Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)

Introduction

Université Côte d’Azur is a recently created cluster of higher education establishments on the French Riviera that brings together the major players in higher education and research in the region. Université Côte d’Azur aims to develop a new, 21st-century model for French universities, based on new interactions between disciplines, a new form of coordination between research, teaching, and innovation, and strong partnerships with the private sector and local authorities. In January 2016, Université Côte d’Azur won a prestigious “IDEX” award from the French government for its UCAJEDI project, placing it among the top 10 world-class, comprehensive universities in France.


At the glance

Research

  • 4218 persons involved in research in A or A+ ranked laboratories
  • 493 active research and training partnerships
  • 53 ANR funded projects
  • 35M euros obtained through research contracts
  • 76 national and 48 international prizes and awards

Education

  • 1,700 Ph.D. students
  • 8,000 Masters students
  • 16,000 undergraduate students
  • 22 remote an e-Learning courses and more coming
  • 59 patents and 37 licenses
  • A new learning center at SophiaTech focused on innovation and knowledge sharing

International

  • An exceptional cross-border territory, which in a few tens of km², is the bearer of world-class brands (Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse, Monaco, Italy)
  • 20% foreign students
  • 6 campuses abroad
  • 100 European-funded projects, including European Research Council (ERC) grants
  • More than 100 international teams abroad

UCA

The University of the 21st Century

The Université Côte d'Azur is made up of 13 outstanding institutions, working together as ONE UNIVERSITY. We challenge ourselves in all the ways. We break barriers in nearly every field. We go beyond the limits. We search the best of all of us, the best of you, to make our world better.

The scope of UCA thus brings together all the public and private entities of higher learning and research, well-known and visible on the international scene, that are present on the Côte d’Azur. The innovative character of its distinctive collaborative practices will create self-organizing conditions for excellence; it will drive the emergence of future science, training, and innovation.

  • The Université Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS), research-intensive, present in all international rankings;
  • Two National Research bodies: CNRS and Inria, multidisciplinary and emblematic in digital sciences, respectively;
  • Another star that is joining the UCA's cluster is the Côte d’Azur Observatory (OCA). With some 450 staff located on four sites (Mont Gros and Valrose in Nice, Sophia Antipolis, and the Plateau de Calern Observatory). Designed by Charles Garnier the OCA has a remarkable architectural and scientific heritage, But far from looking to the past, it remains an internationally recognized center for research in Earth Sciences and Astronomy consort with precision mechanics, high-performance computing centers and virtual observatories.
  • The Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) of Nice, a leading national center for simulation and innovation in hematology, biological resources and therapies that places basic scientists side by side with medical researchers and engineers;
  • EDHEC and SKEMA, two outstanding Business Schools present in all international rankings; the presence of two Business Schools, present in world rankings, brings to the project, in addition to their research and training activities, a culture of quality assurance
  • A consortium of six Art Schools, active on the international scene, comprising world-class establishments, is a guarantee of the originality of our vision and will boost the creativity of our approach. In all, each of the players brings a unique contribution with high added value and a new dimension.
  • Centre National de Création Musicale, is one of the six national centers of French musical creation. Its mission is to disseminate and promote the repertoire of contemporary music by deploying its activities mainly on four axes: production, broadcasting, training, and research.
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art Villa Arson, it's a unique national institution dedicated to contemporary art. It reunites in a single venue a school of art, an art center, an artists’ residence, and a specialized library. The building has been listed Patrimoine du XXe siècle
  • The Sustainable Design School (SDS), shaping the future, with a responsible focus on the 4 pillars of sustainable development through new and creative learning methods in partnership with the industry.
  • Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower, Since its creation in 1961 the Ecole Superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower has become one of the world’s premier professional dance schools in terms of classical ballet, contemporary dance and Jazz training. The ESDC’s partnerships with professional dance companies, among which Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, or international competitions as Le Prix de Lausanne.
  • Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional de Nice (CNRR). Since 1957, the Conservatory has catered more than 50 000 students from over 50 different countries and it has welcomed a series of great musicians, either as students or as teachers from around the world.


UCA's Ambitions

Research, Create, Innovate

Université Côte d’Azur was created in 2015, to bring to life the collective ambition of the major players in higher education and research on the French Riviera. As a higher education cluster that includes a major research university, multiple top-level research agencies and laboratories, elite business schools, and a group of internationally renowned art and design schools, UCA is well positioned to provide multidisciplinary, creative solutions to the complex challenges posed by a rapidly changing world.

Building on the French Riviera’s rich history as a center of artistic and technological innovation and as the home of the largest technology park in Europe (Sophia Antipolis), our vision is based on scientific and educational excellence, a strongly international focus, deep connections with local industrial and governmental partners, and a resolutely transdisciplinary outlook. Our research and educational programs are the fruit of decompartmentalized interactions between disciplines, the inclusion of human, artistic, and management dimensions to our projects, and a rigorous foundation based on quantitative, digital, and data-driven approaches.

As a recognition of our ambitious agenda and scientific excellence, in January of 2016 UCA was awarded a prestigious “IDEX” (Excellence Initiative) award by the French government, placing UCA among a small group of high-profile, world-class French universities and providing an endowment to help us achieve our goal of transforming our university and our region. We have also recently won a number of other major national awards to support our activities in, notably, continuing education, undergraduate and graduate education, and entrepreneurship.

With over 20% of our faculty and students coming from abroad, UCA is strongly turned towards the outside world, an aspect that is being constantly reinforced with the creation of elite international partnerships and the development of new international educational programs that will be taught entirely in English. New services have also been created to help attract international researchers and students and allow them to settle into the region, as well as to help university faculty publish their research in top international journals.

UCA is also working to develop entrepreneurial and business skills among its researchers and students. A number of new programs aim to inspire the entrepreneurial spirit in students at all levels and to give them the tools needed to achieve their dreams. University researchers and ideas are also at the heart of many companies in the region, whether they are based on university research or founded by a member of the university.

Finally, UCA is striving to be a catalyst that will transform the Côte d’Azur region, contributing to its growth by providing solutions to business problems through consultancy activity, continuing education, and through the licensing of discoveries to new and existing companies. The constant exchange of ideas between the university and the region is an important contributor to its growth and success. Much of UCA’s leading research can be translated into solutions, products, and companies that will benefit both society and the economy.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

View MScs » View Online MScs »

Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc Engineers for Smart Cities

Campus Full time September 2019 France Nice

A multidisciplinary study experience on smart city innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards sustainable urban environments. The program fosters talents in developing and implementing innovative smart city projects. Experts from academia and industry propose an innovative learning experience equipping participants with the right competencies to thrive in a fast-evolving employment landscape. The program is tailored also to suit government and corporate professionals seeking career development. [+]

A multidisciplinary study experience on smart city innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards sustainable urban environments. Degree: Diplome Universitaire Duration: 1 year FI (initial training)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training) Location: Nice/IMREDD Language: English

The program fosters talents in developing and implementing innovative smart city projects. Experts from academia and industry propose an innovative learning experience equipping participants with the right competencies to thrive in a fast-evolving employment landscape.

The program is tailored also to suit government and corporate professionals seeking career development.

Objectives ... [-]

MSc in Biobanks and Complex Data Management

Campus Full time September 2019 France Nice

The MSc in "Biobanks and Complex Data Management" opens immediate career opportunities in a variety of sectors such as human health, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industrial laboratories, and agricultural industry. [+]

The MSc in "Biobanks and Complex Data Management" opens immediate career opportunities in a variety of sectors such as human health, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industrial laboratories, and agricultural industry.

Degree: Master of Science (MSc) FI (initial training)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training) Duration: 2 years Location: Nice Campus Pasteur/Sophia Antipolis Language: English

A Biobank is a biological materials repository that collects, processes, stores, and distributes biospecimens to support a scientific investigation. The main objective of this MSc is to acquire knowledge, experience, and practical skills that will qualify graduates to work in the multidisciplinary field of biobanking (humans, animals, plants, and other living organisms) and complex data management.... [-]


MSc in Biocontrol Solutions for Plant Health

Campus Full time September 2019 France Nice

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. Implementation of eco-friendly plant production technologies, minimizing the hazards and risks to human health and the environment, is a major challenge worldwide. This challenge is faced by all economic sectors producing or using plants: agriculture, agri-food, cosmetics, Pharmaceutics. [+]

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. Degree: Master of Science (MSc) FI (initial training)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training) Duration: 2 years Location: Sophia Antipolis/Institut Sophia Agrobiotech Language: English

Implementation of eco-friendly plant production technologies, minimizing the hazards and risks to human health and the environment, is a major challenge worldwide. This challenge is faced by all economic sectors producing or using plants: agriculture, agri-food, cosmetics, Pharmaceutics.

Objectives Track taught in English Immersion of students within internationally recognized laboratories and R&D centers. Built-in interdisciplinarity Customizable training thanks to mentored professional teamwork projects and internships. ... [-]

MSc in Data Sciences

Campus Full time September 2019 France Nice

Join the most strategic field of the digital economy and learn its fundamental methods and algorithms with the "Data Science" MSc program at Université Côte d'Azur! [+]

Join the most strategic field of the digital economy and learn its fundamental methods and algorithms with the "Data Science" MSc program at Université Côte d'Azur! Degree: Master of Science (MSc) FI (initial training)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training) Duration: 2 years Location: Nice Campus Valrose Language: English

Data Science is an emergent field of activity, which will become increasingly vital to the digital economy in the coming years. This requirement is mainly due to our increasing capacities in data acquisition and processing. The "Data Science" MSc at Université Côte d'Azur prepares future specialists in mathematical techniques and computer tools necessary for the extraction of knowledge from masses of data.... [-]


MSc in Modeling of Neuronal and Cognitive Systems

Campus Full time September 2019 France Nice

Mod4NeuCog is an elite MSc program in the modeling of neuronal and cognitive systems, which is designed to educate the interdisciplinary researchers of tomorrow. Through its innovative approaches to mentoring, Mod4NeuCog aims to foster natural curiosity and autonomy in students. The goal is to develop active researchers at the interface of applied mathematics and cognitive sciences. [+]

Mod4NeuCog is an elite MSc program in the modeling of neuronal and cognitive systems, which is designed to educate the interdisciplinary researchers of tomorrow. Degree: Master of Science (MSc) FI (initial training)/FIA (apprenticeship contract)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training)/PRO (professionalization contract) Duration: 2 years Location: Sophia Antipolis Language: English

Through its innovative approaches to mentoring, Mod4NeuCog aims to foster natural curiosity and autonomy in students. The goal is to develop active researchers at the interface of applied mathematics and cognitive sciences.

Objectives

Graduates will have acquired the basic knowledge in mathematics, statistics, computer science, biology and cognitive science needed to model neurocognitive systems.... [-]


Msc in Science, Conservation & Valorization of Marine Resources

Campus Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 1 - 2  September 2019 France Nice + 2 more

Engage in an interdisciplinary approach to appraise marine biological resources and their scientific, economic and social values. As we are only now beginning to uncover the role of the ocean in our society, it's crucial to bring together scientific, economic and societal stakeholders. The greater understanding of marine ecosystems offered by scientists is now opening up brand new socio-economic opportunities. The idea: develop our knowledge of the ocean to better value and protect its resources. [+]

Engage in an interdisciplinary approach to appraise marine biological resources and their scientific, economic and social values. Degree: Master of Science (MSc) FI (initial training)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training) Duration: 2 years Location: Nice Campus Valrose and Sophia Antipolis Language: English Website: http://app.univ-cotedazur.fr/marres

As we are only now beginning to uncover the role of the ocean in our society, it's crucial to bring together scientific, economic and societal stakeholders. The greater understanding of marine ecosystems offered by scientists is now opening up brand new socio-economic opportunities. The idea: develop our knowledge of the ocean to better value and protect its resources.... [-]


MSc Management of the Flavor & Fragrance Industry

Campus Full time September 2019 France Nice

The MSc "Management of the Flavor & Fragrance Industry" offers 2 years of multidisciplinary training entirely in English. Grasse is the global capital of perfumes and hosts all levels of the flavor and fragrance industry. All elements of the perfume industry are developed and processed in this region. The aim of this degree is to train future industry professionals and provide access to multidisciplinary education in an intercultural context at the Grasse site. [+]

The MSc "Management of the Flavor & Fragrance Industry" offers 2 years of multidisciplinary training entirely in English. Degree: Master of Science (MSc) FI (initial training)/FC (executive training)/FP (continued training) Duration: 2 years Location: Grasse Language: English

Grasse is the global capital of perfumes and hosts all levels of the flavor and fragrance industry. All elements of the perfume industry are developed and processed in this region.

The aim of this degree is to train future industry professionals and provide access to multidisciplinary education in an intercultural context at the Grasse site.

Objectives

The program offers high-quality education provided by qualified staff from UNS and EDHEC, and the expertise of our partners (companies, institutions, universities).... [-]


Contact
Location address
Campus Valrose, Batiment M
28 avenue Valrose
Nice cedex 2

Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06108 FR
Social Media