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Graduate Programme MICAS - Microbiota, Gut, Brain, Food Health - Master's degree

Diplôme national de master contrôlé par l'État


Becoming an actor in Health and managing human chronic diseases by targeting the microbiota and the food-health link. Read more

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General information

- Entry: September 2024 (Master 1 or Master 2)
- Duration: 1 or 2 years
- Place: Nantes
- Langue: English and French



GP MICAS focuses on understanding the physiological and pathophysiological mechanisms linking gut microbiota, diet and health.

The corresponding pathological mechanisms are involved in chronic neurological, inflammatory and metabolic diseases.
The GP MICAS studies the functioning and intestine deregulations, annex organs and the brain, impacted by the microbiota and diet.

The GP MICAS also emphasises preventive nutrition and the concept of the developmental origins of health and disease (DoHAD) as levers to preserve the proper functioning of these organs.
This teaching and research programme is based on the recognised clinical and scientific expertise of the research units in Nantes.
This expertise concerns the following fields: biomedical, neurobiology, microbiota, gastroenterology, metabolism, allergology and nutrition as well as bioinformatics and systems biology.

Year 1: From health and disease to the bench by mobilising different resources covering the latest scientific and methodological advances in the field.

Year 2: From the laboratory to health and disease - Pathophysiology, prevention and therapy, scientific and clinical evidence of the effects of diet and microbiota on health and disease.

During this year, an immersion in the professional field of interest of the student (industry by alternation or academic or industrial research laboratory) will be preserved (or offered).

The Master's programme will allow, depending on their professional project, (1) students graduating from M2 to enter the fields of activity related to food and health, (2) to pursue a doctorate and/or (3) for students from medical and paramedical training, to become aware of the issues of food and microbiota in medical care and practices.

Why joining the Graduate Programme Microbiota, Gut-Brain and Food Health?

Our Graduate Programmes rely on student trainings through basic and translational research.

GP MICAS  scientific areas:

  •  Enteric nervous system and intestinal pathologies
  • Microbiota and its link with the gut in central nervous system and chronic pathologies
  • Developmental origins of health and disease (DoHAD)
  • Preventive effect of diet on microbiota modulation, on chronic diseases and on neurodevelopment and behaviour
  • Metabolism and metabolic diseases in relation to the gutliver axis, the gut-brain axis and the gut-fat axis

International mobility :

  • Erasmus +
  • Internship at Andres Bello University (Chili Santiago)
  • Internship at Birmingham University (UK)


Entry requirement

Academic requirement

Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences

Language requirement:

Be comfortable with English and have a strong desire to develop communication skills in English


Application procedure

Selection: file examination

Application procedure for the 2023-2024 academic year

For students who do not live in France and do not have French nationality:
  • Countries that are part of the Campus France procedure, please note that the inscription will be opened from 1st October to 31st December of the year before the entry year. (Ex: Inscription period from 01/10/2023 to 31/01/2024 for the entry date on 01/09/2024). For more information please access to these links: or Nantes Université – CEF procedure
  • Countries that do not use the Campus France procedure (including EU countries), please follow our VAEE procedure.

For students who have French nationality or resident in France, please follow Candidature en Master


First year of Master

What's next?

Level of education obtained after completion


Competencies acquired

  • Conduct research and analysis of bibliographic and technological resources
  • Design a Biology-Health project in one's field of specialisation
  • Develop an experiment in Health sciences
  • Analyse data collected in a fundamental, clinical or pharmacological research study
  • Promote result and scientific production

Career opportunities

Further studies

After two years of a Master's degree, you will have the choice of developing your own career or pursuing a research project at PhD level.
Career opportunities after obtained a PhD degree
Mis à jour le 29 February 2024.