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Master's Degree in Chemistry and Life Sciences

Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour
Length: 1 year
Education level: Master's degree
Location: Pau
Language: English
Start date: Contact for more information

Program description

Master's Degree in Chemistry and Life Sciences

Strongly increasing societal demand in the fields of Environment, Sustainable Development and Health, implies a synergy of advanced skills in Chemistry and Biology Sciences. In order to be able to effectively respond to this demand and to implement innovative solutions providing efficient answers to these requests, it is essential to perfectly understand the interaction of contaminants with living organisms and particularly their structures, properties, reactivities/activities in natural ecosystems.

The “Chemical and Microbiological Characterization for Environmental Issues” (CMCEI) second year course of the Master in Chemistry and Life Sciences aims to train specialists with knowledge of the most recent advances in analytical chemistry, physico-chemistry, molecular biology and environmental microbiology.

Admission requirements

Applicants must hold at least 4 years university level in chemistry and/or biology fields. For students outside UPPA, integration in the second year is subjected to a selection on curricula with equivalent training level and with sufficient skills in biology, chemistry and environment (Molecular biology, bioinformatics, microbiology, environmental microbiology, ecotoxicology, biostatistics, field sampling and data processing, physico-chemistry, analytical chemistry, environment)

Applicants must be fluent in English, both in writing and speaking. An applicant whose native language is not English has to take a recognized international English test.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, the students in the Materials Science and
Engineering: Chemistry and Physico-Chemistry of Materials master’s
degree will be able to:

• Prepare materials and samples,
• Use surface and volume analytical techniques to achieve a sound
command of materials characterization,
• Validate, interpret and model experimental results,
• Write a synthesis report and communicate appropriately with experts,
• Produce quality research,
• Carry out a research project.

Program objectives

  • Prepare students at an advanced specialised level to meet present and future scientific and technological challenges in digital industries and enterprises.
  • Develop research skills to engage in quality and successful research,
  • Prepare students for leading positions in private and public organisations in research and development departments.

Program content


Trace elements in the environment

  • Trace elements biogeochemical cycles 2 ECTS
  • Speciation concepts and analysis 2 ECTS

Advanced analytical chemistry

  • Advanced separation techniques 2 ECTS
  • Advanced spectrometric techniques Coupling 2 ECTS
  • Electrochemical sensors 2 ECTS
  • Biological macromolecules characterization 2 ECTS
  • Organic contaminants analysis 2 ECTS

Statistical tools, chemometrics and quality

  • Analytical methods performances evaluation 2 ECTS
  • Quality Assurance for Analysis 2 ECTS
  • Statistical tools project 4 ECTS

Microbiology and molecular biology for Environmental applications

  • Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications: project 4 ECTS
  • Microbial biotransformations and environmental applications : conferences 2 ECTS
  • Molecular biology, Technological applications 6 ECTS

Research tools and applications

  • Scientific papers and documentation critical evaluation 2 ECTS
  • Environmental Project 2 ECTS Language
  • French as a Foreign language 2 ECTS


  • Internship in academic or industrial research project 30 ECTS

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Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour

Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour

The University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour (UPPA) is a multidisciplinary university which covers three major areas of study: Law, economics, business, management Science and technology Literature, languages, arts, social sciences and humanities and sport UPPA offers its students...

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Université de Pau et des pays de l'Adour

Avenue de l'Université
64012 Pau

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