Expected Background

The MSc MARRES is a graduate program. Its main track Science & Society opens to research and requires a solid background in life science obtained thanks to a 3 or 4-year bachelor or licence (French term) in a related discipline (biology, conservation and/or biochemistry). Anyway, we regularly open our program to students with other backgrounds (such as engineering, management, economy, communication), provided they can demonstrate outstanding levels of maturity, motivation and an already good knowledge of biology in general, or marine science in particular, acquired from non-academic pipelines (such as great diving experiences and marine conservation programs). Interested candidates with no life science background are expected to take the 3-month level-up training, or could be interested instead by the 1-year track for Blue Managers.

The English proficiency of applicants must correspond to a B2 level (preferentially C1). It must be recognized by an official test (such as Toefl iBT >80, Toefl ITP >550 or IELTS >6.5), by having attended successfully to an undergraduate or graduate program delivered fully in English, or by being a native speaker. 
 

Application procedure

REGISTRATION FEES* (per year) APPLICATION PERIOD HOW TO APPLY
SCIENCE & SOCIETY - Non EU students and/or with no EU taxes: 7000€
- French & EU students with EU taxes: 300 to 7000€ depending on the household income of the parents. Check table below.
January 17
to June 15
on our e-candidat platform: select "MSc MARRES - Science & Society - Year 1" to apply in the first year of the program
BLUE MANAGERS - 8000€ for students completing the program in 1 year
- 5000€ /year if taken in 2 years
January 17
to July 15
on our e-candidat platform, select "MSc MARRES - Blue managers"
LEVEL UP - 900€ All through the year on our e-candidat platform, select "DU - MARRES Level Up"
*Fees for students joining the program in Fall 2022, subject to modification by end of March 2022.
Registration fees table for the Science & Society track
yearly fees
non EU-resident 7,000 €
EU-resident
annual gross income*
< 30,000 € 300 €
30,000 - 39,999 € 3,000 €
40,000 - 59,999 € 5,000 €
60,000  + 7,000 €
* based in a EU country
Scholarships
  • Université Côte d'Azur, through its Idex program, offers Excellence scholarships of 5000 euros, combined with tuition fee waiver, for which any candidate to an MSc. program for the academic year 2021-2022 can apply. 
  • If you are a European candidate (non French), you can apply to the "France Excellence Europa" scholarship by March 15, 2022. Developed by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and launched during the French Presidency of the European Union, the "France Excellence Europa" scholarship program allows students from 26 European Union countries to obtain scholarships to study at the Master's level in a French institution of higher education.
  • Check the Campus France (French government platform) for the Grants / Scholarships that may apply to you
  • Check the UCA related page for other ideas of scholarships you could apply to
  • Check the UCA related page for getting an idea of the cost of living in the French riviera
 

A little help...

When are the applications assessed?

Applications are assessed on a monthly-basis from February to the end of the period (June for Science & Society, July for Blue Managers). Applications for the level up are reviewed every week all year long.

What are the documents required? - How to improve my chance to be selected?
  • Be prepared to upload documents such as a recent picture of you, a copy of your passeport, your transcripts of the last 3 years, your english proficiency proof (Toefl or equivalent) if not native speaker, a resume (CV), a motivation letter and 2 to 3 academic and professional reference letters. These letters will be sent directly by their writers, students should carefully choose them to highlight, when possible, their open-mindedness and curiosity, motivation to work and dedication (in general, and in the marine field in particular) & academic excellence and commitment to success.
  • We will also ask you to produce a short video to introduce yourself in 2 minutes (who you are, why you want to join us) and explore a case study associating ocean science, conservation and/or innovation (an existing one, or your own project). Tip: students are expected to be curious and open-minded, especially regarding the socio-economic implications of science. We encourage applicants to fine-tune their video as a sign of professionalism and motivation.
What are the feedback I can receive from the application committee?

After evaluating your application (on a monthly basis), the committee can come back to you with three possible feedbacks.

  • You are accepted. Congratulations, you have one week to confirm your decision on e-candidat and then start the paiement process (first installment)
  • You are not accepted. Sorry, the programme receives many applications and unfortunately cannot accept them all. This does not mean that your application is weak, but that it is not among the best ranked according to the elements you have produced. Note that you cannot submit another application for the same year, but you can retry the following year.
  • You are not accepted, but your application has been placed on the waiting list. In this case, your file will be re-examined at the end of the application period, and a positive answer could be given depending on the withdrawals that may take place. This is not a very comfortable position and we are aware of this, so we try to limit this option to a few applications only.
What is the proportion of accepted applications?
  • In Science & Society, the selection committee has accepted around 25% of the applications for the Y1 for the last intakes. We recommend early applications to maximize your chances. Direct entries in Y2 for this track are rare given the expected interdisciplinary background, we recommend you to contact us before your application.
  • In Blue Managers, the selection is based on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the maturity level of the career redirection. We recommend that you contact us prior to your application in order to best define your career plan.
What if you want to join us without a Life Science background?
  • If you want to apply to the scientific MSc. program, you will be invited to take the online level-up preparation of 3 months in Spring. Note that following the level-up training does not guarantee acceptance into the programme, but commitment and success may constitute elements in the candidate's advantage.
  • If you are already working (professionals from all sectors), have recently graduated or are currently enrolled in another master's program, you may be interested in the 1-year track for "Blue Managers"
Video tutorial for the application process

 

What codes should I select on e-candidat?
  • To apply to the Science & Society track
    • select "MSc MARRES - Science & Society - Year 1" to apply in the first year of the program
    • select "MSc MARRES - Science & Society - Year 2" to apply in the 2nd year of the program (when you have a scientific background corresponding to a Bachelor in 4y or already a master degree)
  • To apply to the Blue Manager track
    • select "MSc MARRES - Blue Managers"
  • To apply to the Level Up certification
    • select "DU - MARRES Level Up"
Let's talk together about your application!

Contact a member of the MARRES team to help you choosing the track that best fits your goals and/or to prepare and complete your application. You can text us by using Messenger and you can book a 1:1 meeting with us on Zoom (on Mondays) via the scheduler also on our Facebook page.

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