Cancer Biology International Master program
The International Master program in Cancer Biology is one of the 10 research curricula offered by the Masters in Biology and Health Sciences at the University of Montpellier and the National Graduate School of Chemistry (http://sciences.edu.umontpellier.fr). This program corresponds to year 2 of a Master’s Degree (semesters 3 and 4).
The program consists of theoretical courses (25 ECTS), a research internship (25 ECTS) and personal work of conception of an original research project (10 ECTS).
This training is an ideal preparation for a career in research, be it in a fundamental or applied field, as well as for a teaching career and provides a good introduction to new biotechnological approaches.
Foreign students having obtained their Master 1 degree or equivalent outside France can apply for a SIRIC grant (5 000 Euros) for their study expenses.
To submit an application for the Cancer Biology Program Year 2 (M2), French or European candidates are invited to log onto the e-candidat application of the University of Montpellier (http://sciences.edu.umontpellier.fr/candidatures-inscriptions/candidatures-2/)
Students from outside Europe must apply through Campus France (http://www.campusfrance.org). In addition they are requested to send their application as soon as possible to (Siric.Montpellier@icm.unicancer.fr ) in order for their application to be examined in respect to the equivalence of foreign diploma requirements of Montpellier University.
No paper documents are required when submitting the application. Obligatory prerequisites to join the program include Semesters 1 and 2 accredited with Master M1 in Biology or equivalent (M2 Application).
For more information or questions contact Dr Daniel Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr William Jacot (email@example.com) or Dr Marie-Alix Poul-Pearson (firstname.lastname@example.org )
The pedagogical objective is to offer training for and by research in Cancer Biology, a field in which Montpellier teams are particularly competent and recognised, for students with either a scientific or medical or engineering background.
Students have different options for the theoretical course units (CU). They choose 2 core curriculum CU (out of 5 proposed) and 2 or 3 specific Cancer Biology-oriented options. Cancer Biology and Cancer Therapy CU are compulsory, Cell Fate CU is recommended, but can be replaced by another CU from the Biology and Health Masters (http://sciences.edu.umontpellier.fr).
They also choose a full-time 5 to 6-month internship in one of the host teams affiliated with the Montpellier Comprehensive Cancer Centre (SIRIC Montpellier Cancer Labs). Alternatively, they can opt for an internship outside of Montpellier. Additionally, students will engage in a personal theoretical project consisting of preparing a proposal for an original research project that will be presented during semester 4, separately from the presentation of their internship practical research work.
The Master’s degree is recognized as a qualification for immediate integration into professional life. However, many, but not all, graduates aim to follow this program with a PhD.
Program content and organisation details
Semester 3 : 30 ECTS
- Choice of 2 course units (CU) from the general program offered to all students of the Masters Biology and Health Sciences (5 ECTS each).
Recommended (given in English):
- Genetics and epigenetics (M Koenig, A. Lengronne)
- Cell signaling (A Debant, K. Becamel)
Possible (given in French with slides in English):
- Bioinformatique et biologie des systèmes (O Radulescu, S Trapani et A Chavanieu)
- Physiologie intégrée (S Matecki, F Perrin)
- Biophysique moléculaire et cellulaire (A Echallier-Glazer, A. Parmeggiani)
3 specific CU from the Cancer Biology Program (5 ECTS each)
- Principles of Cancer Biology (P. Pasero, D. Fisher)
- Cancer therapy (W Jacot, M-A Poul)
- Cell fate and plasticity (P. Mangeat, P. Fort)
– 1 CU of supervised research work (Master’s Research Thesis) (5 ECTS). The list for Master’s Research Thesis CU will only be available when choosing internships (students are encouraged to join research teams affiliated to the Montpellier Comprehensive Cancer Center, SIRIC. Evaluation is based on the internship project written and presented by the student.
Semester 4 : 30 ECTS
Laboratory research internship (20 ECTS)
Conception of a fully original research project on any subject/question, chosen by the student (10 ECTS).
Practical Information on Assessments
Written examinations :
Two hour written exams for each CU of semester 3 (with possibility to answer in English or in French), which will be anonymously graded. The questions, which are related to course content, will test the students’ capacities for scientific reasoning.
Reports and oral presentations:
Both can be in English or French.
Master’s Research Thesis : The report must be submitted to the committee for the second week of January. The oral presentation is scheduled for the end of January
The fictituous project report and the internship report must both be submitted by mid-May. The oral presentations are scheduled for the end of May.
For each presentation, students should prepare slides and will have 10 to 12 minutes to present their work, followed by 10 minutes of questions.
Further information is available at: http://sciences.edu.umontpellier.fr