Course duration

2 years

1st round: EMJM
Scholarships and

Deadline 1st
Round: 28/02/2023

2nd round: Self-funded
and partial

Deadline 2nd
Round: 31/05/2023

Tuition fee

5000 €

For citizens and permanent
residents of EU, N. Macedonia,
Serbia, Iceland, Liechtenstein,
Norway and Turkey

Tuition fee

9000 €

Non-EU citizens

Tuition fee waiver

In the 2nd round of application there are 5 places available with 100% and 5 places with 50% discount for tuition fee. Applicants are also able to apply for partial scholarships to cover their living costs during 6-12 months to the candidates showing their best performance.

Eligible for students from all EU-CONEXUS countries and everybody who have not obtained a grant in the 1st round yet.

About the programme

This joint Masters programme in Marine Biotechnology is an integrated multidisciplinary programme offered within the framework of one of the first transnational European universities.

The programme provides the student with a high-quality academic education, building professional competences in the area of marine biotechnology (also called blue biotechnology) and helping to address its global challenges.

It will ensure that students:

  • essential interdisciplinary training in key topics related to Marine Biotechnology;
  • opportunities to specialise within one of the four thematical tracks: (1) Innovative Bioproducts for Future; (2) Blue Biomass; (3) Marine Biorefinery; (4) Aquaculture Biotechnology;
  • a tailored study programme according to their aspirations via individual professional practice (internship), individual research (academic research integration) and thesis work.

This Marine Biotechnology Masters gives the student multiple travel options within the alliance.

Students are integrated into a multicultural study group and a professional network, offering an immersive system of project-based learning in the ‘real world’ economy.


The JMPMB is focussed on applications of Marine Biotechnology to the health, cosmetics and agri-food sectors, leading the students through a pipeline on marine biotechnology including:

  • biochemical and genomic prospecting tools for searching new molecules from aquatic resources.
  • microorganisms, micro-algae and seaweed biomass production as the feedstock of new compound and.
  • biochemical and biotechnology tools for extraction and functionalization of new compounds obtained from marine biomass for application to health, cosmetics and agri-food sectors.


The Joint Master programme in Marine Biotechnology is a 2-years full time study programme, taught in English and awarding a joint diploma, Master of Science in Marine Biotechnology (or equivalent), organised as followed :

Courses/content Location
1st semester
Core courses in marine biotechnology
(30 ECTS)
UCV, Spain
2nd semester
Core courses in marine biotechnology
(24 ECTS)
LRUniv, France
Internship in any company (6 ECTS) Any country
3rd semester
Specialisation courses of the chosen track (16 ECTS)  4 tracks/specialisation the second year :

  • Innovative Bioproducts for Future;
  • Blue Biomass;
  • Marine Biorefinery;
  • Aquaculture Biotechnology.


“Academic Research Integration (ARI)” course where groups of students from different tracks will work together on transversal research projects (14 ECTS).

All partner universities according to the chosen track by the student in order to carry out his/her ARI; the elective courses will be taught online
4th semester
Master Thesis (30 ECTS).
Any partner and associated university

To know more about the detailed programme structure, please read the course catalogue


Application documents:

  • Diploma of Bachelor degree, or equivalent in language of origin and an official translation into English. Apostilled or legalised by Spanish embassy.
  • Diploma Supplement or Transcript of records (in language of origin and an official translation into English) showing full details of courses studied and grades/marks obtained.
  • A letter from the University stating that his/her Bachelor gives access to Master’s studies.
  • Certificate to proof of English language proficiency (see requirements), if English is not a native language. The certificate must be issued during the last 2 years.
  • Statement of purpose completed with comments/justification about the preference for the track (specialisation) in JMPMB.
  • CV with the emphasis on professional/research experience in the related subject and extracurricular activities (Europass CV format is highly recommended).
  • 2 academic recommendation letters (the letters must be not older than 6 months, signed, they must contain a date and they must be on letterhead paper, and include the referees signature or official stamp).
  • Copy of the photo page of passport or ID (for the EU citizens only).

Complementary documents:

  • Scientific articles, if any. The articles may be listed in the CV with the link to the journal where it is published and object identifier (OID) number.
  • Proof of volunteering and/or work activities (e.g. certificate, report, membership payment slip, etc.).

Our team

Career opportunities

In 2016, the Blue Economy provided 3.48 million jobs in the EU and the average wage increased by 14.2%.

The EU-CONEXUS countries represent more than 50% of the EU`s Blue Jobs.

You will be able to assist companies in:

  • the health, cosmetics and agri-food sectors to reach new markets and segments.
  • the manufacturing of new functional products from marine resources.
  • the various uses of Biotechnology to the aquaculture sector such as : managing advanced breeding programmes, estimating significant diseases of aquatic organisms, modifying the metabolism of molecules in living organisms and support modern research for practical aquaculture development and seafood processing.

Professional skills:

EU-CONEXUS has built this programme in collaboration with stakeholders to match the actual needs of the biotechnological sector (list available here). Moreover, companies and research centers are involved in the teaching of the programme.

It will prepare employable students to get the following skills and knowledge:

  • Understand the process of discovery and development of marine derived molecules and set up an efficient biotechnological pipeline to develop innovative marine natural products using state of the art techniques.
  • Integrate problem-solving skills, specialised knowledge, and understanding from current challenges to innovative solutions regarding the sector.
  • Acquire skills related to management of biotechnological innovation projects, transfer of R&D and protection of industrial and intellectual property in the marine biotechnology sector.
  • Communicate efficiently scientific results to colleagues, customers and collaborators by means of highly organised, coherent, and cohesive both written and oral discourses to contribute to the betterment of the field.
  • Work as part of multidisciplinary and international teams, following and maintaining high quality of work and high productivity.


Why this master

Learn from the best

Enrol and be inspired by our team of specialist thematic researchers. Participate in cutting edge research in blue biotechnology. Learn from leading industry experts bringing real work experience into the classes. Tackling marine biotechnology challenges through multidisciplinary understanding.

Studies with no border – be part of something bigger

Study in European Universities from four different countries. Participate in trans-national research teams. Gain a Joint Masters Degree awarded by a European University Alliance and recognisable by six European Universities. Create your own European network for marine biotechnology. Custom-build your marine biotechnology career through four specialisation tracks.

International study campus

Enjoy a range of social and sporting activities. Experiment at least three different countries culture and lifestyles.

Excellent facilities

Students will have access to

  • excellent lecture and university library facilities.
  • well-equipped laboratories for introducing professional tasks
  • research facilities for integrated student projects


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