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Mastère Spécialisé (MS) Management de l’Innovation dans les Agro-activités et Bio-industries (Masternova)

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Management and innovation in life sciences

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2 nd rank

Eduniversal ranking 2024 of the best Masters, AM and MBA - Agribusiness / Food Industry Management category

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Programme presentation

For more than 25 years, the programme Masternova has provided a dual skill set in life sciences and managerial disciplines that can be applied to innovative projects in the fields of agri-food, health, biotechnologies, cosmetics, bio-based chemistry and more.

As a Masternova graduate, you can hold project manager positions in the agri-food, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and biotech sectors, become a life sciences innovation partnership manager, join an innovation consulting firm in life sciences or an organisation promoting and applying research results.

Choosing Masternova is choosing innovation and a diverse skill set and career path. It also means working with the way we live, and being involved in a sector with a high employment and growth outlook.

5 good reasons to join the programme

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The integration of managerial disciplines and life sciences to become innovative project managers.

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More than 25 years of expertise in the field of management and innovation in life sciences.

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Programme ranked no. 2 in France (2024 Eduniversal Ranking of Best Masters, AM and MBA).

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A double degree awarded by NEOMA Business School and AgroParisTech graduate engineering school.

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A work-linked training programme boosting entry in the professional world.

Head of programme

Pierrick GOMEZ – Head of the Advanced Master, NEOMA – Doctorate in sciences management

Violaine ATHÈS – Academic supervisor of the Advanced Master, AgroParisTech – Doctorate in biotechnology

Karen DELCHET-COCHET – Head of the Advanced Master, AgroParisTech – Doctorate in environment sciences

The management and life sciences integration in the service of sustainable innovation

Programme objectives

The programme Masternova allows students to develop a dual skillset in life sciences and managerial disciplines that can be applied to innovative projects in the fields of agri-food and biotechnologies. The part-time schedule with one week of courses and three weeks in business is easily adapted to professional life.

The degree is an Advanced Master co-awarded by NEOMA Business School and AgroParisTech and accredited by the “Conférence des Grandes Ecoles”.

Skill sets

The MASTERNOVA programme enables students to:

  • Design an innovation strategy in the field of agri-business and bio-industries that takes into account of sustainability issues
  • Manage an innovation project in the field of agro-activities and bio-industries
  • Elaborate a plan for launching an innovation in the field of agro-activities and bio-industries
  • Manage multidisciplinary teams in the field of agro-activities and bio-industries

This programme is accessible via the « VAE » (awarding a qualification based on relevant professional experience).

The skills blocks of the certification may not be acquired separately. The proposed curriculum covers all skills blocks.

Programme highlights

Double degree with AgroParisTech

This programme offers each student the opportunity to earn a double degree with an internationally recognised school.

Team projects

The team projects conducted on practical cases including analyses on technological feasibility and commercial viability, marketing-mix decisions and the construction of a business plan.

With project-based learning in groups, the students are made into direct stakeholders and managers of their project. They need to search together for solutions to problems posed by the actual realisation of the project and gradually learn and develop as they work towards its completion.

These projects teach hybrid, technical and operational skills while allowing students to develop soft skills.

The Proj’innov, common thread project in team

The proj’innov is a managing project that takes place during a few months. It is based on sustainable innovation and/or the launch of a new activity in the field of life sciences . The teams of auditors organise all the activities that will ultimately lead to a concrete proposal for a product or even an associated organization while ensuring the integration of CSR and the viability of the project.

Adapted programme for high-level athletes and artists

High-level athletes and artists may benefit from an adapted programme in order to pursue both their studies and their passion.

PROFESSIONAL THESIS

The professional thesis is a project whose purpose is to identify an issue important to companies and respond to it by using a conceptual approach and empirical research. This project must lead to practical recommendations for companies. Its additional purpose is to help students acquire technical expertise while also developing important soft skills for the job market: critical thinking, complex problem resolution, etc.

Evaluation procedures

The programme is recognised through a dual validation:

  • Ongoing assessment: evaluations conducted throughout the length of the programme in the form of individual or collective reports to be submitted
  • A professional thesis: submission of a written document and an oral defence before a jury made up of an academic tutor and a company tutor.

If some modules were not validated and thus no credits were earned, the programme participant can redo the evaluation during a period set up for this purpose.

  • Percentage of students sitting final examinations*: 100%
  • Graduation rate*: 100%
  • Source: *2022-2023 Jury

    Tuition fees 

    2023 fees for the Master en Management de l’innovation technologique
    dans les agro-activités et les bio-industries (Masternova)
    T1 T2 T3
    Employee or
    freelance benefiting from partial or
    total support by a public or
    private financier (professional contract)
    Job seeker with allowance and
    benefiting from partial or
    total coverage of training costs by a third party
    Any other trainee not concerned
    by situations 1 and 2
    T1 T2 T3
    15900€ 13500€ 12000€

The part-time format allows you to remain at your company and promotes your entry and development in the professional world.

Targeted professions

  • Innovation Project Manager
  • Business Developer – Product Manager
  • Innovation Financing Project Manager
  • Licensing Manager
  • Project Manager for Technology Transfer, Research Results Promotion, Innovation Partnerships
  • Sustainable innovation consultant

Main sectors of activity

  • Chemistry / Cosmetics / Pharmaceutical Industry 67%
  • Audit / Consulting / Certified Public Accountant / Studies 33%

Performance indicators

100%

Part-time (work-study) format1

N/A

Average time taken
for job search2

N/A

Employment rate
at 6 months2

N/A

Percentage of graduates entering targeted professions3

Sources: 1 Course data 2022-2023 | 2 Graduate Employment Survey 2021 & 2022 | 3Graduate Survey 2022

Eligibility

This programme is intended for young graduates who want to develop a specialisation or earn a double skill and professionals who want to complement their skills.

We accept applications from students holding one of the following diplomas:

  • Four-year Bachelor’s degree
  • Three-year Bachelor’s + 3 years of professional experience*
  • Level-7 RNCP certification
  • International degree equivalent to the required French degrees noted above

*apart from internship and work/study contract.

Nationals of the European Community as well as international students aged under 25 years old and who have been residing in France for at least 12 months are eligible for this programme.

This programme is accessible to people with disability.

 

Apply

1st step: Application

You need to fill out the application online.

You must include the required documents:

  • CV
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Marks from your last two academic years
  • Level of English*

*If the applicant does not have results from an English exam (B2 level), the recruitment manager can have the applicant take an online test.

The selection jury will decide on an applicant’s admissibility after reviewing their application.

The applications must be finalised no later than 10 days before the date of the interview.

2nd stage: Admission tests

Applicants deemed admissible after review of their applications then have a motivation interview.

Definitive admission is communicated to each candidate within 7 days of the date of the motivation interview. Application fee: 100 €

Calendar

Applications are accepted between October and August, subject to availability.

However, given the limited number of places available, we advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Admission sessiondates :

  • Wednesday, April 3rd 2024
  • Friday, April 26th 2024
  • Tuesday, May 21st 2024
  • Tuesday, June 4th 2024
  • Thursday, July 11th 2024

For more information, contact our international team:

Practical information

  • Format:

    Part time (one week of lessons, three weeks in business)

  • Duration:

    12 months

  • Tuition fees:

    Refer to the Curriculum page

  • Campus:

    Paris, Partner's university

  • Teaching language:

    French

  • Course start date:

    September 2024

  • Entry level:

    Master’s Degree / Four-year Bachelor’s degree + 3 years of professional experience (apart from internship and work/study contract) / Four-year Bachelor’s degree (30% of class)*

  • Degree awarded:

    Double degree with AgroParisTech/Advanced Master accredited by the "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles" / RNCP Level 7 / RNCP sheet 38492 / Manager de l’innovation dans les agro-activités et bio-industries (Advanced Master)
    Registration date: Registration date: 21/12/2023 - NEOMA - AgroParisTech

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Ranking

2 nd rank

Eduniversal ranking 2024 of the best Masters, AM and MBA - Agribusiness / Food Industry Management category

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Practical information

  • Practical information
    • Format:

      Part time (one week of lessons, three weeks in business)

    • Duration:

      12 months

    • Tuition fees:

      0€

    • Campus:

      Paris, Partner's university

    • Teaching language:

      French

    • Course start date:

      September 2024

    • Entry level:

      Master’s Degree / Four-year Bachelor’s degree + 3 years of professional experience (apart from internship and work/study contract) / Four-year Bachelor’s degree (30% of class)*

    • Degree awarded:

      Double degree with AgroParisTech/Advanced Master accredited by the "Conférence des Grandes Ecoles" / RNCP Level 7 / RNCP sheet 38492 / Manager de l’innovation dans les agro-activités et bio-industries (Advanced Master)
      Registration date: Registration date: 21/12/2023 - NEOMA - AgroParisTech