The University Bachelor of Technology

In September 2021, there will be a change to IUT course catalogues: The University Bachelor of Technology (B.U.T.) will become the new staple degree for IUTs.

In studying for a B.U.T., students benefit from a 3-year course, without further selection processes during this time, and earn a Bachelor level degree. The course complies with international standards, which facilitates exchange programmes with foreign universities. A DUT (University Diploma of technology) is awarded after the first two years of the course.

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What is a University Bachelor of Technology?

  • A nationally recognized Bachelor-level degree awarded after a 3-year course 
  • A course with a selective admissions process 
  • 24 recognized fields of study (Business & Administration, Business & Marketing, Computer Science, Biological Engineering…), with the possibility of choosing between different study tracks within these fields 
  • Innovative teaching based on skill-building that is well-suited for project-focused work 
  • Helping and monitoring students on a more personal level, within a more manageable and approachable structure
  • A national work-oriented diploma training students in skills that are sought after by the relevant socio-professional areas. 

The IUT still offers:

  • The same recognized fields of study (Business & Administration, Business & Marketing, Computer Science, Biological Engineering…)
  • A course with a selective admissions process 
  • Training that is well-suited to the relevant field, with a strong focus on tutorials and practicals in small groups 
  • A recognized course focusing on skills that are highly sought after in the job market
  • Teaching staff who are invested and in close contact with students 
  • A work-oriented university course that meets the national curriculum’s requirements

The B.U.T

Chimie – Montpellier Campus >Analysis, quality control, environmental chemistry
>Materials and formulated products
Chimie – Sète Campus >Analysis, quality control, environmental chemistry
Biological Engineering >Dietetics and nutrition
>Medical biology and biotechnology
>Food sciences and biotechnology
Applied Physics >Instrumentation Techniques (TI)
>Materials and Physico-chemical Controls (MCPC)
Electrical Engineering and Automation >Electronics and Embedded Systems
>Electricity and Energy Efficiency
>Automation and industrial computing
Computer Science >Applications Implementation: design, development, validation
>Communicating and secure applications rollout
>Applications integration and information system management
Business and Marketing >Digital Marketing, e-business and entrepreneurship
>International business: sale and purchase
>Business development and customer relations management
Business and Administration >Accounting, fiscal and financial management (GC2F)
>Management, entrepreneurship and administration (GEMA)
>Human Resources management and Administration (GPRH)

Transitional university calendar 

Within IUTs, the next three academic years will see the first, second and third years of the new B.U.T. course (in French:Bachelor Universitaire de Technologie) be progressively integrated according to the calendar below. DUT diplomas will still be awarded upon request after the end of the second year of a B.U.T. course.  Vocational Bachelor’s degrees (in French:LPorlicence professionnelle) that are not part of B.U.T. courses will continue to accept students from B.U.T. courses or with two-year undergraduate degrees. 

Questions before starting a B.U.T.

What are the tuition fees?

Tuition fees are the same as for other university courses (170 euros to enrol each year), though students can be exonerated if they receive a grant or social scholarship.  

Which fields of study are available for B.U.T. courses at the IUT Montpellier-Sète? 

The fields of study are the same as the DUT courses: Chemistry (at either Montpellier or Sète), Biological Engineering, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering and Automation, Computer Science, Business & Marketing, Business & Administration. 

Are the admissions criteria and selectiveness the same as other courses at the IUT? 

Yes, the B.U.T. admissions process is still selective, and the admissions criteria take into account the recent French baccalaureate reform.

Questions about the types of courses on offer

Are DUTs going to disappear?

No, students will still earn a DUT diploma after the second year on a BUT course. 

What do the study tracks mean?

Study tracks are progressive specialisations aiming to train students in specific skills or a specific skillset pertaining to their field of study. Students usually choose a study track before the start of their second year. At the IUT Montpellier-Sète, there is only one field which offers study tracks from the beginning of the first year: Biological Engineering. 

Is the teaching staff different for DUT and B.U.T. courses? 

Students will still receive technical training from experienced teaching staff (professors, research professors and visiting professionals). 

Will the Vocational Bachelor’s degrees (LP) still exist? 

Most of our Vocational Bachelor’s degrees will serve to create the B.U.T. courses. 

What internship opportunities are there?

The specificities surrounding internships are different for each teaching department. You can find information about internships on each department’s website. 

When can I start a work-study programme? 

The specificities surrounding work-study programmes are different for each teaching department. You can find information about work-study programmes on each department’s website.

Further studies

Can I continue studying after a B.U.T?

Yes. The B.U.T enables graduates to enter the job market or pursue further studies as it is a Bachelor-level degree. 

What different opportunities regarding further studies are available after a B.U.T.?

Master’s degrees, engineering schools or business schools, studying abroad…

NB: depending on the school, students can apply after either the second or third year of a B.U.T. course. You should therefore check with each individual school. 

Other questions

What is the difference between a B.U.T. and other kinds of bachelor’s (in particular in engineering or business schools)?

The B.U.T. is a national bachelor-level public degree, which leans on research and is governed by the IUT network, made available in all French territories. 

Are B.U.T. courses only available in IUTs?

Yes, the B.U.T. is a degree that is exclusive to IUTs. 


A three-year, Bachelor-level diploma: 180 European credits (ECTS).

More opportunities for international mobility.

Learning all the necessary skills for either entering the job market or pursuing further studies.

University training in technology by a varied and experienced teaching staff.

Professional experiences thanks to internships and work-study programmes.

Pathways to other degrees.