’s ethics. This project could eventually be valorized through a scientific publication and/or patent.
  • End-of-studies R&D internship in public or private laboratory.

The multiscale and interdisciplinary research used in modern BioHealth requires people working in the field to be trained in a large spectrum of disciplines. In this frame, “Sciences for Human Health” (SH2) will bring new training curricula in a graduate school for young scientists, from Master to PhD levels, gathering people with different background.

Based on this observation (SH2) program will implement a double curriculum in medical and biological sciences in order to train future leaders, scientists and health professionals in the field of Biohealth, by providing strong foundations in key disciplines and by closely linking training and research.

This training is devoted to students from the field of science and technology in close interaction with students from the health field (doctors, pharmacists, odontologists).

Student must be motivated by fundamental research and owner of an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences, with a specialization in one of the 7 followings domains : Cancer biology, Therapeutic Engineering and Bioproduction in Health Biotechnology, Chemistry, Epigenetics, Genetics and Cellular Biology (EpiGenBio), Infection Biology, Experimental and Regenerative Medicine (MER), Neurosciences, Quantitative Biology (qBio).

SH2 will bring together advanced teaching and excellence in research and opening up students’ minds to innovative thinking and raising their consciousness of the environment’s impact on human health. The research program will be in continuity with MUSE’s ambition to support excellence in basic and clinical research in the area of ​​Bio-Health. It will offer a multidisciplinary and integrative research, from genetics to molecular and experimental medicine, to develop quantitative biology and new therapeutic and diagnostic strategies in human health. It will prepare the quantitative and personalized medicine of the future.


Stephan Matecki

Rachel Cerdan

Training Unit examples

  • Cellular Biology
  • Functionnal genomics
  • Current research in immunology