Higher education

Interested in a better understanding of evolutionary, ecological and social mechanisms? Doctoral School in "Natural and Human Sciences: Evolution and Ecology", as well as our master's degree "Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution" can help you! You can also choose to follow a degree course to which the Museum contributes in partnership with several French institutions.

At the heart of research

This is our main specialisation: training through research based on the institution's scientific project. Through this approach, the Museum enables students to acquire knowledge, skills and knowledge from multi- and inter-disciplinary experts in the natural, human and social sciences.

This is possible in four different fields:

  • analysis of past and present mechanisms of the evolution of biodiversity;
  • the strategies for its preservation in the framework of sustainable development;
  • the impact of anthropic pressures;
  • the perception of societal and environmental issues related to heritage, biodiversity, climate and ecological transition.

To this specialisation are added many assets, including access to superb resources. You have access to our exceptional collections on 13 sites in Paris and the regions, as well as state-of-the-art facilities, research laboratories, museums, botanical gardens, zoos and libraries. Another strong point is the active teaching approach based on research-based training, multi- and cross-disciplinary teaching in the natural, human and social sciences, and immersion in the heart of the scientific and conservation professions. The formula? Field courses, internships, workshops, etc., conducive to the construction of a professional project.

Master Biodiversité, Écologie et Évolution (BEE) du Muséum

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All the knowledge in the world

One of the Museum's great strengths is its openness to the world. This is fully realised through multiple interactions: interventions by prestigious scientists for a cross-disciplinary approach to knowledge, exchanges between teaching courses encouraged by multidisciplinary team projects, study and internship mobility, Erasmus agreements and intensive programmes, two international Erasmus+ masters degrees and numerous co-supervision agreements. Not to mention our membership of the Sorbonne-University Alliance and our partnerships with French and international universities and research organisations.

Add to this an active, multi-site campus life, and all the conditions are in place to make our graduates highly employable! This is particularly true in the eyes of companies looking to hire professionals in management, environmental conservation and heritage, who combine a solid theoretical education with experience in the field.

What the students say

The Museum is a matter of the heart. We usually come here first as children and teenagers. And then we come back as adults with our own children. If you are fortunate enough to be a student here then you’ll have classes on one of the most beautiful campuses in France and attend professional training in an establishment that is the guardian of a centuries-old heritage yet at the cutting edge of research. The Museum's Master's degree is an interdisciplinary course that prepares us for the challenges of our century. These two years were a crucial part of my training. The personalised supervision allowed me to carry out my personal project and to complete my training.

Baptiste D. Student Master’s BEE course ES/MCT 2018-2020

Remise des diplômes du Master - Promotion 2019

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Key figures

1 master's degree, 7 courses;
1 doctoral school Nature and Human Sciences: evolution and ecology co-accredited with Sorbonne University;
16 research laboratories;
500 students enrolled on average per year in master's and doctoral programmes;
340 scientists involved in teaching and thesis supervision;
An 82% insertion rate in master's programmes and 93% in doctoral programmes after 3 years.

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