Research geared towards the needs of the 21st century society

Acknowledged in worldwide university rankings (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS ranking), University of Montpellier is internationally recognized for its expertise in many scientific fields such as health-biology, agro-environmental science, chemistry, information and communication technologies and science.

UM coordinates 5 Laboratories of Excellence and 7 Equipment of Excellence projects which all result from a highly selective and competitive French national call-for-funding process.

From space exploration and robotics, to eco-engineering or chronic diseases, the University researchers conduct research, seeking to provide innovational responses for mankind and the environment around.

A favorable environment for world-class research

UM provides its researchers with the required technological platforms and facilities for cutting-edge research.

It works in partnership with the Montpellier University Hospital, which ranks 6th in France, and the Nîmes University Hospital, as well as with numerous research institutions represented in Montpellier including CNRS, INSERM, INRA, CIRAD, IRD, INRIA, IRSTEA, CEA, IFREMER, and BRGM.

Generating value is a priority

UM maintains strong links with state-of-the-art industries established in the region, especially in the biomedical and new technology sectors (Horiba, DELL, Sanofi…). Joint-research stakeholders have access to many of UM’s laboratories through public-private partnerships

Technology transfer friendly, the Montpellier ecosystem is comprised of 5 competitiveness clusters, a high-tech park and a business incubator (Montpellier Agglomeration Business Innovation Centre, BIC), ranked in the world’s top 5. UM also partners with the regional agency in charge of value generating (SATT AxLR, a technology transfer acceleration company for innovative projects derived from academic research).


Montpellier University of Exellence

Montpellier University of Excellence seeks to link scientific disciplines to societal challenges by funding ambitious and transversal scientific projects on MUSE key sectors via competitive calls, and by strengthening support for researchers. The desire expressed by all stakeholders to contribute to the emergence of a world-class university and, to this end, to strengthen the reputation and recognition of our scientific community is reflected in both the adoption of a common signature policy for scientific publications and the unprecedented funding support for the site’s research projects: almost 10 M€ in 2017 and 2018 combined.

The backbone of I-Site MUSE’s overall architecture is the now fully embedded 6 Laboratoires d’Excellence. LabExes will resume their efforts in accordance with their respective initial commitments and undergo key assesment by the French government in 2018.


Scientific departments are the components of the university that are responsible for coordinating research in a given thematic area. Discover the list of UM’s scientific departments.

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Clusters of excellence

Discover the many projects of the University of Montpellier, University of Excellence: Agro, CEMEB, Chemisyst, Entreprendre, EpiGenMed, NUMEV.

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University foundations

As the backbone of the University’s strong projects, foundations give students new opportunities to carry out their professional projects.

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International rankings

10 December 2018|

The University of Montpellier holds a leading position in the world’s top rankings thanks to the positive dynamics instilled by obtaining the I-SITE MUSE.

HR Excellence in Research

7 December 2018|

Université de Montpellier awarded with the “HR Excellence in Research” European label. In March 2017, UM has carried out a mid-term review report and update of its HR Strategy for Research (HRS4R) in line with

2nd French university to the last winners INPI

7 November 2018|

The University of Montpellier is the 2nd French university in the last list of patent applicants public / private published by the National Institute of Intellectual Property (INPI). It is ranked 35th with 38 deposits in 2017.