Marine Resources Science, Conservation & Innovation

Engage in an interdisciplinary and international approach to combine the scientific, economic and social potentials of the Ocean


Connect Ocean & 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.


The MARRES programs

In its main track Science & Society, the MSc in Marine Resources Science, Conservation & Innovation 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.

With a limited life science background, students may be interested by our Level-Up certification before applying to the Science & Society track. And for professionals and for graduates from other fields who would like to redirect their career, we have designed the 1-year track Blue Managers.
  • Objective: Pursue a PhD to start a research career, join conservation, environmental consultancy, biotechnology industry, or start your blue entrepreneurship initiative
  • Duration: 2 years - Recommended fully on-site, possibly partly online.
  • Requirements: Bachelor's / Licence in Life science or equivalent diploma in a relevant discipline (Biology, Ecology, Ocean Science, Natural Science...) or from another discipline by taking the level up training.
  • Objective: Open / boost / redirect your career toward Blue Growth through one of the specializations: MPA management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, or Human impact assessment.
  • Duration: 1 year - Fully online with synchronous periods
  • Requirements: Master or equivalent diploma in Life science discipline or another discipline (such as Economics, Engineering, Communication...).
  • Objective: Apply to the MSc. MARRES main track "Science & Society" without a solid life science background / acquire basic knowledge in life science
  • Duration: 3 months (start when you want) - Fully online & asynchronous
  • Requirements: Bachelor's / Licence or equivalent diploma in a non Life science discipline
What about UCA & the MARRES diploma?

UCA has been officially recognized in 2020 as an experimental university. This new status helps developing a bold and independent strategy based on breaking down the barriers between education, research and innovation, and developing agility and responsiveness to harness the amazing potential for diversity represented by its 17 members, such as SKEMA Business School. UCA won in 2016 the prestigious Idex label (Initiative d'Excellence), a distinction that positions us among the top 10 of the French universities. In 2018, UCA opened 10 new education programs, all prioritizing international development, interdisciplinary cooperation and employability.  MARRES is one such program.

Our graduate programs (grade "master" awarded by the French Ministry of Higher Education) are fully taught in English and welcome a majority of international students. MARRES was designed with the recent evolution of the job market in response to the emergence of the Blue growth around the world. It benefits from innovative learning methods and has been developed from a skill-based approach with potential employers. Students benefit from the scientific expertise of the laboratories of the Côte d'Azur, and the professional expertise of our partners.

The Côte d'Azur, a Blue territory?

The UCA MARRES Federative Research Institute studies all the facets of marine resources such as  marine ecology, ecophysiology, ecotoxicology and applications to human health, marine biotechnologies, ecosystem modelling, law of the sea and blue economy.

Around the University, a whole socio-economic fabric is developing to promote and protect marine resources, with local authorities - such as the Nice Côte d'Azur Metropole and the Region Sud, start-ups and SMEs and non-profit associations.

What would be the scope of your employability?

| The main track in 2 years "Science & Society" opens to all the sectors of the marine resources (Research, Environmental management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Education).
| The 1-year track for "Blue Managers" opens to MPA management, Environmental consultancy or Entrepreneurship & Innovation (except for the R&D) according to the chosen specialization. It opens also to Education through Ocean literacy and ocean-related awareness.


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MARRES Symposium 2022

The MARRES 2022 Symposium took place from June 27 to July 1.

Combining social events and student presentations, the symposium is an important moment for students both in Y1 and Y2 to meet again after their professional experience and present their first immersion project experience (Y1) and master thesis (Y2). 
All the master thesis presentations are available here

Students prized at the Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge

Congratulations to three of our students Lara, Calli & Ilaria for their success at the Monaco Ocean Protection Challenge.

The event is organized by the Oceanographic Institute Albert 1st Monaco and the International University of Monaco. Our students proposed a business model proposal for their circular brand which supports local MPAs, selected out of 100 applications.

Our students onboard Marion Dufresne


Two of our students, Lea and Ioannis, had the fantastic opportunity to join the oceanographic mission RESILIENCE onboard the research vessel Marion Dufresne.

From April to May, between Madagascar, Mozambique et South Africa, they actively participated to the scientific operations, and developed the communications strategy of the campaign, together with students from other French universities, part of the “Université Flottante”. 
You can follow their adventures here: