Master of Science (MSc) Biocontrol Solutions for Plant Health (BOOST)

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)

Program Description

Master of Science (MSc) Biocontrol Solutions for Plant Health (BOOST)

Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)

To grow the next generation of scientists in plant protection. BOOST meets requirements in eco-friendly plant production technologies by producing the next generation of scientists and professionals in plant health.


A major global challenge is to implement eco-friendly plant production technologies while minimizing the hazards and risks to human health and the environment. This challenge is faced by all economic sectors that produce or use plants: agriculture, agri-food, cosmetics, Pharmaceutics.

  • Plant health will be a major issue at the interface between agriculture and the environment for the foreseeable future.
  • The BOOST master's program is an ambitious multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity training degree. It is designed to provide advanced knowledge in plant protection research and management, including resistant plant cultivars, biomolecules stimulating plant resistance and growth, biocontrol solutions, and plant production environments that reduce the need for pesticides.


To grow the next generation of scientists in plant protection.

  • The BOOST program has been designed to develop core research and leadership skills, and enhance scientific knowledge of eco-friendly plant production technologies. We propose to meet the needs of students with different backgrounds and levels of experience, thus the BOOST program offers flexibility and individual training opportunities. Students will select one elective from (i) biopesticides & semiochemicals, (ii) plant improvement for biocontrols, (ii) microorganisms and macroorganisms.
  • Students will master advanced knowledge in, plant biology, ecology, entomology, microbiology, chemistry, informatics, legislation, social sciences, management, in order to effectively address current and emerging plant health issues.
  • Students will gain vital employability skills in teamwork, communication with stakeholders, project management, digital skills, advisory work, and the preparation of grant proposals.
  • Students will be able to (i) identify issues in the sustainable development of various agroecosystems and share them with relevant stakeholders, (ii) engage in the design, implementation and application of innovative strategies to reduce pesticide use, (iii) evaluate and manage these new strategies in the legislative context, dealing with risk analyses and financial interests.
  • There will be opportunities for continuing education and acquisition of disciplinary knowledge and skills related to plant protection research and management as well as promote professional activities through internships. Validation systems will be established to allow private companies to provide training to their staff.
  • The master’s program will prepare the next generation of scientist and professionals in plant protection who: (i) possess a holistic and interdisciplinary understanding of plant protection issues; (ii) are market-ready and equipped with critical scientific skills to satisfy the needs of the plant protection community; (iii) are connected to a strong Europe-wide network of scientists who are prepared for future research challenges; and (iv) are enthusiastic about promoting excellent plant protection and biostimulation science to benefit the end-user.

Course structure

Future careers

BOOST fosters the training of professionals who will have the expertise to lead projects in all sectors related to plant health research and innovation.
Graduates will develop a broad view of related challenges, disciplines, and stakeholders. As future professionals, students will be provided with the knowledge, know-how, and experience to act as researchers, R&D leaders in extension services and industry, or as experts in consulting companies, public bodies or NGOs.

  • Research, development, innovation in:
  • Universities and research institutes
  • Extension services
  • Plant protection companies
  • Agri-food companies
  • Cosmetics companies
  • Pharmaceuticals companies
  • Consulting and expertise in the private sector
  • Prospective, coordination and funding of research and innovation in public bodies, national agencies, and NGOs.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 30, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
2 years
4,000 EUR
The tuition fee may vary according to your residence status, namely if you are a resident of an EU country or of a country outside the EU
France - Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
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