Master – Chemistry and Life Sciences

Domain: Sciences, technologies and health in tropical environments

Course: Chemical and biotechnological valorization of tropical biodiversity

ECTS credits


level of studies
at the end of training

Baccalaureate +5

Teaching locations

Saint-Denis – Moufia Campus

Type of training : Master

Training regime: Initial formation

Training summary

The Master in Chemistry and Life Sciences offers students the opportunity to acquire skills in the chemistry of natural substances and microbiology in both fundamental and applied research. This training is based on the expertise of the Chemistry and Biotechnology of Natural Products laboratory (ChemBioPro) at the University of Reunion.

The lessons taught will place particular emphasis on the valorization of resources from tropical biodiversity in order to prepare students for the major current cross-cutting themes of tropical research: bio-regulations, conservation and management of the biodiversity of tropical ecosystems, impact of climate change and human activities.

Training aims

 This training allows you to acquire a high scientific level with dual chemistry/microbiology skills. Its objective is to transmit scientific and methodological knowledge relating to:

  • Constituents of natural terrestrial and marine products (plants, marine invertebrates, microorganisms)

  • Traditional and innovative extraction techniques for natural products

  • fractionation and isolation techniques for natural products

  • Techniques for analyzing natural products

  • Biological activity tests in the context of bioguided fractionations

  • To the valorization of natural substances in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food supplements, agri-food, agriculture, environment and ecology

  • The valorization of natural substances through chemical and biotechnological transformations

  • To law, economics and sociology of the environment.

Advantages of the training

At the end of this training combining fundamental teaching and applied teaching, our students having obtained a high scientific level with dual chemistry/microbiology skills are capable of leading a research or research and development project linked to the valorization of raw materials of natural origin in fields as varied as the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, perfume and agri-food sectors.

This training is aimed at students who want learning that combines concrete teaching through practical work and internships with more theoretical teaching.

Targeted skills

  • Have acquired skills in the scientific and methodological bases in the valorization of biosourced molecules

  • Know the structure and physicochemical properties of the main classes of biomolecules

  • Know the main technologies of analytical chemistry

  • Know several effective separation techniques

  • Know traditional and innovative extraction techniques for natural products

  • Know the fundamental basics of modern organic chemistry

  • Know the modern tools allowing the detection, isolation, identification, characterization and use of microorganisms

  • Analyze complex situations in microbiology, formulate working hypotheses based on areas of application and propose experimental strategies to validate these

  • Apply recent methodologies allowing the study of microorganisms, their activity, their diversity and their evolution, in order to independently conduct an experimental protocol in the field of biotechnology of natural products

  • Design and carry out an experimental approach independently to respond to a problem where microorganisms are at the heart of biological reactions and transformations

  • Master the use of scientific and technological databases

  •  Master the requirements in terms of safety and risk management in chemistry and linked to the use of microorganisms

  •  Identify, select and critically analyze various specialized resources to document a subject and synthesize this data for use

  •  Communicate orally and in writing, clearly in French and English, and in a register adapted to an audience of specialists or non-specialists

  • Write specifications, reports, summaries and assessments

  • Respect the principles of ethics, professional conduct and environmental responsibility

  • Lead a project (design, management, team coordination, implementation and management, evaluation, dissemination) that can mobilize multidisciplinary skills in a collaborative framework

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Summary of lessons by course

Teaching in Master 1: 

  • Pre-professional English: professional scenarios

  • Édigital ecology

  • Sources, diversity, production and roles of natural products

  • Extraction and purification techniques for natural products

  • Basic mechanisms in organic chemistry

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) applied to the structural characterization of natural products: from metabolomics to the pure product

  • Mass spectrometry applied to the structural characterization of natural products

  • From the forest to molecules of interest: experimentation

  • Microbial culture

  • Green chemistry and natural products: a booming synergy

  • Experience in a professional environment

Teaching in Master 2:

  • Pre-professional English: certification and professional scenarios

  • Research strategy for natural products: applications to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors

  • Research strategy for natural products: applications to the pharmaceutical and cosmetic sectors

  • Synthesis and chemical transformation of natural products

  • Microbial cultures applied to biotechnology

  • Éeconomics / Law / Environmental sociology

  • Experience in a professional environment


The training offers two professional scenarios within a host structure during an internship period lasting two months in Master 1 and six months in Master 2. 

Specific devices

Not concerned

Conditions of access to training

On file, baccalaureate + 3 or equivalent

Continuing Studies


Career opportunities

  • Project manager

  • Design engineer

  • Research and development engineer

  • Researcher and teacher-researcher (after obtaining a doctorate)

In the following sectors of activity:
- Industrial: pharmacy, cosmetics, perfumery, agri-food, processing of natural raw materials, analysis companies
- Public: University, research organizations (CNRS, IRD, CIRAD, etc.)

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