University of Montpellier trains people in the fields of Biology and Health to become highly qualified and fully operational professionals in academic, medical, and industry sectors.
Programs offered at the University within the scope of the BioHealth Department enable students to take a holistic approach to study biology in its infinite complexity, without any gap between research and education in the health field. This approach enabled the University to create a diverse offering of educational programs which benefit from all the human and material means necessary to enable students to acquire the skills they need to be effective in their future professions. These programs leverage equipment, laboratories, and the latest technologies to help students gain knowledge and expand their expertise.
BioHealth courses offered at University of Montpellier enable students to acquire broad skills in science and medicine corresponding to the needs of tomorrow’s professions. Our courses encourage an interdisciplinary approach that helps prepare the transition towards biology and medicine of the future, at the cross-roads of mathematics, physics, and computer science.
Educational opportunities for people of all ages
Initial education for students
As part of the European Bachelor’s-Master’s-PhD framework, these courses are based on a conventional curriculum. They are validated by university or national diplomas.
Diplomas are based on three levels – Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD – with each one corresponding to a university degree.
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are earned by acquiring credits or ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Credits indicate the average overall workload, including class work and individual work, required to validate courses and educational activities.
Semester courses lead to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Each semester carries 30 credits, representing 300 teaching hours – a total workload of 600 to 750 hours including individual work. The number of credits earned by courses and other educational activities is calculated with respect to that standard.
To earn a Bachelor’s degree, students must validate 180 credits; to earn a Master’s degree, students must validate a total of 300 credits (180 + 120).
University Degrees are also offered to meet specific needs. These programs are organized into semester-based teaching units that also qualify for credits. Some of these degrees are registered with the French National Registry of Professional Certifications.
Programs are also organized in a manner that enables all students to personalize their educational tracks in a consistent framework that takes into account their professional experience, goals, and interests, as well as the possibility to change orientation if necessary. This simply requires an appropriate combination of three main categories of teaching units:
- Core teaching units, which include courses and activities that are considered essential for earning a degree in a given discipline.
- Additional teaching units, which include courses and activities that reinforce knowledge in the student’s major discipline, enable them to also study a second (minor) discipline, acquire methods, learn a modern foreign language, or master information and communication techniques.
- Free teaching units, which include courses and activities that may be chosen freely by students for their own personal benefit, without any direct relationship to their major and minor disciplines.
Continued education for professionals
Dedicated to teaching in medical disciplines, continued education enables professionals to specialize in a particular field or reinforce their skills. These programs qualify for university degrees.