MARRES - MSc. in 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




Welcome to the first MARRES students!

The first MARRES cohort started early September 2018. After a Welcome week combining level classes and team building activities, the real classes have started.  



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.



Our aim: open your employability

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




To get there, we will help you 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 




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.

We propose a broad core curriculum that all students will have to cover (Click on the blue button below for the course catalogue).




MARRES is a 2 year program. In first year, students are in "class period" from September to March. They actually have class during only 3 days per week, the other part is dedicated to immersion project (see next section). The first-year internship covers April to July. In second year, students are back in class from September to December, and then they conduct their end-of-study internship of 6 months from January to June.


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.


Internships, Immersion projects & International experience

Students will benefit from 10 cumulative months of internship and they will conduct a long term "immersion project" with professionals (see next section). An international experience is mandatory for all students in at least one of their two internships, they will be helped financially to reach this objective.


  the program in video


Immersion projects

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

Grouped into task forces, you will engage in projects with high scale objectives, connect with local and international professionals in science, conservation and/or entrepreneurship, according to your career objectives.

These projects will be a significant part of your assessment, as well as your professional development. 



Immersion projects start from the first semester. During the "class period", 2 days per week will be dedicated to project development, where 2nd-year-students coach the new ones. The 1st year internship of 4 months will be the opportunity to be 100% devoted to the project implementation thanks to preceding months of preparation. Back in class, the now 2nd-year-students have time to complete their objectives and teach the skills & knowledge they have acquired to the 1st-year-students.

What is an immersion project?

   Related to a marine topic (yeah, that's better)
   Interdisciplinary: associates at least two of our domains of expertise (research, conservation, outreach, innovation & entrepreneurship)
   Mid- to long-term objectives (3 - 5 years or more) with yearly deliverables that we can set together
   Monthly face-to-face interactions during the warm-up phase
   1 of the internships included (4 to 6 months)


 the immersion projects in video


Interested to 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! 

Call for Proposals                   Contact us

Join us

What is a UCA Idex program?

Université Côte d'Azur (UCA) was established in 2015 from the clusterization of the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) and regional private partners such as SKEMA Business School. It has been awarded the very selective "Idex" label by the government (top 10 of the French universities) the year after. Now, UCA is opening 11 new education programs, all prioritizing international development, interdisciplinary cooperation and employability optimization. MARRES is one such program.

The 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 skills-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 will benefit from the scientific expertise of the laboratories of the Côte d'Azur, and the environmental management approach of Skema Business School.

The registration fee is 4000 euros per year, with reductions for French and European citizens based on their household income. Merit-based scholarships may also 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 process for the 2018 intake is now closed and will come back online for the 2019 intake on January 2019.
  • 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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