University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)


Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC) is a public university federating 7 Higher Education and Research (HER) Institutions operating in the Bourgogne - Franche-Comté (BFC) Region:

  • Université de Bourgogne (uB),
  • Université de Franche-Comté (UFC),
  • Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM),
  • École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et des Microtechniques (ENSMM),
  • Institut National Supérieur des sciences agronomiques, de l’alimentation et de l’environnement (AgroSup Dijon),
  • Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM),
  • Burgundy School of Business (BSB).

Strategic Goals

  • Foster Excellence and Internationalization of BFC Higher Education and Research,
  • Increase attractiveness for national & international Students, Professors & Researchers,
  • Develop Innovation, Transfer and socioeconomic Partnerships.

Facts & Figures

  • 60000 students, including 3000 master degrees/year and 1900 Ph.D. students,
  • 9000 employees, including 2200 faculty members,
  • 280 permanent researchers from National Research Institutions,
  • 51 Research Laboratories, some of them including National Research Institutions (CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INSERM, CEA),
  • Entered the Times Higher Education World University Ranking in 2016.
  • Awarded in 2016 and 2017 by the National French Program “Projects for the Investment for the Future”,
  • Operates the national Excellence Initiative Project ISITE-BFC (Initiative-Science-Innovation-Territories-Economy). / Pexels

Priority Research Areas based on the Project of Excellence ISITE-BFC

  • Area 1 - Advanced Materials, Waves & Smart Systems: Advanced materials, smart systems, clean energy, Quantum, and brain-inspired photonic computing, Programmable matter.
  • Area 2 - Territories, Environment, Food: Socio-ecological and food transitions; innovation in agriculture and agro-food industry; soil & territory management strategies.
  • Area 3 - Comprehensive Individual Care: Innovative care tools of inflammatory and chronic disease; Human performance sciences; Integrative patient-centered care approaches.

Global education portfolio reads

  • 34 bachelor degrees
  • 46 master degrees (194 options)
  • 14 engineering degrees
  • 1 Business & Management degree
  • 6 Doctoral Schools:
    • Environments – Health
      • Biology, Health, Ecology, Environment
    • Carnot-Pasteur
      • Mathematics, Physics, Earth and Universe Sciences, Chemistry
    • Engineering Sciences and Microtechniques
      • Mathematics, Physics, Earth and Universe Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering Sciences, Information, and Communication Sciences and Technologies
    • Societies, Spaces, Practices, Time
      • Institutions and social behaviors, space, environment and societies, human spirit, language, education, languages, arts and cultures, ancient and contemporary worlds
    • Literature, Communication, Languages, Arts
      • Information and Communication Sciences, Linguistics, Ancient and French Languages/Literature, Comparative Literature, Literatures, and Foreign Languages, Civilizations, Cultures and Regional Languages, Performing Arts
    • Law, Management, Economy and Political Sciences
      • Markets and Organizations, Economics, Finance, Management, Normes, Institutions and Social Behaviours, Law, Political Science, Sociology, Demography
  • 1 Graduate School: EIPHI “Engineering and Innovation through Physical Sciences, High-technologies, and cross-dIsciplinary Research” with 5 Master Programs in
    • Physics, Mathematics, and Applications
    • Smart Systems and Structures
    • Energy
    • Material Science
    • Computer Science

EIPHI is jointly operated by FEMTO-ST Institute and ICB laboratory, two major UBFC Research laboratories with high international recognition in Physical Sciences and Engineering.

EIPHI Key Features

  • A cross-disciplinary approach in Physics & Engineering Sciences, with high-technologies.
  • A broad spectrum of taught knowledge, from fundamental to applied sciences.
  • A future-ready education program, for breakthrough, smart, and sustainable innovations.
  • An attractive education track, personalized and definitely oriented toward international experiences.
  • A graduating track immersed in renowned research institutes, opening the doors to high-tech companies seeking international profiles and high added value hard and soft skills.

UBFC English-taught Master Courses

  • Control for Green Mechatronics (GreeM)
  • Physics, Photonics & Nanotechnology (PPN)
  • Master program in Mathematical Physics (Math4Phys)
  • Photonics, micro-nanotechnology, time-frequency metrology, and complex systems (PICS)
  • Behavioral Ecology and Wildlife Management (BEWM)
  • Ecology, Monitoring, and Management of Ecosystems (EMME)
  • Master Program in the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Master Program in Physics and Computational Physics
  • From lipoproteins to innovative therapies and pharmacy-imaging
  • Transition Metals in Molecular Chemistry (T2MC)
  • Data Analyst for Spatial and Environmental Economics (DASEE)
  • Master Rare Books and Digital Humanities
  • Projects in International and European Engineering (PIECE)
  • Microbiology and Physicochemistry for Food and Wine Processes
  • Physiological and Psychological FOOD choices Determinants (P2FOOD)



32 Avenue de l'Observatoire
25000 Besançon, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

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