Master of Science (MSc) in BIOCONTROL SOLUTIONS FOR PLANT HEALTH - BOOST

Université Côte d'Azur

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BOOST MSc objective is to train students so they'll be able to conduct research programs and R&D of eco-friendly plant protection solutions. A major global challenge is to implement ecofriendly plant production technologies, while minimizing the hazards and risks to human health and the environment. This challenge is faced by all economic sectors that produce or use plants: agriculture, agrifood, cosmetics, pharmaceutics.

Key features

• Content in English provided by professors, researchers from “Université Côte d’Azur” (UCA) and invited experts.
• In addition to internships, students will acquire experience of teamwork by conducting mentored team-projects in professional situations: research projects, public-private collaborations, expertise, etc.
• Thanks to our large network of partners BOOST MSc will benefit from a direct link with the fast growing biocontrol, biostimulants and plant breeding innovation sectors.
• Training directly at the premises of the laboratories of the “Université Côte d’Azur” (UCA), in particular in INRA PACA premises with “Institut Sophia Agrobiotech” (INRA, UCA, CNRS), first laboratory on biocontrol in France.

Academic Program

BOOST MSc program is organized in 4 semesters (1, 2, 3 and 4), over 2 years (MSc1 and MSc2). BOOST students must take a total value of 120 ECTS credits over the 4 semesters to fulfill the requirements of the MSc. The language of instruction and examination is English.

The course begins in September of each year, including  lectures, tutorials, seminars and a work-based research project. Semester 2 and 4 will be dedicated to internships and Master thesis. In each semester, students take 30 ECTS credits.

BOOST syllabus

 

Autumn school

The first academic year will start with an Autumn School of one week, where seminars will offer an excellent introduction to Biocontrol and Biostimulants. The core lectures will all be given by the scientists and non-academic partners exhibiting a huge background in this area. Through workshops and plenary lectures the BOOST Autumn School program will cover all aspects of plant health management from case study to research and innovation. The BOOST Autumn School will also give students a chance to discuss these topics informally with the experts.

Coming soon - September the 20th to 27th - BOOST Autumn School 2019 program >>>

 

A full set of knowledge (with 2 electives /year)

All courses are mandatory (8 courses for MSc 1 ; 6 courses for MSc 2) . Students will pick 2 electives Teaching units (TU) / year among compulsory courses (with the exception of Data analysis, Law and Management).

 

Customizable training program

Customizable training program thanks to mentored professional teamwork projects and internships. Opportunities to focus on one of 3 major challenges for Biocontrol in the future or to mix and match challenges:

Challenges

 

Each year (MSc 1 and MSc 2), student will pick 2 mentored projects to work on. Depending on the student goal for his/her future, he/she could  choose to work only on one challenge to specialize ; or pick mentored projects from different challenges to broaden his/her knowledge on biocontrol.

 


Internship and Master thesis

 

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Semesters 2 and 4 of BOOST MSc program are dedicated to internships and Master thesis:

  • 4 months in MSc1 from April to July;
  • 6 months in MSc2 from January to July.

Internships/Master thesis could be conducted at “Institut Sophia Agrobiotech”, one of UCA laboratories, at Partner Institutions or non-academic companies either in Europe or non-European countries. BOOST MSc teaching comitee will propose a list of internships in Science, Management and Entrepreneurship. However, students are anyway expected to search for their own opportunities.

Results of the Internship work will be presented as a report/Master thesis. The students will also give an overview of their work  in a conference with professors and invited experts.

Admission requirements

Program

European and non-European students are welcome to apply to BOOST MSc

Find BOOST MSc on Campus France website >>>


Eligible students hold a bachelor (180 ECTS credits or equivalent with certified translation in English) and wish to specialize in research & innovation on plant genetic improvement, biological control, defense stimulation or biostimulation.

Required English level will be based on proof of good English competencies (TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent). If application is of interest for BOOST MSc, English level will also be evaluated during BOOST interview by Skype.

BOOST MSc program is part of the French National University System, which is heavily subsidised by the government.  For EU students, the admission fees and conditions are the same as for a “master national” (300 € / Year). For non-EU students, the admission fees are 4000 € / year. Tuition fees >>>

Starting date for BOOST MSc will be September the 9th, 2019.


APPLICATION

On-line applications for 2019 are closed! 

Be aware that the sooner you complete your application the better for the administrative procedure.


You’ll have to fill in the application form online and documents will be submitted electronically through the application site: ecandidat.univ-cotedazur.fr/Master

Documents to provide are listed below:

  • CV (in English or in French)
  • Cover/motivation letter (need to be in English – Letter written in French will not be accepted)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your previous diploma and copy of your grades. These documents have to be translated (in English or in French) and officially certified. Students who are in their Bachelor year will send a certificate of registration instead of the diploma. However, diploma is compulsory and will have to be send as soon as possible and no later than the end of July.
  • 2 letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are compulsory. They can be written by a professor or a non-academic relation (internship chaperone for instance). The minimum is two, but you may submit more if you wish.
  • Proof of good English competencies (TOEFL, TOEIC or equivalent).  This document is not compulsory. If application is of interest for BOOST MSc, English level will be evaluated during BOOST interview by Skype.


APPLICATION PROCESS

Please refer to the complete details and user guide of the application process on the UCA ecandidat application site: ecandidat.univ-cotedazur.fr/Master

Once you’ve included all the required documents, do not forget to submit the online application, by clicking on the green button.

Your application status will be published on the application site that you can follow  online.

Results will be send by email.

If the application is of interest for BOOST MSc, student will have to take a interview, by Skype.

  • Final favorable recommendation: the student has not been selected in the 2019 BOOST MSc selection. Acceptance letter will be send by e-mail.
  • Unfavorable recommendation: the student has not been selected in the 2019 BOOST MSc selection.

 

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BOOST MSc Tuition fees

Practical information

Program 

European and non-European students are welcome to apply to BOOST MSc.

The duration of BOOST MSc is two years (120 ECTS credits). The academic program is split into two years with 60 ECTS credits for each. The language of instruction and examination is English. Find BOOST MSc on Campus France website >>>

BOOST MSc program is part of the French National University System, which is heavily subsidised by the government.  For EU students, the admission fees and conditions are the same as for a “master national” (300 € / year). For non-EU students, the admission fees are 4000 € / year.

Starting date for BOOST MSc will be September the 9th, 2019.


CONTACT


ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

BOOST MSc students can ask information regarding the administrative procedures by email: 

ACCOMMODATION

Regarding accommodation, please send email to 

 

BOOST MSc training  will mainly take place at the “Institut Sophia Agrobiotech” in INRA PACA premises.

The exact address is 400 route des Chappes - 06903 Sophia Antipolis.

Visit “Institut Sophia Agrobiotech” website >>>

For your information, closest cities to the “Institut Sophia Agrobiotech” are Biot, Saint-Philippe, Antibes, Valbonne.

Note that some lectures and activities may also take place at Nice University (UNS – Parc Valrose – 06108 Nice) or Parc des Lucioles (Route des Lucioles – Sophia Antipolis)


VISA

All students living in a Non-European country will have to apply for a visa.

Please check with your nearest Campus France agency, French Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible.

Depending on your home country, the documents required for visa application may vary.  In any case, you’ll need:

  • valid passport
  • proof of financial resources
  • proof of acceptation for BOOST MSc. Acceptance letter will be send by e-mail; and post-mail if required.
  • proof of accommodation. Regarding accommodation, please refer to UCA information guide >>>

Right after arrival in France, students will have to start the procedure for RESIDENCY PERMIT. The OFII form given by the consulate during visa procedure will have to be sent to the OFII after arrival.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Information on funding opportunities


Scholarships

Did you know that some institutions offer scholarships and/or allowances for educational programs? Check their websites to see what opportunities are available to you. However, be aware that competition is very fierce and that you'll need to fulfill many application requirements without a guarantee for a scholarship. If they require any information or official documentation, please feel free to get in touch with us (). We are willing to help you get the resources you need!

 

List to be completed. Please, do not hesistate to contact us () with specific information from your home country.

Partnerships

 

Training directly at the premises of the laboratories of the Université Côte D’Azur, in particular the “Institut Sophia Agrobiotech” (INRA, UCA, CNRS), first laboratory on biocontrol in France. Thanks to our large network of partners BOOST MSc will benefit from a direct link with the fast growing biocontrol, biostimulants and plant breeding innovation sectors.

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We are always looking for partnerships!

You are a player of the biocontrol and/or biostimulants industry? A distributor of plant protection or fertilizers products? An extension service? A consultant in direct link with the farmers? A farmers association? You are passionate about reducing the use of chemical inputs in agriculture and convinced that this long term objective can be achieved only through research and education?

Guest speakers, mentored projects, internships, sponsoring: you can help the BOOST MSc take a good start and help BOOST students to develop a career towards a more sustainable agriculture.

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Post your internship, apprenticeship and job offers on our network! Feel free to send your proposals and case studies thanks to the following link >>>

 

Fundraising for BOOST MSc

Raised money will help expand students activities and collaborations. By donating funds to support scientists and students, you can help shape their future in agriculture and international development.

BOOST Msc is entitled to receive donations in respect of the tax on training obligation ("Taxe d'apprentissage") and to provide persons subject to this tax with the tax advantages provided for by law. You can help BOOST MSc program to raise money by downloading the giving-form to be send to individuals or local businesses so they will direct their taxes, "Taxe d'apprentissage", to BOOST MSc  >>>

You can also contact "Université Cote d'Azur fondation" for donations. Donations are tax deductible, and support is acknowledged. Please, do not forget to state that you wish to direct taxes or donations to BOOST MSc  >>>

Giving form / "Bordereau taxe apprentissage" BOOST

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