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The Master will provide the following skills and knowledge to students:

•    Organization and implementation of biobanks at the national and international levels
•    Quality management and risk management of biobanks
•    Infrastructure of a biobank, budgeting and biobank sustainability or 'Biobankonomic'
•    Sample management and ethical, legal, and societal aspects of biobanking
•    Management of complex data associated to biological samples (including biostatistics, epidemiology, mathematical modelling and machine learning)
•    European and International biobanking networks
•    Professional development and Marketing



Two years full-time, September to September

2 in-company internships of 6 months (in France or abroad) followed by a written report and oral defence

Teaching language: English (100%)


Credit value

ECTS 120 - 12 teaching modules


Course leaders

  • Pr. Paul HOFMAN, Program Director
  • Pr. Marius ILIE, Deputy Director
  • Dr. Nicole ARRIGHI, Deputy Director

Teaching modules

First year (M1 core courses)
TM1. Human Health – Agro-environment / Santé Humaine – Agro-environnement
TM2. Quality in Biobanking / Qualité dans les Biobanques
TM3. Ethics, legislation & social issues / Bioéthique, législation et questions sociétales
TM4. Hygiene and Security / Hygiène et Sécurité
TM5. Management and Project Management / Management et Gestion de Projet


Second year (M2 core courses)
TM1. Economic model in biobanking / Modèle économique dans les Biobanques
TM2. Complex data management / Gestion des données complexes
TM3. International networks / Réseaux internationaux
TM4. Communication & Marketing / Communication et marketing
TM5. Manage your future career / Gérer sa carrière


Hands-On Seminars (students oral session, SOS)
Students will dedicate themselves to group-based studies. They will be asked to defend their analysis of a concrete, current issue raised by a biobank. The group recommendations will be presented in front of faculty members.
Internship market workshops
Internship market workshops aim to better prepare students for their internship search and cover topics like CV presentation, assessment centers and handling interviews.
Master's Thesis
Students must write a master's thesis to graduate from this program. It represents an important component of the Master’s learning experience. The objective of the thesis is to explore cutting-edge research implementation in daily practice within a highly competitive biobanking environment.


Students of MSc Biobanks and Complex Data Management are located at Hôpital Pasteur, in the heart of the biobanking laboratory.

Address is : 30 Voie Romaine, Nice

Key features of the training


First Professional Master of its kind in Europe on Biobanking and Complex Data Management.

Run in a State University (Université Côte d'Azur; and developed by leading experts in the field.

This postgraduate program is dedicated for Biological Sciences students looking to gain professional skills to deliver an evolving biobank service that meets regulatory and user requirements.

Exceptional expertise in biobanking across BioBank06 and Nice University Hospital Partners, including state-of-the-art human, plant, and animal biobanks.

Master’s programs entirely in English.

European exchanges among a wide network of academic and industry partners.

Two in-company internships of 6 months during the 2 years of training (France / International).

Biobank in Nice

The Biobank of the Nice University Hospital has been created on September 2004.

The Biobank of the Nice University Hospital is integrated in the Laboratory of Clinical and Experimental Pathology (LPCE, Hôpital Pasteur) located in the East part of the Nice Hospital Campus. The Nice Hospital Bioabank established partnerships and contracts with the Comprenhensive Cancer Center Centre Antoine Lacassagne of Nice and with the Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN, Inserm U1081/CNRS UMR7284) of Nice Sophia Antipolis University. The Biobank of the Nice University Hospital is certified according to the specific S96-900 norm since 2010 and the LPCE is accredited according to the ISO 15189 norm since 2013 for both anatomo pathological and somatic genetic activities. The main collections of the Biobank are orientated to different tumoral and non tumoral Thoracic and Thyroid Pathologies and to melanoma. These collections include both tissues (frozen and fixed tissues) samples and biological fluids.



Qui contacter sur le campus Valrose ? Who is your contact on Valrose campus ?

Mme Nicole ARRIGHI :; 06 47 96 81 27

 Qui contacter sur le campus Pasteur ? Who is your contact on Pasteur campus ?

M. Paul HOFMAN :; 06 17 01 27 54

M. Marius ILIE :; 06 27 81 18 67

Mme Elodie LONG-MIRA : ; 04 92 03 85 52

Mme Ariane CAPDEVIELLE : ; 04 92 03 74 79


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