MSc MARRES - Science & Society


Opening all the opportunities of the blue world

Our 2-year interdisciplinary approach, combined with empowering immersion projects, allows you to become researchers, conservation specialists, environmental consultant, or entrepreneurs. Whatever your interests, you will become the open-minded specialist that our society needs to solve current and emerging ocean issues.

with MARRES you will
  • acquire high-level scientific knowledge
  • develop critical thinking &  adopt the scientific approach in all circumstances
  • assess the current and emerging ocean-related challenges
  • assess the possible solutions according to the socio-economic context
  • contribute to wised decision-making, through environmental quality & impact analysis
  • adapt communication to a targeted audience
  • develop entrepreneurship skills
  • recognize and combine scientific, economic and social potential of marine resources
and become
  • Researcher in a private or public laboratory
  • Academic, University professor
  • Engineer
  • Conservation specialist
  • MPA manager
  • Science officer in an international or non-governmental organization
  • Environmental awareness / Ocean literacy
  • specialist in an environmental consultancy firm
  • environmental management specialist in a company free-lance
  • CSR specialist
  • science or development officer in an industrial company
  • start-up entrepreneur of the Blue Growth (Tourism, Food, Energy, Biotechnology...)


The program

Course catalogue

The "Science & Society" track offers an innovative and interdisciplinary way to understanding the interdependencies between scientific, societal and economic aspects of the ocean.





Our hybrid teaching strategy

Our teaching modules are generally designed following a blended-learning approach articulated in learning blocks allowing students to prepare for their face-to-face interactions with instructors through prior asynchronous work.

  • Learning blocks are composed of short video capsules, self-paced preparatory activities, and checkpoints for students to assess their learning progress.
  • Face-to-face interactions are thus reinforced and enriched by constructive exchanges in the form of recitation, workshops and discussions.

MORE ABOUT THE LEARNING STRATEGY   instructors, campus tour, online tools...


Labs, fieldtrips & workshops

Practical works allow students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class, such as in environmental data analysis, marine biodiversity, conservation, ecotoxicology & biotechnology.

Lerins campaign
In The Scientific Adventure students design their sampling strategy and collect data at Sea on the Lérins Archipelago. Then, these data are analysed in class and conclusions are communicated to the public
Plankton party

In Depict Marine Biodiversity, students learn to identify marine organisms with the collections of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco and they learn to collect & identify plankton in the Bay of Villefranche-sur-Mer

Ecotox lab
In Response of Organisms to the Environment, students quantify the effect of different types of stressors on marine organisms, such as temperature, acidification and chemical pollution
Biotech lab
In the biotechnology module, students spend one week in the lab to extract and identify bioactive molecules from marine resources to be used in cosmetics, pharmaceutics or agriculture

Immersion projects

Our immersion projects connects the students together and with local and international professionals in science, conservation and/or entrepreneurship according to their career objectives. In short, the immersion projects encompass the 1st-year internships, but it's much more than that!

What is an immersion project?

How does it work?

from semester 1, all Mondays are fully dedicated to prepare the Y1 internship with a coaching on project management and a peer-coaching from 2nd-year-students.
during 4 to 6 months Y1 students are 100% devoted to the project implementation thanks to preceding months of preparation.
once in semester 3, Y2 students still benefit from all Mondays dedicated to complete their objectives and to teach the acquired skills & knowledge to the Y1 students who are taking over.

MORE ON IMMERSION PROJECTS  examples of topics, student video pitch...


The 4th semester is entirely dedicated to the master thesis, carried out in the form of a 6-month internship in a laboratory, an NGO or a company, or in the form of an entrepreneurial feasibility study. The students defend their thesis during the MARRES symposium that take place end of June.

MORE ABOUT THE MARRES EVENTS   symposium, graduation ceremony, welcome week... 
WATCH THE STUDENT PRESENTATIONS   playlist of the public sessions