International Master in Ocean Science, Conservation & Innovation

Connect Ocean & Society

In a world that is finally beginning to understand the importance of the Ocean in our lives, it is essential that scientific and socio-economic stakeholders learn to work together. The MSc MARRES was designed in response to the recent evolution of the job market due to the emergence of Blue Growth worldwide. Our interdisciplinary and international master's programs equip students with knowledge, skills, and network to enter research, conservation, consultancy firms, and develop their own innovation opportunities.


  • 2-year program
  • recommended fully on-site, possible partly online
  • opens to all opportunities of the blue world: pursue a PhD to start a research career, join professional conservation, environmental consultancy, biotechnology, or start a blue entrepreneurship initiative
  • with a bachelor / licence in life science (or another discipline by taking the science booster)
  • 1-year program
  • flexibility from onsite to fully online, part-time or full time
  • redirects a career toward blue growth through one of the specializations: conservation management, entrepreneurship & innovation, or human impact assessment
  • with a master or equivalent diploma in any discipline
  • 60h training in 3 to 6 months
  • fully online with regular coaching
  • to acquire or strengthen life science foundation (biology, ecology, chemistry & oceanography) 
Côte d'Azur: a Blue territory

Université Côte d'Azur (UniCA) stands at the forefront of higher education and research on the French Riviera. As a hub of academic excellence, we are building a community of scientists, creative and entrepreneurial leaders, and enlightened citizens. Our students receive not only rigorous academic training but also develop a vision to positively influence society.

The MARRES Federative Research Institute exemplifies our interdisciplinary approach to Ocean studies. Covering diverse fields such as ecology, ecophysiology, marine biotechnologies, artificial intelligence, maritime law, and the blue economy, our institute is a melting pot of research and innovation. Our collaboration extends beyond academia, involving local authorities, burgeoning startups, SMEs, and non-profit organisations, all united in the pursuit of preserving and valorising marine resources.

Which MARRES program best fits your goals?

In its 2-year track Science & Society, the MSc MARRES 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 Science booster certification before applying to the Science & Society track.

For professionals and for graduates from other fields who would like to redirect their career toward the Blue Growth, we have designed the 1-year track Blue Managers.

Contact us to have a chat about your objectives, select a time slot on our Facebook page or email us at

How to contact the MARRES team?

If you are considering joining us, don't hesitate to contact us so that we can take the time to discuss the program that best suits your career goals.

  • By email:
  • Make an appointment for a video chat: from our facebook profile, use the appointment tool, we will call you back very soon
  • Come and see us on site, it's possible: contact us and we will arrange a visit.