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Microbiology specialization (M2)

The microbiology specialization is composed of five separated courses. Four from five courses (bacteriology, virology, MES and parasitology/mycology) give the student status to the applicants. The QUESS course (Quality – Environment – Sanitary Safety) is organized either as a one-year program (M2 level) or as a two years program (M1 and M2). The student enrolled to the QUESS courses have a special apprenticeship status.

Each of five courses is run by lecturers from universities and from the major research institutions of France, as well as by business professionals (SMEs, big industrial groups, etc).

The bacteriology, virology, MES and parasitology/mycology courses are strongly research oriented; and they give to the students a deep knowledge of theory and practical skills at the corresponding fields of science.

The QUESS course treats the microbiological aspects of the sanitary risks in the fields of health, food industry and environment.
The apprenticeship is organized by the two-week periods that take place alternatively at the university and at the company's times over a period of up to two years. It aims to help students to find their place in the corporate world. QUESS allows to the apprentices to combine their academic education with a long-term mission proposed by the company participating at these courses.


Discipline-specific skills:

  • Good and deep knowledge of biology in general and microbiology.  Strong perception of the importance of microbiology in modern science and industry; understanding of its impact in many fields of human health, well-being, industry, etc.
  • Master the basic methods of molecular biology biochemistry and cellular biology. Knowledge of bioinformatics, immunology and/or epidemiology tools is an advantage.
  • Know how to set up and run experiments corresponding to the defined research goal or a mission with defined objectives.

General skills:

  • Be able to manage and exploit bibliographical resources (databases, online scientific journals, …) related to the relevant field of biology,
  • Be able to retrieve pertinent information essential for the understanding of a subject of discussion, summarize, discuss, and present it orally or in writing,
  • Know how to adapt themselves to the professional world, for the research or business environments, and participate in the team work,
  • Know how to communicate results (oral presentation, posters, written reports),
  • Master scientific English (certified level B2).

Career opportunities

These courses train future scientific leaders for academic research, management or senior staff for business and public authorities. They allow to have access to the permanent teaching/research positions at universities and research institutions;  senior management positions in start-up companies and other institutions oriented to the applied research;  as it allows to work in the field of consultancies and analysis and management of health risks.

After the Master degree in microbiology, it is possible to undertake a PhD training or to use this diploma to work on the fields of management, public health, biotechnological companies, medical studies, etc. The M2 diploma in microbiology gives access to a wide variety of jobs in the fields where microbiological expertise is required.


The microbiology specialization includes 5 courses:

Courses of “Bacteriology” that includes two options:

(1) Fundamental microbiology and (2) Molecular and medical bacteriology. These courses train students to learn the concepts and approaches of modern microbiology.  The courses address the questions concerning the main principles of biodiversity, molecular phylogeny, regulation of gene expression, host-pathogen relations, identification of virulence factors, and mechanisms of pathogenicity, physiology of all forms of microorganisms including bacteria, archaea and unicellular eukaryotes. The courses of Bacteriology are organized by three Parisian universities (Sorbonne Université, P5 and P7) as well as the Pasteur Institute.

Courses of “Microbiology – Environment - Health (MES)”:

These courses are focused on the study of environmental micro-organisms, their roles in the functioning of many ecosystems, their impact on human health and their potential for biotechnological enhancements
These courses are organized by Sorbonne Université and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

Courses of “Parasitology – Mycology”:
This course is focused on the fundamental and medical parasitology and mycology fields. The courses are oriented to the study of the parasitic process and host-pathogen interactions on cellular and molecular level; but also on clinical diagnostics, treatment and vaccination. These courses allow a better understanding of the physiopathology of parasitic and fungal diseases and teach the rational basis the vaccination and therapeutic strategies.

Courses of “Virology” that includes two options:
Fundamental Virology (VF) and Molecular and Medical Virology (V2M). Virology integrates concepts from cell biology, immunology, genetics, biochemistry and systems biology to propose a cognitive approach to the interrelations between viruses and their hosts. Two options allow us to approach the same themes from two different angles. The option "Molecular and medical virology" addresses the questions of pathophysiology of viral infections and focuses on the molecular interrelations between viruses and target cells. The courses of the "Fundamental Virology" option are focused on the essential concepts of virology in order to explain and understand the pathophysiological consequences of viral infections. Both options provide students the most innovative concepts of virology combined with those of immunology, viral genetics, epidemiology, structural biochemistry,
The courses of Bacteriology are organized by three Parisian universities (Sorbonne Université, P5 and P7) as well as the Pasteur Institute.

Courses “Quality - Environment – Sanitary Safety” (QUESS):
This one or two years' course alternates scientific and technical modules and business modules. This training makes possible train students that wish to obtain a cross-functional expertise in the fields of industrial quality and risk management. This expertise is based on the ability to analyze, control, prevent and manage the industrial risks. More generally, the course trains students to be able to lead research and industrial projects related to the health and environment fields.


Depending on the course, 10 to 20 students will be accepted on the basis of their CV, records, diploma and an interview with a teaching committee. The courses are open to students with a diploma of bachelor in biology science and/or having a M1 or an equivalent university diploma; to medical or pharmacy students and to the students with engineer’s diploma.


Fundamental and general knowledge of biology acquired in a bachelor’s degree and a relevant M1, notably in microbiology. Candidates must have the basic knowledge of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry and cellular biology. Notions of physiology/physiopathology and immunology are expected as well but this point is not critical for the admission.

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01 44 27 34 36
Sorbonne Université
Département de formation
Biologie moléculaire et cellulaire
Tour 33-34, 1er étage, Pièce 111
Case courrier 147
4 place Jussieu
75252 Paris Cedex 05

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