Sciences & Procédés des Agroressources pour l’Alimentation et l’Environnement

Master - Master of Science 2

M.Sc Biology Agrosciences

Specialization Food eco-design engineering (ICOA)

Update : 04/29/2021

Identify and develop agro-resources for food and the environment

What type of training ?
une formation diplômante, sous statut étudiant

For who ?
étudiant titulaire d'un diplôme français, étudiant international


The Specialization Food eco-design engineering (ICOA, former Specialization Science and processing of agro-resources for the alimentation and the environment—SPA2E) aims to train students to be able to identify and develop agro-resources for food systems and the environment. The course prepares graduates for work as managers, researchers, teacher-researchers and experts in the fields of food science and technologies and environmental sciences (water, material, waste).

The major disciplinary fields are biotechnology, food science, green chemistry and sustainable process engineering. Beyond general knowledge concerning the design and management of food processing and preservation processes and the appropriate tools for their analysis, graduates acquire the skills needed to understand and solve qualitative and quantitative agro-resource management problems in a context of sustainable development.


  • agrifood, food science, nutrition, process engineering
  • ecotechnologies, green chemistry
  • Mediterranean and tropical countries
  • Programme

    Number of ECTS credits : 60 ECTS

    Language of instruction : In French

    In their boundless abundance and diversity, agro-resources consist of complexly structured molecules that have long functioned to fulfil diverse human needs. Year by year, the needs of consumers are increasing in terms of both quantity and quality. This demand is accompanied by a new dimension, that of biodiversity conservation. The southern hemisphere currently holds the bulk of the world’s biodiversity resources. In coming years, this hemisphere consequently will be the meeting ground of different actors engaged in the development of these agro-resources.

    The programme offers two personalized specialities: "Development of agro-resources for food" and "Development of agro-resources for non-food applications". Active learning is emphasized through numerous tutored projects. For example, students organize a scientific seminar related to the fields of application of the master’s programme. Through business project management exercises (Masteuriales), they learn to transform their scientific knowledge into industrial innovation and to implement their innovation project like actual project managers.

    Required teaching units

    • Insight into scientific researchWorld food systems
    • Statistics and chemometry
    • Food packaging: innovation and environmental concerns
    • Sustainable process engineering
    • Eco-design and environmental management
    • Processing optimization
    • Organization of a scientific seminar
    • Setting up innovative R & D projects

    Specialization “Development of agro-resources for food”

    • Design of novel food products
    • Development of new food products
    • Processing-quality relation

    Specialization “Development of agro-resources for non-food applications”

    • Integrated resources management
    • Formulation and processing
    • Bioconversions of agro-resources


    The 5 to 6-month internship (compulsory) takes place during the second semester, either in France or abroad, under the supervision of a tutor. A master’s thesis is prepared and presented in mid-July.

    Some examples of internships

    • Modelling the growth of a commercial strain of L. Sakei under different environmental conditions.
    • Drying parameters and starch gelatinization phenomenon in three varieties of rice.
    • Studying the feasibility of producing a leafy vegetable sauce to carry out a biological effectiveness study on young children in Burkina Faso.
    • Influence of pre and post-harvest factors on the susceptibility of bananas to skin splitting.
    • Analysis and implementation of a system to process bagasse and distillery residues into compost in a distillery.
  • Admissions

    Students holding a 4-year degree (Master 1 ICOA, or equivalent) in the fields of biochemistry, biological or agricultural sciences, process engineering, agrifood, environmental sciences. This training course can be taken as an initial training or a lifelong learning programme.

    To apply to enter into M2 at Montpellier SupAgro

    The application form is completed online. It must be submitted before May 31st. Candidates are selected based on their application files by a joint Montpellier SupAgro-University of Montpellier commission.

    Apply now!

    If you are an international student AND you have Campus France in your country

    In addition to submitting an application to Montpellier SupAgro, you must contact Campus France in your home country to establish an application file. The file must be finalized before May 31st.

    Campus France

    Concerning M1

    The Master 1 (60 credits) is organized by the Faculty of Sciences of University of Montpellier. It provides students with the scientific tools necessary for the specialization in Master 2. The first year of this course takes place at the University of Montpellier, which oversees enrolment for this year.

    If you do not have a Master 1, we advise you to register with the Faculty of Sciences of Montpellier University in Master 1 ICOA.

  • Careers

    This master’s programme is for students who would like to work in developing agricultural production for food and non-food purposes, with an eye on environmental concerns. Agrifood, cosmetic, chemical and pharmaceutical industries are the sectors targeted. Graduates can pursue careers in (1) public and private research and development, and (2) patent, technological monitoring, and consulting sectors.

    They may also continue on with a PhD—the Master 2 internship in a research laboratory is then recommended.

Director of studies


  • Stéphane PEYRON - University of Montpellier
  • Eric RONDET - University of Montpellier

Research units:

  • UMR QualiSud
  • UMR Nutripass
  • UR LBE
  • Institut Européen des Membranes


Students from France and EU member countries

Each year: €243 + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee

Students from other countries

Each year: €243 (partial fee waiver) + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee

Pay CVEC online


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