Biotechnology for building bio-based economy


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BioTechEco Master completes the current offer because none of the existing masters form students with the pluri-competence “biology / chemical engineering / economics”.
The international master’s program focuses on Industrial Biotechnology and Processes for Bioeconomy and encompasses the integrated learning in life sciences, chemical engineering, bioprocess engineering, sustainability, environmental regulations and economics, bioethical issues. The attractiveness of this educational program lies in producing graduates students with cross-disciplinary  skills and expertise suitable for international careers in the emerging field of a sustainable bio-based economy.

BioTechEco is is a two-year full-time master’s program consisting of 120 ECTS, entirely taught in English and designed for international and French University students.

The program offers high-quality teaching from renowned professors, a truly multicultural work environment with students coming from all over the world and genuine experiences within the research and industrial worlds.

Semester 1: at the University of Toulouse : 30 ECTS

  • This semester represents 500 hours of courses: 250 hours of lectures/tutorials & 250 hours of practice: 30 ECTS
  • Integration package (French language and culture)
  • System biology I, Synthetic biology and Enzyme systems I: 6 ECTS
  • Biochemical engineering I and Upstream and downstream bioprocessing I: 5 ECTS
  • Ethical issues I and Bioeconomy I: 4 ECTS
  • Practical training in research laboratories: 15 ECTS

M1 – Semester 2: Abroad at select Partner Universities: 30 ECTS

  • System biology II, Microbial systems and Upstream and downstream bioprocessing II: 5 ECTS
  • Bioeconomy II:  25 ECTS

M2 – Semester 3: at the University of Toulouse: 30 ECTS

  • Life cycle assessment and Ethical issues II: 5 ECTS
  • Biochemical engineering II and Enzyme systems II: 5 ECTS
  • Entrepreneurial skills and leadership: 2 ECTS
  • Bioprocess design and Project management: 8 ECTS
  • Practical courses: 10 ECTS

M2 – Semester 4: at the University of Toulouse or abroad: 30 ECTS

  • 6-month in an industrial company or in a laboratory research team from the university consortium involved in this program 30 Assessments comprise course examinations, written laboratory reports, work groups and presentation depending on the module.

– To be able to pose and solve general problems of complex biological industrial systems (nonlinear / out of equilibrium and coupled systems) thanks to the understanding and the coupled implementation of the basic scientific notions

– To be able to understand and analyse the complexity of systems responding to future and current challenges in energy and new resources

– To be able to apply tools and methods of modelling and multi-scale simulation to optimize complex processes under multiple constraints (technical, societal, ethical and environmental including security)

– To be able to consider the specificities of processes at the interface of chemistry, biotechnology, process engineering, fluid mechanics, thermal

– To be able to integrate the knowledge of complex systems (interdisciplinary and systemic approach) with the basics and tools of simulation / modelling to design, develop, improve and innovate in the engineering of complex systems responding to societal challenges

– To be able to conduct an innovative approach that considers the complexity of a situation by using information that may be incomplete or contradictory: the aim is to design and define a synthetic biology approach to introduce novel functionality into engineered biocatalysts for production purposes or for building new materials

– To be able to conduct a project (design, management, team coordination, implementation and management, evaluation, dissemination) that can mobilize multidisciplinary skills in a collaborative framework and assume responsibilities

– To be able to identify, select and critically analyse a variety of specialized resources to document a subject and synthesize that data for exploitation

– To be able to adapt to different socio-professional and intercultural contexts, national and international

– To be able to communicate verbally and in writing, in a clear and unambiguous manner and in a registry adapted to a public of specialists or non-specialists

At this end of the master, the graduates will have cross- disciplinary skills allowing them to access to international careers in the emerging field of a sustainable bio-based economy, a growing sector offering new jobs in green chemistry, health, bioenergy, water and waste treatment, biomaterials cosmetics.


  • 9 000€

  • Scholarships can be provided


For all inquiries, please email

Application and admission

  • Online applications process is open from November, 23rd 2022 until May,16th 2023 via this link.
  • Interview with pre-selected candidates