Science, Conservation & Valorization of Marine Resources

Université Côte d'Azur

Engage in an interdisciplinary and international approach to combine the scientific, economic and social potentials of the Ocean





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Back to School!

The Fall 2020 semester will start on September 7 with the Welcome Week that will lead students to Nice, Monaco, the Lérins archipelago... and the Sophia-Antipolis campus! The graduation ceremony of the Grad 2020 students will take place on September 11, contact us if you want to join. Looking forward meeting all of us (back)!


Applications for the next intakes

The application platform for the MSc. program (Fall 2021 intake) will open early December 2020. Interested candidates can find more information by scrolling down to the "Join us" section. Applications for the level-up program (for students aiming to join the MSc program with no life-science background) will be possible from November. Applications for the one-year "blue" certification will be possible from December.

Covid-19 situation

During the Summer, the academic team (with the strong support of the MARRES Student Force) has converted part of the teachings as video capsules. Face-to-face sessions will be maintained but in smaller groups. Even if we strongly recommend students to join us physically on-site, it will be possible to actively participate to the Fall semester online.

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Discover MARRES on our social media

Check all our videos on our Youtube channel: official videos to discover the program and learn how to apply, videos made by the students on how they see the program, recording of the student presentations in various classes...

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Science & Society

In a world that is finally beginning to understand the importance of the ocean to our society, it is critical that scientific, economic and societal stakeholders work together. Science seeks to better understand the relationships between marine organisms and their environment, thus facilitating the protection of the ocean by highlighting its value to society. In parallel, our understanding of the marine environment opens up new economic opportunities in the fields of aquaculture, pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, tourism, construction and energy.


What we offer

The M.Sc. degree in "Science, Conservation and Valorization of Marine Resources" prepares students to pursue a Ph.D., as a prelude to their future research career. They will also be able to develop conservation projects locally or internationally. Students will have the foundations to enter the private sector, where they will be able to model the marine environment, become project managers or auditors in environmental consulting firms. Finally, they can become entrepreneurs by developing the countless marine resources that they will help to protect.


What is a MSc. program at Université Côte d'Azur?

Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) was established in 2015 from the convergence of Université Nice Sophia-Antipolis and regional partners such as CNRS, INRIA, INRA and SKEMA Business School. The year after, it has been awarded the very selective Idex label by the French government, recognizing the top 10 of the French universities. In 2018, UCA opened 10 new education programs, all prioritizing international development, interdisciplinary cooperation and employability. MARRES is one such program.

Our master-level program is fully taught in English. It benefits from innovative teaching methods (reinforced interactions, rich course content, integrated projects, etc.) and the program has been developed from a skill-based approach with potential employers. Part of the curriculum is available online for increased flexibility in the case of short absences, work commitments, or if you live on the other side of the planet (however your presence will be mandatory for certain parts of the program). Students benefit from the scientific expertise of the laboratories of the Côte d'Azur, and the environmental management approach of Skema Business School.


Our objective: opening student's employability

Our interdisciplinary approach, combined with empowering immersion projects, allows students to become researchers, conservation specialists, environmental consultant, or entrepreneurs. Whatever their interests, they will become the open-minded specialist that our society needs to solve current and emerging ocean issues.


MARRES career axes  


To get there, we will help them to...

  • acquire high-level scientific knowledge, develop critical thinking and adopt the scientific approach in all circumstances
  • assess the current and emerging ocean-related challenges, and their possible solutions according to the level of development of the country
  • contribute to wised decision-making, through environmental quality and impact analysis, and by adapting communication to a targeted audience
  • recognize and combine scientific, economic and social potential of marine resources 


... through an interdisciplinary approach combining Science & Society

Our program offers an innovative and interdisciplinary way to understanding the interdependencies between scientific, societal and economic aspects of the ocean.

MARRES module types



MARRES is a 2 year program. In Year 1, students are in class from September to February and then in internship for 4 to 6 months. In year 2, they are back in class from September to December before conducting their end-of-study internship of 6 months from January to June. During class periods, all Mondays are fully dedicated to the advancement of the immersion projects with professionals (see below).


Skills & Knowledge

The MARRES program has been designed taking into account the current and emerging ocean-related issues and the evolution of the job market. Skills and knowledge have been chosen with the professionals of the sector, previous students of marine programs and potential employers both in the public and the private sectors.

In addition to the skills and knowledge, we want to equip students with certifications that can help them reaching their career objectives. Thus, we may help them financially and logistically to acquire a boat driving license, a professional diving level, a French or English proficiency test or a software certification.


Immersion projects

Our strategy: get students involved in the professional world from the start

Together with professionals of the public and private sectors, we have developed pluriannual projects with high-scale objectives. Over the years, students develop these projects that they hand to the next cohort. This long-term approach allows students to get prepared for their 1st-year internship beforehand, and upon completion, to use extra-time to value their work and coach those who will take over.

This experience connects the students together and with local and international professionals in science, conservation and/or entrepreneurship according to their career objectives. In short, the immersion projects encompass the 1st-year internships, but it's much more than that!


What is an immersion project?  



1| Warm-up: from semester 1, all Mondays are fully dedicated to prepare the Y1 internship with a peer-coaching from 2nd-year-students.
2| Internship: during 4 to 6 months Y1 students are 100% devoted to the project implementation thanks to preceding months of preparation.
3| Polish-up & Coach: once in semester 3, Y2 students still benefit from all Mondays dedicated to complete their objectives and to teach the acquired skills & knowledge to the Y1 students who are taking over.

In 2nd year, students conduct their end-of-study internship of 6 months (thesis) on another subject 



Become a MARRES partner

You are a professional in science, conservation and / or valorization of marine resources and you want to develop a long-term "immersion project" with our students?

Please contact us, we are developing these projects right now! 


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Student life



Sophia Antipolis

Sophia-Antipolis is a 2400Ha technology park situated on the protected forested hills dominating the French-riviera (20km from the Nice airport). It relies on the concept of cross-fertilisation between research, education and companies. It is home to 2,230 companies who employ 36,300 people representing 63 different nationalities, alongside 4500 researchers and 5500 students. (source : Municipality of Sophia Antipolis, 2016)

Accommodations can be found on Sophia-Antipolis (public and private residences) and in the surrounding cities such as Antibes, Biot, Valbonne or even Nice thanks to a good public transport service. More information will be sent to the successful applicants. 

MARRES Sophia Antipolis Cote d'azur 



Most of the teachings take place in our dedicated rooms situated on the Sophia-Antipolis campus of Université Côte d'Azur. MARRES students benefit from modern lecture and study rooms, all available on a wide time window. Lectures are recorded and all videos are available on our e-learning platform. On campus, students have access to a recent learning center and to a university canteen (restaurant universitaire). Outside campus, students can reach shops and restaurants from a few-minute walk.

Outside from Sophia, some of the lab works are performed in Nice (Valrose campus) and field trips lead students to the Lerins archipelago (Cannes), Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco and in the Var department.

MARRES facility sophia 



The MARRES students are themselves part of the richness of the program.

The various cultures, ages, backgrounds and career objectives participate to opening student's perspectives around marine resources.

MARRES student background





I chose the MSc. MARRES because it valorizes my role as a marine professional. By giving me the chance to learn from teachers coming from disciplines such as business management, ecotoxicology research and international policy, I get to explore perspectives of marine sciences, as well as widening my network. Besides, lessons are combined with a range of opportunities to develop my practical skills, such as the participation in events and, of course, our Immersion Project, which gives hand-on experience on my fields of interest and an option of exploring new ones. Finally, being students coming from all around the world generates a very stimulating environment to learn and to enjoy the assets of the French Riviera.

Florina, from Colombia




I chose Université Côte d’Azur and the MSc. MARRES because more than offering a pretty incredible living environment on the French Riviera, this program is very innovative. At MARRES we are taught more than marine biology! The international and multidisciplinary approach with courses in law applied to the marine environment and entrepreneurship, for example, really helps to explore the vast opportunities that Ocean can offer. A plus of this Master is the facilitated access to the professional world directly in first year, through the immersion project. It allows to discover and test your interests.

Falco, from France


Any question, contact Florina and Falco on our Facebook page (Messenger @ucamarres)


The "MARRES by the students" series


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Expected background

MARRES is a scientific graduate program. It requires a solid background in life science obtained thanks to a 3 or 4-year bachelor or licence (French term) in a related discipline (biology, conservation and/or biochemistry). Anyway, we regularly open our program to students with other backgrounds (such as engineering, management, economy, communication), provided they can demonstrate outstanding levels of maturity, motivation and an already good knowledge of biology in general, or marine science in particular, acquired from non-academic pipelines (such as great diving experiences and marine conservation programs). Applicants with no life science background are expected to take a level-up preparation early 2021. More information will be available on the website on Fall 2020.

The English proficiency of applicants must correspond to a B2 level (preferentially C1). It must be recognized by an official test (such as Toefl iBT >60, Toefl ITP >520 or IELTS >6.0), by having attended successfully to an undergraduate or graduate program delivered fully in English, or by being a native speaker. 


Registration fees

The registration fees for non EU students are set to 5000 euros per year. Fees for French and EU students range from 300 to 5000 euros depending on the household income of the parents.

yearly fees
non EU-resident 5,000 €
annual gross income
< 35,000 € 300 €
35,000 - 49,999 € 2,500 €
50,000 - 79,999 € 4,000 €
80,000  + 5,000 €

Merit-based scholarships may exceptionally be allocated by the admission committee on the basis of the excellence of the student's background. Financial support may be provided for the internship's international mobility and for obtaining certifications (diving, language, boat driver licence...) on the basis of the student's project and success.


How to apply

  • The application session for Fall 2020 is closed since June 15, 2020. Applications for Fall 2021 will open on December 2020. Applicants without a solid scientific background are invited to take the level-up preparation early 2021.

  • Be prepared to upload documents such as a recent picture of you, a copy of your passport, your transcripts, your english proficiency certificate (Toefl or equivalent) if not native speaker, a resume (CV), a motivation letter and 2 academic and/or professional reference letters. Results to General GRE and/or GRE Biology are facultative.
  • We will also ask you to produce a short video to introduce yourself and explore a case study associating science, conservation and/or valorization of marine resources. Tip: students are expected to be curious and open-minded, especially regarding the socio-economic implications of science.


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