Research

A national hub for high-level research

Research is at the heart of The University of Montpellier’s activity and is the key not only to creating new knowledge but also to identifying innovative issues that enable students to acquire concepts and skills for their future professional life. Montpellier is the 5th national concentration in terms of Research forces.

In its 76 research departments, there are more than 2 300 university lecturers and researchers, and 1 700 PhD students working together in order to drive science forward. The whole research activity is carried out collaboratively with the leading national research organizations:

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During the last evaluation in 2011, the French Evaluation Agency for Research and Higher Education (Aeres) gave the maximal mark A or A+ to 86% of UM research departments.

In order to structure its research policy and increase the synergy of the Education-Research-Innovation cycle, the research activity of the 76 research units and the educational activity of the 17 schools and faculties have been organized by means of 9 scientific thematic departments:

  • Biodiversity-Ecology-Evolution-Environment
  • Biology-Agronomy-Health
  • Chemistry
  • Law and Politic Science
  • Economics and Management
  • Education
  • MIPS (Mathematics, Informatics, Physics and Systems)

In 2015, more than 3 000 scientific papers were published by researchers from UM in the most prestigious international journals. One third of them are co-signed with colleagues from foreign countries. Research does not remain confined to the labs: more than 586 patent families come from partnerships involving UM.