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ForTheMicrobes

International Master in Microbiology

The objective of the Master ForTheMicrobes is to train researchers in the field of microbiology in an international context. Microbiology is considered a developing science at the heart of many industrial applications in the fields of health, agribusiness and agri-food. It has a significant economic impact and is considered a strategic discipline in research and development policies.

Overview

The 1st semester starts at the JGU with the module “Basic Methods and Lab Skills”, in which the students are brought to an equal level of methodological skills in microbiological, molecular biological biochemical and biotechnological lab methods. The two modules “Fungal Physiology” and “Biomolecular Interactions” are mandatory modules in the 1st semester correspond in content to the already existing advanced modules in Microbiology, which are also offered for the M.Sc. Biology course. The molecular biotechnology and biochemistry/biophysics are taught in modules specifically designed for this course.

The 2nd semester takes place at uB and consists of three modules, which convey advanced knowledge in the topics of Microbial Ecology, Microbial Interactions and Signal Transduction as well as Environmental Microbiology to the students . An « Auxiliary Module » presents general skills needed to manage research projects and to use research results in an industrial context. In addition, a module on French language and civilization will be offered to non-French students .

The 3rd semester lays focus on two research practical courses that can either be performed at JGU or uB where the students get a small project of the actual basic or applied research.

In the 4th semester, the experimental part of the master project will be carried out either at JGU or uB and the Master thesis will be written. Finally, an annual symposium will take place alternatively at JGU or uB, where the students present their thesis via a scientific poster to the colleagues and supervisors. In parallel the final examinations will take place.

Study plan and Degree requirements:

Semester 1 (JGU) – 900 h, 30 ECTS:

  • Basic Methods and Lab Skills (MIC 1a): basic laboratory technical skills (PCR, Cloning, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, protein purification, HPLC). Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (15 ECTS)
  • Module “Fungal and Molecular Physiology” (MIC 1b): molecular manipulation of filamentous fungi, molecular biological methods in a modern molecular biological lab, physiological studies. Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (15 ECTS), elective course
  • Module “Biomolecular Interactions” (MIC 1c): protein-protein interactions, protein DNA-interactions, protein-small molecule interactions, binding affinity and quantification of interactions, i.e. binding kinetics of biomolecules). Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (15 ECTS), elective course

Semester 2 (uB) – 900 h, 30 ECTS:

  • Module “Microbial response to stress and environmental changes” (MIC 2a): molecular and physiological mechanisms involved in stress resistance at various cellular level: two components system, role of Hsp; signaling pathways, membrane integrity. Circulation from reservoir to humans: pathogenic microorganisms and microbes of interest: for environmental, health and food purposes; Microbial ecotoxicology of chemical contaminants (pesticide, pharmaceuticals (including antibiotics), adaptation to chemicals biodegradation (contribution to soil filtration ecosystem service), bacterial resistance mechanisms to antibiotics in soil, food and consequences in human health. Alternatives (phage therapy, antagonistic or probiotic bacteria). Animal carriage of strains pathogenic to humans. Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (9 ECTS).
  • Module “Microbial Interactions” (MIC 2b): persistence of bacteria in environments: biofilms and aggregates; Control of biofilms: use of bacteriophages or enzyme-based biofilms; Promote biofilm formation of technological bacteria; Inter-kingdom signaling: communication from mutualism to pathogenicity. Interactions between microorganisms and their hosts, host-microbiota/mycobiota interaction mechanisms; immune responses; Plant-microbe immune response in comparison with human immunity); Microbiomes, resistomes and their interactions applied to health, food or soil-plants-holobionts. Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (9 ECTS).
  • Module “Microbial diversity and microbial circulation in ecosystems“ (MIC 2c): methods to describe the biodiversity: Classical microbiology, Foot-printing, Omics techniques; Microbiota/Mycobiota: diversity, transmission, distribution and functions in various environments. Applied to soil, human or food). Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (9 ECTS).
  • Auxiliary module (MIC 2d): Introducing the students to some essential skills needed to manage a research project, such as writing a literature review or the basics of project management. An introduction to patent law will also be taught. Finally, students will be offered the opportunity to visit technical platforms of industrial or academic research and innovation centres. Seminar, mandatory course (3 ECTS).

Semester 3 (uB and JGU) – 900 h, 30 ECTS:

  • Module “Bacterial Infection Biology” (MIC 3a), JGU: Molecular Microbiology, bacteria-host-interactions, cloning techniques, protein chemical methods, biomolecular interactions, bacterial regulation of gene expression, bacterial communication, inter-kingdom-signaling, bacterial biofilm formation, methods in drug research. Research practical internship and seminar (15 ECTS).
  • Module “Molecular Principles of Fungal Adaptation and Differentiation” (MIC 3b), JGU: Molecular Microbiology, Differentiation of fungi, cloning techniques, generation of “loss of function” mutants, methods for physiological characterization, methods for investigation of secondary metabolism in fungi or in molecular mechanisms of differentiation, respectively, regulation of gene expression, methods in drug research. Research practical internship and seminar (15 ECTS).
  • Module “Internship Advanced Microbiology I” (Mic 3c), uB: Advanced research topics. The work in a research laboratory will provide to the students the opportunity to pursue a research project defined with the supervisors while being trained in independent scientific research. Students will be introduced into the state of the art of the respective research area. They will present their results in a research colloquium. The accompanying seminars will give the opportunity to a broad range of actors from the campuses of Mainz, Dijon and the Forthem alliance to present their field of research and teaching with the aim to facilitate internships and collaboration across the alliance (15 ECTS).
  • Module “Internship Advanced Microbiology II” (Mic 3d), uB: Advanced research topics. The work in a research laboratory will provide to the students the opportunity to pursue a research project defined with the supervisors while being trained in independent scientific research. Students will be introduced into the state of the art of the respective research area. They will present their results in a research colloquium. The accompanying seminars will give the opportunity to a broad range of actors from the campuses of Mainz, Dijon and the Forthem alliance to present their field of research and teaching with the aim to facilitate internships and collaboration across the alliance (15 ECTS).

Semester 4 (uB OR JGU) – 900 h, 30 ECTS:

Master thesis and defense (including final symposium for all graduating students)

  • Fungal Physiology (JGU)
  • Biotechnology and drug research (JGU)
  • Bacterial infection biology (JGU)
  • Microbial diversity/Microbial ecology (uB)
  • Food Microbiology (uB)
  • Microbial Interactions (uB)

Students of the International Master's Programme in Microbiology acquire advanced knowledge in the field of microbiology, particularly in the fields of molecular microbiology, microbial physiology and biotechnology as well as microbial ecology with a clear focus on applications in industry, biotechnology, medicine and pharmacy. The program is based on different practical and research courses, which are accompanied by seminars and research talks.

The Forthem Master allows to obtain a double degree between the University of Burgundy and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
At the end of the two years of the Master programme, students are strongly encouraged to pursue a doctoral thesis in order to complete their scientific training. These can take place in the fields of research in fundamental or applied microbiology.
Nevertheless, at the end of the Master's degree students can also directly continue their career in research and development departments of companies or public research institutions.

Second session open for applications until the end of May 2022!

Students with a degree from a country of the European Union (except France), European Economic Area and Switzerland can apply at the following address: degree.seeking.students@u-bourgogne.fr

They can find information about what is expected in their application file at:

https://en.u-bourgogne.fr/images/stories/tmp/PI-eu-bachelor-master.pdf

Students with a French degree have to apply on the eCandidat site (https://ecandidat.u-bourgogne.fr).

After evaluation of the dossiers we will invite selected candidates for an online interview.

For students outside Europe (see definition above) for administrative reasons we can unfortunately not offer access this year.

A maximum of 16 Students per year will be accepted for the programme.
Programme candidates must fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent of 180 ECTS credits in the field of Biology (at the time of application proof of 120 ECTS is sufficient; for enrollment at uB, proof of the obtained Degree is necessary)
  • Proof of English language proficiency at the level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), according to the standards of uB. If the proof is given by a language test, the testing date may not be more than three years old at the time of application.
  • uB conducts the application, administration of the selection process and the admission of prospective students in compliance with the regulations of this agreement and the requirements of the Partner Institution. uB ensures that applicants from JGU have the same chances for admission as applicants from uB, even if application procedures and deadlines might differ.
  • The Programme Directors shall accept students from the pool of applicants who meet the requirements as stated. The selection shall take place according to the following criteria:
    university grades, in particular in subject areas related to the Master programme
    internships and project work in general and in the subject area
    motivation and coherence of the career plan with the subject area
  • Admitted Students shall be enrolled by uB. uB shall then transfer all relevant admission details to JGU, observing the data protection. JGU will accept the selected student for enrolment. Students will be enrolled at both Partner Institutions for the entire duration of the Degree Programme.

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The objective of the Master ForTheMicrobes is to train researchers in the field of microbiology in an international context. Microbiology is considered a developing science at the heart of many industrial applications in the fields of health, agribusiness and agri-food. It has a significant economic impact and is considered a strategic discipline in research and development policies.

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Overview

The 1st semester starts at the JGU with the module “Basic Methods and Lab Skills”, in which the students are brought to an equal level of methodological skills in microbiological, molecular biological biochemical and biotechnological lab methods. The two modules “Fungal Physiology” and “Biomolecular Interactions” are mandatory modules in the 1st semester correspond in content to the already existing advanced modules in Microbiology, which are also offered for the M.Sc. Biology course. The molecular biotechnology and biochemistry/biophysics are taught in modules specifically designed for this course.

The 2nd semester takes place at uB and consists of three modules, which convey advanced knowledge in the topics of Microbial Ecology, Microbial Interactions and Signal Transduction as well as Environmental Microbiology to the students . An "Auxiliary Module" presents general skills needed to manage research projects and to use research results in an industrial context. In addition, a module on French language and civilization will be offered to non-French students .

The 3rd semester lays focus on two research practical courses that can either be performed at JGU or uB where the students get a small project of the actual basic or applied research.

In the 4th semester, the experimental part of the master project will be carried out either at JGU or uB and the Master thesis will be written. Finally, an annual symposium will take place alternatively at JGU or uB, where the students present their thesis via a scientific poster to the colleagues and supervisors. In parallel the final examinations will take place.

Study plan and Degree requirements:

Semester 1 (JGU) - 900 h, 30 ECTS:

  • Basic Methods and Lab Skills (MIC 1a): basic laboratory technical skills (PCR, Cloning, SDS-PAGE, Western blot, protein purification, HPLC). Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (15 ECTS)
  • Module “Fungal and Molecular Physiology” (MIC 1b): molecular manipulation of filamentous fungi, molecular biological methods in a modern molecular biological lab, physiological studies. Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (15 ECTS), elective course
  • Module “Biomolecular Interactions” (MIC 1c): protein-protein interactions, protein DNA-interactions, protein-small molecule interactions, binding affinity and quantification of interactions, i.e. binding kinetics of biomolecules). Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (15 ECTS), elective course

Semester 2 (uB) - 900 h, 30 ECTS:

  • Module “Microbial response to stress and environmental changes” (MIC 2a): molecular and physiological mechanisms involved in stress resistance at various cellular level: two components system, role of Hsp; signaling pathways, membrane integrity. Circulation from reservoir to humans: pathogenic microorganisms and microbes of interest: for environmental, health and food purposes; Microbial ecotoxicology of chemical contaminants (pesticide, pharmaceuticals (including antibiotics), adaptation to chemicals biodegradation (contribution to soil filtration ecosystem service), bacterial resistance mechanisms to antibiotics in soil, food and consequences in human health. Alternatives (phage therapy, antagonistic or probiotic bacteria). Animal carriage of strains pathogenic to humans. Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (9 ECTS).
  • Module “Microbial Interactions” (MIC 2b): persistence of bacteria in environments: biofilms and aggregates; Control of biofilms: use of bacteriophages or enzyme-based biofilms; Promote biofilm formation of technological bacteria; Inter-kingdom signaling: communication from mutualism to pathogenicity. Interactions between microorganisms and their hosts, host-microbiota/mycobiota interaction mechanisms; immune responses; Plant-microbe immune response in comparison with human immunity); Microbiomes, resistomes and their interactions applied to health, food or soil-plants-holobionts. Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (9 ECTS).
  • Module “Microbial diversity and microbial circulation in ecosystems“ (MIC 2c): methods to describe the biodiversity: Classical microbiology, Foot-printing, Omics techniques; Microbiota/Mycobiota: diversity, transmission, distribution and functions in various environments. Applied to soil, human or food). Practical course, seminar and lecture, mandatory course (9 ECTS).
  • Auxiliary module (MIC 2d): Introducing the students to some essential skills needed to manage a research project, such as writing a literature review or the basics of project management. An introduction to patent law will also be taught. Finally, students will be offered the opportunity to visit technical platforms of industrial or academic research and innovation centres. Seminar, mandatory course (3 ECTS).

Semester 3 (uB and JGU) - 900 h, 30 ECTS:

  • Module “Bacterial Infection Biology” (MIC 3a), JGU: Molecular Microbiology, bacteria-host-interactions, cloning techniques, protein chemical methods, biomolecular interactions, bacterial regulation of gene expression, bacterial communication, inter-kingdom-signaling, bacterial biofilm formation, methods in drug research. Research practical internship and seminar (15 ECTS).
  • Module “Molecular Principles of Fungal Adaptation and Differentiation” (MIC 3b), JGU: Molecular Microbiology, Differentiation of fungi, cloning techniques, generation of “loss of function” mutants, methods for physiological characterization, methods for investigation of secondary metabolism in fungi or in molecular mechanisms of differentiation, respectively, regulation of gene expression, methods in drug research. Research practical internship and seminar (15 ECTS).
  • Module “Internship Advanced Microbiology I” (Mic 3c), uB: Advanced research topics. The work in a research laboratory will provide to the students the opportunity to pursue a research project defined with the supervisors while being trained in independent scientific research. Students will be introduced into the state of the art of the respective research area. They will present their results in a research colloquium. The accompanying seminars will give the opportunity to a broad range of actors from the campuses of Mainz, Dijon and the Forthem alliance to present their field of research and teaching with the aim to facilitate internships and collaboration across the alliance (15 ECTS).
  • Module “Internship Advanced Microbiology II” (Mic 3d), uB: Advanced research topics. The work in a research laboratory will provide to the students the opportunity to pursue a research project defined with the supervisors while being trained in independent scientific research. Students will be introduced into the state of the art of the respective research area. They will present their results in a research colloquium. The accompanying seminars will give the opportunity to a broad range of actors from the campuses of Mainz, Dijon and the Forthem alliance to present their field of research and teaching with the aim to facilitate internships and collaboration across the alliance (15 ECTS).

Semester 4 (uB OR JGU) – 900 h, 30 ECTS:

Master thesis and defense (including final symposium for all graduating students)

  • Fungal Physiology (JGU)
  • Biotechnology and drug research (JGU)
  • Bacterial infection biology (JGU)
  • Microbial diversity/Microbial ecology (uB)
  • Food Microbiology (uB)
  • Microbial Interactions (uB)

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The Forthem Master allows to obtain a double degree between the University of Burgundy and the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
At the end of the two years of the Master programme, students are strongly encouraged to pursue a doctoral thesis in order to complete their scientific training. These can take place in the fields of research in fundamental or applied microbiology.
Nevertheless, at the end of the Master's degree students can also directly continue their career in research and development departments of companies or public research institutions.

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Second session open for applications until the end of May 2022!

Students with a degree from a country of the European Union (except France), European Economic Area and Switzerland can apply at the following address: degree.seeking.students@u-bourgogne.fr

They can find information about what is expected in their application file at:

https://en.u-bourgogne.fr/images/stories/tmp/PI-eu-bachelor-master.pdf

Students with a French degree have to apply on the eCandidat site (https://ecandidat.u-bourgogne.fr).

After evaluation of the dossiers we will invite selected candidates for an online interview.

For students outside Europe (see definition above) for administrative reasons we can unfortunately not offer access this year.

A maximum of 16 Students per year will be accepted for the programme.
Programme candidates must fulfil the following admission requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent of 180 ECTS credits in the field of Biology (at the time of application proof of 120 ECTS is sufficient; for enrollment at uB, proof of the obtained Degree is necessary)
  • Proof of English language proficiency at the level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), according to the standards of uB. If the proof is given by a language test, the testing date may not be more than three years old at the time of application.
  • uB conducts the application, administration of the selection process and the admission of prospective students in compliance with the regulations of this agreement and the requirements of the Partner Institution. uB ensures that applicants from JGU have the same chances for admission as applicants from uB, even if application procedures and deadlines might differ.
  • The Programme Directors shall accept students from the pool of applicants who meet the requirements as stated. The selection shall take place according to the following criteria:
    university grades, in particular in subject areas related to the Master programme
    internships and project work in general and in the subject area
    motivation and coherence of the career plan with the subject area
  • Admitted Students shall be enrolled by uB. uB shall then transfer all relevant admission details to JGU, observing the data protection. JGU will accept the selected student for enrolment. Students will be enrolled at both Partner Institutions for the entire duration of the Degree Programme.
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