Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering is an academic curricular of the Process and Bioprocess Master's Degree. It is a two-year degree (M1 + M2) but only the second year (M2 Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering) is accessible at Polytech Nantes. Read more

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  • 1 year
Places *
* Polytech Nantes
Internship(s) *
Yes, Compulsory
* During the 2nd semester, students complete a 5 months research thesis/internship in a laboratory or company which allows them to be paid around €2500 (€500 per month).

Targeted audience

Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac +4




Tuition fees: 12 000 €
Reduced tuition fees: 7 500 € for partner universities
This cost corresponds mainly to education and training costs.


The international Master's Degree Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering is integrated in a two-year program in process and bioprocess engineering, with three academic semesters (lectures in english) and a six-month intership in industry or research laboratory.


  • to develop an industrial process for microalgae valorization
  • to be able to conduct a research project on microalgae
  • to be able to manage an industrial project related to the microalgae field
  • to be familiar with the multidisciplinary approach needed in microalgae field (biology, engineering)


Students enroll for a two-semester program (second year of the Master). A total of 60 ECTS must be validated to graduate. For
candidates entering the first year of the Master’s Degree (PM3E, IMT Atlantique), the program will deliver fundamentals in process
engineering and project management before entering the second year of the Master’s Degree (Master’s PM3E for details).

All courses are taught in English. French courses are organised for foreign students. A French Summer School is also available on request.



Polytech Nantes (campus Gavy)

Person in charge of the academic program


Research center

Polytech Nantes relies on the expertise of 7 world-renowned high-level research laboratories. The school is pro-actively involved in research and development activities.

Hosting research labs with Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering academic curricular:
  • Laboratoire GÉnie des Procédés Environnement - Agroalimentaire (GEPEA - UMR 6144 - CNRS)
  • Plateforme de recherche académique et industrielle Algosolis



Prerequisites for enrolment

Bac +4

Prerequisites training

The Master’s Degree is a two-year degree. Candidates with a Bachelor of Science degree will enroll in the first year of the Master’s Degree (Master PM3E, IMT Atlantique).

Candidates with at least a 4-year Bachelor degree or first year of Master’s Degree can ask to enroll directly in the second year of the Master’s Degree. Candidates must have a good knowledge in, not necessarily all, but a majority, of the following fields:

• chemical and bioprocess engineering
• biochemical engineering
• mechanical engineering
• physics, Chemistry and biology

Conditions of applications

  • For students coming from a partner university with Polytech Nantes, please contact the international office coordinator of your home university concerning the enrolment.
  • For students coming from a country that is part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol with Campus France first, and then send us the requested documents below.
  • For students coming from a country that is not part of the Campus France procedure, please send us directly the requested documents below :
  1. a detailed CV in English (including the precise content of your studies, which topics were studied each year, grades/marks obtained, score obtained for an international test of English, reports you may have written during your studies)
  2. a cover letter
  3. a complete transcript in English of years of study at the University
  4. a copy of your passport

Complete the application form ou our website.


Academic curricular in Microalgae Bioprocess Engineering (program)

First semester (S9) - (30 ECTS):

• Biology of microalgae
• Industrial valorization of microalgae
• Biochemical and metabolic engineering
• Microalgae culture and photobioreactor engineering
• Harvesting and biorefinery of microalgae
• Process integration and operation of microalgae exploitation facilities
• Project
• Language

Second semester (S10) - (30 ECTS):
• FEM - Master's Thesis

What's next ?

Level of education obtained after completion

Unknown label (Unknown label)

Job opening

Business sector or job

Career opportunities:
  • Engineer in industry or research
  • Project engineer
  • R & D engineer
  • Higher education and research, particularly through doctoral training


Conditions of submission

  • For students coming from a partner university with Polytech, please contact the international office coordinator of your home university concerning the enrolment.
  • For students coming from a country that is part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol with Campus France.
    → Applications from November 15th 2018 to March 20th 2019.
  • For students coming from a country that is not part of the Campus France procedure, please enrol via SURF procedure.
    → Applications will start in early February 2019 and will end on March 20th 2019.



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Phone : +33(0)2 51 85 74 25