The National Museum of Natural History offers a privileged higher education program led by researchers from not only the Musée de l’Homme but also from their regional partners (including Sorbonne University), as well as partners in France and abroad. The teaching is adapted to a wide range of levels, from undergraduate to doctoral studies, without forgetting courses for professionals. 

Undergraduate Teaching

The Museum contributes to undergraduate teaching programs.

Following the reform of undergraduate teaching, students of the UPMC-Sorbonne University may, in addition to their primary subject matter, complete transdisciplinary minors that offer coursework meant to explore a complementary theme.

As a part of this initiative, two transdisciplinary minors focus on the work of different teams at the Museum:

  • Scientific Mediation minor: created for students who want to discover the fundamental concepts of communication, mediation, and scientific journalism.
  • Heritage, Society, and North-South Relations minor: targets students who would like to develop their naturalist curiosity, are interested by the Museum’s research topics, and would like to discover research where it happens (laboratories, fieldwork, museums, and collections).

The Museum’s Master’s Program

The Museum offers a degree in Evolution, Natural Heritage and Societies. 

The Master’s degree in Evolution, Natural Heritage and Societies (EPNS) offers a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of past and present mechanisms acting on biodiversity’s evolution, and strategies for sustainable conservation. This degree looks at life, earth and human sciences by employing the Museum’s historic richness of fossil, cultural, and living collections as well as their expertise.

The Master’s Program is composed of six specialties:

  • Ecology, Biodiversity, Evolution (EBE)
  • Environment and Dynamics of Territories and Societies (EDTS)
  • Museology for the Sciences, Culture and Societies (MSCS)
  • Mechanisms of Living Organisms & the Environment (MVE)
  • Quaternary and Prehistory (QP)
  • Systematics, Evolution, Paleontology (SEP)

Doctoral Studies at the Museum

The Museum offers a Doctoral Degree entitled “Natural and Human Sciences: Evolution and Ecology”.

The Doctoral school “Natural and Human Sciences: Evolution and Ecology” (ED227) is co-accredited by the National Museum of Natural History and the University of Pierre and Marie Curie. It depends on 74 research teams. The areas of study that it covers include natural sciences (systematics, paleontology, prehistory, archeology, geology, ecology, and conservation biology) and human sciences (sociology, anthropology, history, and ethnology). The Doctoral School also encourages new approaches in these two large families of research in order to further our understanding of evolutionary, ecological and social mechanisms. 

Museum Courses

Museum Courses are teaching modules with a focus on ecological, evolutionary and human sciences. 

Museum Courses are meant for doctoral and masters students, post-doctoral researchers and scientists, as well as a large range of professionals as continuing education.

These courses offer an opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in the technical and scientific research fields in which the National Museum of Natural History is recognized on an international level. 

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