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Master's Degree in Health Biology: infectious diseases and microbiota

As part of the research course, this training offers a modern approach to methods and techniques applied to infectious diseases.

Access to training

The Master's degree in Health Biology Research is intended for students in the scientific and health fields.

See the application conditions and the administrative registration procedure.

Access to training

The Master's degree in Health Biology Research is intended for students in the scientific and health fields.

See the application conditions and the administrative registration procedure.

Objectives of the training

The speciality is adapted to the challenges of the present time - emergence or revival of infectious diseases, particularly vector-borne diseases, resistance to anti-infectious agents - thanks to integrated teaching and a conceptual deepening of infectious diseases.

An important part of the teaching is devoted to the study of the human microbiota, both normal and pathological, and its possible manipulation for therapeutic purposes.

The three main lines of teaching are :

1. Medical Entomology and Emerging Diseases

The relationship between human infections and associated insects, bacteria, parasites or viruses: lice, ticks, mosquitoes, arboviruses, borreliosis, rickettsiosis, leishmaniasis, malaria, emerging and epidemic pathogens, mycobacteria, multi-resistant bacteria and paleomicrobiology.

Représentation du microbiote intestinal
Maladies infectieuses et microbiote

2. Analysis and manipulation of the microbiota

Study and characterization of infectious agents using the most advanced techniques and methods (metagenomics, culturomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, taxonogenomics), for the comparison of normal and pathological microbiota, and their manipulation for therapeutic purposes.

3. Anti-infectious therapy and HIV

Study of resistance mechanisms, reservoirs, the use of new or old molecules, and new therapeutic pathways in the treatment of HIV, malaria and nosocomial infection bacteria.


The research master's programme primarily prepares students for the pursuit of a doctoral thesis in science. Various scholarships and funding are offered in the laboratories of the Health campus.

Projects by foreign students aiming to set up research laboratories on infectious diseases in their home countries are encouraged in conjunction with the Institut hospitalo-universitaire Méditerranée Infection.

Obtaining a master's degree and a doctoral thesis in science is also a privileged means of access to management careers in medical, pharmaceutical and scientific disciplines, in higher education, research, hospitals and industry.

Lessons Learned Program

  • Master 1 - General programme of courses
  • Master 2 - General programme of courses
  • Semester 1 - List of teachings

    Common core:

    • Introduction to major human pathologies
    • Ethics and Biomedical Research
    • Metabolic diseases with vascular risk: molecular approach
    • General Microbiology
    • Basics of medical and molecular genetics
    • Molecular bases of biotherapies
    • Health and Environment
    • Biostatistics
    • Research and Communication Methodology in English
    • Introduction anthropology
  • Semester 2 - List of courses and internships

    Common core:

    • Internship in a professional environment
    • Professional project
    • Basics of Immunology

    Choice of modules :

    • Deontology and scientific integrity
    • Molecular Biology: Molecular Mechanism in Physiopathology
    • Human and Molecular Genetics: in-depth
    • Pathophysiology of infectious diseases
    • Bio evolution
    • Vascular pathologies
    • Thrombotic diseases
    • Bases of oncogenesis
    • Genome Instability, Inflammation and Cancer: The Basics
    • Tumor microenvironment
    • Stem cells and cancer
    • Fertility, infertility and fertility preservation
    • Introduction to animal models
    • Clinical research and simulation
    • Gene, metabolism and nutrition
    • Proteomics
    • From gene to function
  • Semester 3 - List of teachings

    Common core:

    • Host Response
    • Transversal genomics
    • Bibliographic project

    Specific teaching units :

    • Emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases, medical entomology
    • Emerging Pathogens and Microbiotes
    • Biological bases of infectious diseases
    • Therapeutics of infectious diseases and HIV.
  • Semester 4 - Internship

    • Internship in a professional environment

Training ground

Internships can be carried out in :

  • any research unit related to microbiology, infectious diseases and microbiota - provided that the laboratory is labelled and that the supervisor in charge has the authorisation to direct the research.
  • in the industrial environment, or abroad - after authorization from the person in charge of teaching.

Consult a list of research units and laboratories hosting internships in Aix-Marseille and in France (non-exhaustive list).

Contact for training managers

Persons in charge of the biology and health field

Professor Pierre MORANGE


Professor Christophe DUBOIS


Tel : 04 91 32 46 80

Address: Inserm URM-S-1076, Faculty of Pharmacy

Head of Infectious Diseases and Microbiota Specialization

Professor Bernard LA SCOLA


Address: URMITE UMR 7278, Institut Méditerranée Infection - IHU