The Master of Science in SPIBES curriculum is subdivided into modules. Courses are designed in a way to provide students with the training and skills for intervention in Science-Policy interfaces including but not limited to the International Biodiversity Council, International Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

M1 SPIBES (Semester 1)   
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General Knowledge
ENG 4
Language upgrade Course
ENG 1
English and French upgrade Courses
SPI 4

Introductory lecture in interdisciplinary for environmental management: the science-policy interfaceSPI 4.1The MSc WABES: A Master On the Science Policy Interface for BES
SPI 4

Introductory lecture in interdisciplinary for environmental management: the science-policy interfaceSPI 4.2Introducing students from first and second batch
SPI 4

Introductory lecture in interdisciplinary for environmental management: the science-policy interfaceSPI 4.3Introduction to IPBES: History, objectives, functioning and international governance context (CBD,...)
Fundamental Knowledge
BBS 4Basic concepts on Biophisical sciencesBBS 4.1Basic concepts on Ecology (population dynamics, ecosystem functioning)
BBS 4Basic concepts on Biophisical sciencesBBS 4.2Basic concepts on Climate system and climate change
BSS 4Basic concepts on social sciencesBSS 4.1
Basic concepts on Environmental economy
BSS 4Basic concepts on social sciencesBSS 4.2
Basic concepts on Environmental sociology and anthropology
BSS 4Basic concepts on social sciencesBSS 4.3
Basic concepts on Environmental Laws/policies
Methodological Knowledge
RSC 4Research skills: communicationRSC 4.1Bibliographic research
RSC 4Research skills: communicationRSC 4.2Scientific writing
RSC 4Research skills: communicationRSC 4.3scientific presenting (Science-Media-Professional)
RSP 4Research skills: good practicesRSP 4.1Ethics and good practices in science
RSP 4Research skills: good practicesRSP 4.2Introduction to Methods in interdisciplinary research (including survey technique)
Internship
FIM 4Field Immersion (Practical, data collection in institutions…)FIM 4.1Students visit to biodiversity and ecosystem services-related companies and administrations in their home countries
M1 SPIBES (Semester 2)   
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Fundamental Knowledge
BSD 5Basic concept on sustainable developmentBSD 5.1The concept of sustainable development (history, challenges, opportinuities, SDGs, Agenda 2063)
BSD 5Basic concept on sustainable developmentBSD 5.2The concepts of transformational changes and resilience
BSD 5Basic concept on sustainable developmentBSD 5.3New economic paradigm and sustainable development (green , bleu, circular and bio economies, GDP degrowth)
DEL 5Diversity and evolution of lifeDEL 5.1Global diversity and distribution of life
DEL 5Diversity and evolution of lifeDEL 5.2Taxonomy for biodiversity management (Plants, animal and micro-organism)
Specific Knowledge
SEE 5Socio-economy of the environmentSEE 5.1Biodiversity & ESS Governance
SEE 5Socio-economy of the environmentSEE 5.2Agro-biodiversity and Agroforestry (seeds diversity, crop varieties, threats)
SEE 5Socio-economy of the environmentSEE 5.3Biodiversity conservation and management strategies
Methodological Knowledge
IES 5Key interdisciplinary methods in environmental sciencesIES 5.1Considering different values for biodiversity and ecosystem services and (integrated) valuation
IES 5Key interdisciplinary methods in environmental sciencesIES 5.2Indigenous, local and traditional knowledge and practices in biodiversity management
IES 5Key interdisciplinary methods in environmental sciencesIES 5.3Methods of knowledge co-production / participatory methods
DCA 5Data collection and statistical analysisDCA 5.1Statistical analysis, data management and biodiversity sampling strategy
DCA 5Data collection and statistical analysisDCA 5.2Data collection and analysis methods in social sciences (qualitative and quantitative)
DCA 5Data collection and statistical analysisDCA 5.3introduction to applied GIS
EVM 5Environnemental modelingEVM 5.1Application of biodiversity and ecosystem services modelling /Ecosystem/ climate change)
Internship
FIM 5Field immersion (Practical data collection in the field)FIM 5.1Field course Comoe & Lamto reserves
M2 SPIBES (Semester 3)   
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SPI 6Science policy interface (SPI)SPI 6.1Integration of Ecosystem services concepts to existing initiatives (PPPs in West Africa / cross-sectoral policies)
SPI 6Science policy interface (SPI)SPI 6.2Using IPBES to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable development goals in West Africa
Specific Knowledge (applications)
AEI 6Applied ecology for sustainable development: Imacts assessmentsAEI 6.1Upcoming and current IPBES assessments
AEI 6Applied ecology for sustainable development: Imacts assessmentsAEI 6.2Land degradation , restoration & management (reflecting on the IPBES assessment, GLP, ...)
AEI 6Applied ecology for sustainable development: Imacts assessmentsAEI 6.3Environmental impact assessment
AEU 6Applied ecology for sustainable development: urban ecologyAEU 6.1Application of Landscape Ecology and planning
AEU 6Applied ecology for sustainable development: urban ecologyAEU 6.2Urbanization and sustainable cities in West Africa
Methodological Knowledge
AMF 6IPBES assessment methodology and funding SPIAMF 6.1Methods and tools to conduct an IPBES assessment
AMF 6IPBES assessment methodology and funding SPIAMF 6.2Funding science and science policy interface work (Career planning, how to develop a scientific project proposal, how to raise funds for science policy interface work)
SSS 6Scientific soft skillsSSS 6.1Bioinformatics and data management: example on existing initiatives (GBIF, JRS Biodiversity foundation
SSS 6Scientific soft skillsSSS 6.2Project Management, Fund rising (example of biodiversity management)
SSS 6Scientific soft skillsSSS 6.3Communication skills
Thesis
Research proposal
Students workshop : Analysis and validation of master research proposals
M2 SPIBES (Semester 4)   
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Thesis
Internship and defencePractical data collection in the field/Dissertation/ defence