Conservation Ecology - Ecological Engineering: Research and Expertise (ECIRE)

The ECIRE program aims to train future professionals who will be able to take part in the challenges associated with the protection of biodiversity in the 21st century and to develop the solutions necessary to maintain and stabilize socio-ecosystems. This program is intended for students whose professional projects are destined for academic research as well as for future managers in the private sector (consulting firms, small and medium-sized businesses, non-governmental organizations) or the public sector (communities, conservatories, protected areas).

The content of the course focuses on the acquisition of approaches, methods and concepts of scientific ecology (modeling, sampling, dynamic systems, biocenosis – biosphere, viability, etc.) with the aim of being able to measure and understand the processes associated with biodiversity and its functioning, and to identify appropriate responses to accompany the actions to be taken in the face of global changes.

Conservation Ecology - Ecological Engineering: Research and Expertise (ECIRE)


To train students in the issues of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem preservation and ecological engineering, as well as in the approaches and fundamental principles of scientific ecology on which these concepts are based, which will enable them to use this knowledge throughout their professional careers.

The aim is to provide students with the conceptual and methodological foundations necessary to understand the multiple issues of biodiversity loss in socio-ecosystems, to acquire the skills to measure and diagnose the ecological state of biodiversity components and ecosystems, to identify solutions favorable to biodiversity in response to global changes (solutions based on nature, ecological transition, etc.) and to support and promote their implementation.



The ECIRE course is co-managed with the National Museum of Natural History (MNHN) and the University of Paris-Saclay, so students can choose UEs managed by the different institutions.

ECIRE also hosts the "Oceanic Island Environment" (EIO) program. The EIO course is co-accredited between Sorbonne University and the University of French Polynesia, and is dedicated to the Oceanian environment and coral reefs. The first year of the EIO program takes place on the campus of the Faculty of Science and Engineering of Sorbonne University and the second year at the University of French Polynesia. 

! ATTENTION ! The EIO course is accessible after the first year in the ECIRE course at Sorbonne University (application to be made to the M1 ECIRE at Sorbonne University by explicitly specifying the choice of the EIO course in M2 in the cover letter). Alternatively, it is possible to apply directly for M2 at UPF.


Students take the following courses:

  • Statistics and data analysis (3 ECTS)
  • Major Environmental Issues (3 ECTS)
  • Geographic Information Systems (3 ECTS)
  • English (3 ECTS)

In addition, there are two basic training courses:

  • Fundamentals of Biodiversity Ecology Evolution (9 ECTS) shared with the SEP and EPET courses
  • Advanced Ecology (9 ECTS)


Students take the following courses:

  • Orientation and Professional Placement (3 ECTS)
  • Environmental Law (3 ECTS)
  • Methodology (3 ECTS)
  • Modeling (3 ECTS)
  • Internship (6 ECTS)

The students follow the 12 remaining ECTS among the following panel of UE, of 6 ECTS each, shared with MNHN, Paris-Saclay University and the EEF course:


In order to help students adapt their training as closely as possible to their personal project, the course offers three types of specialization in the form of a package of Teaching Units (compulsory UE, specialization UE, free UE):


During this semester, students follow a compulsory training course in a laboratory (Research path), public or private organization or a company (Professional path). The research internship is defended in June (a duration of 5 months) for access to the Doctoral School competitions. The internship will be followed by a presentation at the beginning of October (i.e. a duration of the internship of 8 months), which allows for an in-depth immersion in the business world. The presentation will be in front of the students of the Professional pathway of the following class.

Target audience and prerequisites

This training is intended for holders of a Bachelor's degree in biology or equivalent, with a solid knowledge of scientific disciplines, and a strong interest in the preservation of biodiversity, the maintenance of socio-ecosystems based on sustainable human-nature relationships, or technological innovation in the environmental sciences.

Applications will be reviewed based on 3 types of criteria:

  • the quality of the candidate’s academic record, mainly in biology but also in other scientific disciplines such as statistics (level of training, transcripts),
  • the relevance and coherence of the training project (motivations and adequacy of the candidate's profile with the targeted professional opportunities),
  • experience acquired in the field of ecology, nature conservation or ecological engineering (internships, professional or extra-professional activities).



  • Academic research (researchers / teacher-researchers) Public research institutes (universities, Grandes Ecoles, Museums, CNRS, CIRAD, INRA, IRD, ENGREF...)
  • Non-academic professions (experts/ managers)
  • Private sector companies (design offices, SMEs, etc.)
  • Public sector (communities, conservatories, protected areas, etc.)
  • National / International Institutes
  • Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations


Responsible for the course

Jean-Christophe Lata

Jean-Baptiste Mihoub


Nadia Foka

Campus Pierre et Marie Curie
Département de SDUEE
Tour 46-00, 1er étage
Case courrier 210
75005 Paris