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Ingénieur - 3° année – Semestres 9 & 10 - Master of Science 2

Engineering Master Degree

Option Plant protection and environment

Update : 05/04/2020

Plant health: the major challenge of the future

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

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

Where ?
Montpellier SupAgro
  • Montpellier (8 weeks)
  • Rennes (8 weeks)
  • Paris-Grignon (8 weeks)


Plant protection is a rapidly evolving sector. The debates concerning organic farming, GMOs, groundwater pollution, pesticide residues in food, and the agro-ecological transition demonstrate this evolution and the challenges for future agricultural practices. The job market is consequently evolving as well, and is no longer confined to agri-supply businesses. As a scientific field, plant and crop protection are based on the interaction and integration of many diverse disciplines (biology, ecology, agronomy, chemistry, social science, etc.) in order to take into account the full dimensions of plant protection problems.

The Plant Protection and Environment option aims to provide students with solid scientific knowledge, methodologies, and tools needed for:

  • analysing crop protection problems within agro-systems and in the landscapes surrounding agro-systems,
  • designing innovative, effective and sustainable protection methods,
  • predicting their economic, environmental and food safety implications.

Set up by Montpellier SupAgro, AGROCAMPUS-OUEST and AgroParisTech, the training course is structured to provide a multidisciplinary curriculum and to ensure that students can adapt to a diversified job market.


  • plant protection
  • Programme

    Number of ECTS credits : 60

    Language of instruction : In French

    This training is organized jointly by Montpellier SupAgro, AGROCAMPUS-OUEST and AgroParisTech. Students spend 8 weeks in each of the three schools. Theoretical education (30 ECTS) is followed by a 6-months practical internship (30 ECTS).

    The training consists of 8 teaching units. Particular emphasis is placed on:

    • characteristics and characterization of the biodiversity in agro-systems
    • study of the interactions between organisms (plants/pests/antagonists)
    • population biology (epidemiology, population dynamics and genetics)
    • current research methods (detection, identification, quantification, modelling).

    The plant protection training course is based on systemic, integrated approaches in a context of changing production systems. Finally, the basics of eco-toxicology and risk management (crop losses, economic/environmental risks, risks for public health) complete the training.


    A 6-month internship (mid-March to mid-September, compulsory) completes the training. It aims to enhance the knowledge and working methods taught during the course and to enable students to acquire knowledge and experience in an area in which they are interested in pursuing a professional career. The internship can take place in diverse organizations in France and abroad, research or technical institutes, or private companies.

  • Calendar

    • Beginning of September: start of classes
    • September to end of October (8 weeks): training in Montpellier
    • Mid-November to third week of December (8 weeks): training in Rennes
    • Beginning of January to end of February (8 weeks): training in Paris
    • Start of internship: 2nd week of March.
  • Admission

    The 3rd year option is open, after review by the admissions committee, to students who have validated the M1 level (first year of a master's program) and come from:

    • an international partner institution in the context of academic mobility (earning credits)
    • a school of agriculture under the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food (See Ecole des groupes Ingénieurs) or the Ministry of Higher Education for Research and Innovation
    • or a French institution with which Montpellier SupAgro has signed an agreement

    Application forms may be obtained from the educational directorate of your institution.

    Students who have not validated the 2nd year (M1) of the Montpellier SupAgro Agricultural Engineer course are not awarded a diploma at the end of the 3rd year of the training program.


  • Careers

    Graduates will join public or private structures such as plant health control firms, industrial and fundamental research and development, agricultural management and services, initial or continuing training, as well as in the industrial production sector and marketing of plant protection products and tools.

    Graduates apply their skills in the following fields:

    • plant protection expertise and outreach,
    • making and implementing decisions on a given territorial scale,
    • pest control (chemical, biological, agronomical) and the analysis of the consequences of the use of control tools,
    • private or public plant protection research.

Director of studies


  •     Agrocampus Ouest (Rennes, France)
  •     AgroParisTech
  •     UMR CBGP, BGPI


Montpellier SupAgro
Campus de La Gaillarde
2 place Pierre Viala

Key features

  • High level training
  • Multidisciplinary teaching: technical, scientific, cultural, environmental, industrial and political aspects
  • Training provided in 3 specialized campuses (Montpellier, Rennes, Paris)


€1,765 + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee

Pay CVEC online


L'institut Agro | Montpellier SupAgro
2 place Pierre Viala
34060 Montpellier - France
Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00 Tél. : +33 (0)4 99 61 22 00
Fax : +33 (0)4 99 61 29 00

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