The higher education system in France was reformed with the Bologna process, which seeks to create common European standards for university studies. Four types of degrees are available at a French university:
- Bachelor (“Licence”): three years (6 semesters) = 180 ECTS
- Master (“Master”): two years (10 semesters in total) = 300 ECTS
- Engineering degree: five years (16 semester) requiring 480 ECTS
- Doctorate (“Doctorat”): three years on average (16 semesters in total) = 480 ECTS
Each degree is obtained by acquiring ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits. An academic year is divided into two semesters, and the validation of one semester accounts for 30 ECTS credits. Earning credits at the higher education level may vary according to academic workload, number of course-hours and course objectives.
University of Montpellier offers multidisciplinary training in highly professionalized fields. Program and courses are organized into two main complementary domains: “Law / Economics / Management” and “Sciences / Technology / Health”. It provides students with an opportunity to train in multiple areas in order to meet the needs of tomorrow’s demanding careers, by combining disciplines such as robotics/engineering and health, economics and the environment, or law and information technologies for instance. UM’s academic strategy revolves around inter-disciplinary and multi-skill training programs, with courses of excellence for License’s degrees (Bachelor’s degrees), Professional License’s degrees and Master’s degree programs.
Doctoral studies are strongly developed at University of Montpellier and geared towards addressing emerging societal challenges. Doctoral courses are provided and managed by UM’s doctoral schools and UM’s doctoral college.
UM delivers quality training to its students as demonstrated by the high rate of student’s job insertion: 80% to 90% of Master’s graduates find a job within 30 months after graduation.
The “Baccalauréat” is the French high school/secondary school-degree that allows students to embark into University studies, usually around 18 years of age.