Biodiversity Conservation - BIODIV, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 22 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
  • English, French (take IELTS)
The common Franco-Hellenic M.Sc. Program on ‘Biodiversity Conservation’ (BIODIV) is offered by the School of the Environment, University of the Aegean, and the Laboratoire Ecosystemes Lagunaires (ECOLAG), University Montpellier II. The M.Sc. Diploma is awarded by both the collaborating academic units, their names appearing on the Diploma, written both in French and Greek.
  • Overview
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  • Key facts
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  • Fees and funding


The main objective of BIODIV is the training of specialized scientific staff able to comprehend the subject of biodiversity conservation and be supplied with the necessary tools and methodologies to confront and practically solve problems of biodiversity maintenance. Special emphasis is given to biodiversity issues of the Mediterranean region in the framework of the global change. The graduates of the M.Sc. Program may either continue in research, pursuing a Ph.D., or work in the public or private sectors in France, Greece or elsewhere.

BIODIV offers unique opportunities and advantages:

1. Professional perspectives at the European and international levels

2. Institutional expertise on Ecology & Biodiversity Conservation

3. Research and education on critical issues of Biodiversity Conservation

4. Novel and diverse educational activities

5. Tuition free; International scholarships

Programme Structure

The duration of studies is four academic semesters, corresponding to 120 ECTS. The Programme includes lectures, seminars, practicals, and the preparation of the Thesis of Specialization. The first (winter) semester of studies starts in mid-September and is offered in Montpellier, France. The teaching language is French. The second (spring) semester starts in mid-January and is offered in Mytilene, Greece. In Mytilene, some courses are taught entirely in French and others entirely in English. The thesis of specialization is carried out during the third and fourth semesters.


offered in the University Montpellier II, France

6 courses, corresponding to 30 ECTS

A1. Ecological Engineering, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A2. Biostatistics, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A3. English, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A4. Ecosystem Functioning, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A5. Population and Community Ecology, 50 hours (5 ECTS) A6. Genetics and Evolution, 50 hours (5 ECTS)


offered in the University of the Aegean, Greece

6 courses, corresponding to 30 ECTS

B1. Modelling, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B2. Biodiversity, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B3. Landscape Ecology and GIS, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B4. Conservation Biology, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B5. Biospheric Processes in the Changing Mediterranean Ecosystem, 50 hours (5 ECTS) B6. Theoretical Ecology, 50 hours (5 ECTS)

C. 3rd and 4th SEMESTERS

Thesis of Specialization (60 ECTS)

The Thesis of Specialization is carried out in collaborating academic or research institutions in France, Greece or elsewhere. It is written in English or French in the form of a paper ready to be submitted in a scientific journal.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 22 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Up to 30 postgraduate students are accepted each year, graduates of internationally recognized Higher Education Departments of Science, Agronomy, Polytechnic or equivalent, from European or other countries, possessing 180 units of the European system ECTS. The selection process is based on the CVs of the candidates and if it is required by a personal interview.

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • Free EU/EEA

No tuition fees


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