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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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