Microbiology and Physicochemistry for food and wine Processes (MP2).

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About the Master’s Degree

MP2 is a 2 year, course-based, full-time international research Master’s Degree focused on Microbiology and related processes and Physicochemistry applied to food and wine Processes, offered by the University of Burgundy – Franche-Comté and AgroSup Dijon. This master aims at training future researchers and managers of the food and wine science and industry.

Indeed, today several factors influence and explain the dynamism of employment of researchers and managers in the field of the food science and food-processing industries:

  • the increase of the regulations and the control of agro-industries,
  • the changes of uses and technologies in the production and the elaboration of food,
  • the energy transition
  • Urgent need of innovation to meet the challenge to feed the whole planet in very close future.

Course content

The topic of the main courses of the first year of this international master will be the consumer’s perceptions of food and introduction to food and wine physical chemistry, microbiology and food processes. Then students will rapidly focus their courses (lectures, tutorials, practicals and projects) in biotechnology, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, microbiology, mass transfer, food processes. Back to Dijon in the second year, the students have to choose an option to specialize in microbiology and microbiological processes or in physicochemistry applied to food and wine science. Finally they will have to perform a six months research internship in a laboratory (in France or in a foreign country) to validate a master thesis.

During the second semester of the first year all the students have to perform an international mobility in another European university through an Erasmus learning agreement.

Program description

Our approach is student-centered and participative. It combines lectures, seminars and practicals, workshops and individual/team projects. The modules below are indicative of those offered in this program. This list is based on the current organization and may change year to year in response to new needs in the food industry:

  • 1st year (60 credits)
  • 1st year, first semester (30 credits)
Unit 1 – Toolbox (project management, statistics, mathematics, french-english, visits….)
Unit 2 – Chemosensory perception, emotions, memory and food choices
Unit 3 – Perception and sensory evaluation
Unit 4 – Microbiology and Microbiological processes
Unit 5 – Chemistry and Physical chemistry
  • 1st year, second semester (30 credits)

Units to be choose through a learning agreement with academic European partners through:

Analytical chemistry, biotechnology, bioinformatics, chemistry, microbiology, heat and mass transfer, physical chemistry, food technology and processing…..

During the 1st year, students carry out a 2 months internship in a research laboratory or an industry.

  • 2nd year (60 credits)

2nd year, first semester (30 credits) students have to choose an option (1 or 2) to specialize in microbiology and microbiological processes (option 1) or in physical chemistry (option 2)

Option1:  New insigths in microbiology and food processes

Unit 1: Toolbox and project management
Unit 2A: Microbiology applied to food safety: pathogens and flora alterations
Uint 3A: Interactions and adaptations of microorganisms to their environments
Unit 4A: Food and wine design by the mean of microbiology
Unit 5A: Food processes and emerging technologies

Option2:  New insigths in chemistry and physicochemistry for Food design

Unit   1: Toolbox and project management
Unit 2B: Food ans wines analysis
Uint 3B: Food and wine stability
Unit 4B: Food design by the mean of physicochemistry
Unit 5B: Chemistry and toxicology applied to food safety
Unit   6: Project and training

About the University

The University “Bourgogne Franche – Comté” has been ranked 2nd best French University in the field of Food Sciences (Shangaï, 2017). Most of the lecturers and scientists involved in the Master’s program are members of the Food and Microbiological Processes research unit (UMR PAM). The PAM Research Centre plays a major role in scientific and technological advances in the field of food and wine. The joint scientific focus of all the members is to understand the physical, chemical, and biological phenomena that determine food quality with the ambition of developing new products and new food processes. In addition to the pedagogical team, international invited lecturers will be involved.

Funding and tuition fees

As an international postgraduate you will benefit from France’s low tuition fees and have access to a wide range of funding programs (Grants from I-SITE UBFC, ERASMUS, French embassies, AUF bursaries, etc.). You can also apply for funding from the Université Bourgogne Franche – Comté (25 grants in 2017).

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent (180 ECTS) in biology, food science, chemistry, physical chemistry or engineering science. Those having completed a Master’s Degree or equivalent (240 ECTS) related to biology, chemistry or physical chemistry can enter directly in the 2nd year.

Candidates should have good English proficiency (B2 required).


This Master’s Degree aims at providing students with job-relevant competencies and skills for a career as research project leader in academic laboratories, research institutes or R&D departments of international companies. The expertise will be in the field of microbiology and microbiological processes, chemistry and physical chemistry applied to food and wine science. Students will be encouraged to perform a PhD after this master degree.